Have you ever just stopped to really notice life, and appreciate how magnificent this gift is. We live in a world which is full of so much beauty and we’re surrounded by miracles of all types - but this can often get overlooked. I was reminded of this when visiting my new, but very basic, Shala today. It’s nothing special, but I’m actively working on seeing beauty in everything, and being grateful, rather than getting caught up in the western, busy, stress filled life. At the end of the day, we choose our own realities. For my reality, I choose to see beauty. To see the magnificence that surrounds me.
As I mentioned before, today I went to visit my Shala - the first time since collecting the keys on Friday. Ok, it doesn’t have fancy decorations, wooden floors, chandeliers or a sound system like all the other studios I’ve been to in Melbourne - (all add-ons I don’t need) - but it has four walls, heating and an open space. That’s enough. Of course I dream to have a beautiful Shala one day, but humble beginnings are something to be appreciated. I want to build something from nothing. Yes, money is tight. Yes, I have no idea how long it will take to get my first student, and yes - my Shala may not be pretty like all the others. But i guess it comes down to the ‘practice’ itself. Just as my teacher taught us that it’s not about the clothes you wear when you practice - as your clothing won’t bring you any closer to Samadhi (a higher state of consciousness). It’s about your presence within self. This is where the beauty lies, and this is what I hope to help others see. What a truly exciting and wonderful experience I will share with my future students.
So, I would be lying if i didn’t say I was nervous about getting started. But, as Bharath would remind us, in time and with practice our confidence as teachers will improve. We just need to take it one day at a time. Patience.
Well, time to continue preparing for tomorrow night! Much love to all. Remember to take time out to appreciate the magnificent world that surrounds. Your entire being will be better off for it.