For a long time I was disappointed.
I was disappointed by my students.
I wanted perfectly coordinated, supple, strong students, who would practise at least as much as I did when I started, who would pay on time and jump at any opportunity to learn with me, or train with each other.
I should have known better. I really should have, I have had enough deliberate training in ‘accepting’. I used to run trainings which used present moment acceptance as both the goal, and the method.
Anyway, I’m not disappointed anymore. I’m grateful.
My students, with all their not listening, not watching, not remembering, not practising, not having strong supple bodies are perfect.
Part of it is me being selfish. Every ‘flaw’, every mistake is an opportunity to learn to demonstrate, explain, and generally reformulate how I teach so I get better.
And to do that I have to really pay attention to my students.
That’s when I realize how perfect you are.
So much gratitude.