Sunday, April 19, 2009

Life as you perfect teacher

Here's one short article that I would like to share with you all. When you realize it, you'll find that life offers us many knowledge, experience and guidance. Life can be our perfect teacher. All we need to do is to pay attention and look closer to it.

Life - Your Perfect Teacher
Many of us long to find a spiritual teacher or guru. We may feel unsure of how to practice our spirituality without one, or we may long for someone who has attained a higher level of insight to lead the way for us. Some of us have been looking for years to no avail and feel frustrated and even lost. The good news is that the greatest teacher you could ever want is always with you-that is your life.
The people and situations we encounter every day have much to teach us when we are open to receiving their wisdom. Often we don't recognize our teachers because they may not look or act like our idea of a guru, yet they may embody great wisdom. In addition, some people teach us by showing us what we don't want to do. All the situations in our lives, from the insignificant to the major, conspire to teach us exactly what we need to be learning at any given time. Patience, compassion, perseverance, honesty, letting go-all these are covered in the classroom of the teacher that is your life.
We can help ourselves to remember this perfect teacher each day with a few simple words. Each morning we might find a moment to say, "I acknowledge and honor the teacher that is my life. May I be wise enough to recognize the teachers and lessons that I encounter today, and may I be open to receiving their wisdom." We might also take some time each day to consider what our lives are trying to teach us at this time. A difficult phase in your relationship with your child may be teaching you to let go. The homeless person you see every day may be showing you the boundaries of your compassion and generosity. A spate of lost items may be asking you to be more present to physical reality. Trust your intuition on the nature of the lesson at hand, work at your own pace, and ask as many questions

“You don’t learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself.”
— George Bernard Shaw

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Anonymous said...

I also believe that both my life experience and nature are my greatests teachers. I'm a very good observer, and I notice so much that is going on around me. You learn a lot from watching wildlife and paying attention to the sky and the weather. Watching people and how they act and treat others is another way for me to learn. This is how I learn how not to live my life - and to reconfirm that I am doing much better than I was before.

boya arsila said...

Wow..that's such an insipirng way of life. I used to be able to observe lots of things back then when I still have lots of my free time. Maybe later on i'll spend some time just starring at the sky=)