When I am teaching a class, I often see one of my clients doing something really interesting, like a movement that hadn’t occurred to me. I love that. The student is teaching me a different way to interpret the music. It allows me to see from a new perspective, which gives rise to further innovation. It is a gift.
Teaching dance is really a gift to myself that I am so lucky to share with everyone taking a class. My clients are also a gift to me. I love to dance and I love it even more when I can share that love with others.
We teach our children, but our children are truly our Buddhas. We are in relationship with our significant others, with our friends, with our co-workers, with the guy we buy coffee from -- sometimes we are teaching, but always we are learning. Life is never a one way street. That is an impossibility.
The best student is one who teaches; the best teacher is one who is also a student.
The person we admire is our teacher; the person who makes us crazy is also our teacher. And in our interaction with them as students, we are, in turn, their teachers.
If we believe that we all spring from the same source, what we do for ourselves we do for everyone else as well. What we do for others is a gift to ourselves, too.
To give and receive are one and the same.
Life is a circle. (Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?) Since a circle has no beginning and no end, we can only hope that the circle spirals upward into higher levels of understanding.
So I am grateful this Thanksgiving (and every day) for all my teachers and all my students.
Photo by MaryEllen Hendricks