The Path To Bodhichitta

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Special Student

I start a new beginners' class tomorrow and I'm slightly nervous. Not about the teaching but about a particular student.

In her late thirties, she's already suffering from osteoarthritis of the knees. In addtions, she's just recovered from chemotherapy, which has caused brought on menopause, which in turn is worsening her knees. She desperate and determined. I'm excited and anxious.

This student is special not because she has special needs, but because I dream of carving a future in yoga therapy, and it is students like her who will pave that way for me. Having said that, I'm not out to 'fix' her. My aim is to help her help hersef. Help her to understand her body, her pain, her strengths and her weakness, then learn to work with them. The same way I've been working on my scoliosis.

It has been a long journey and it has only just begun. It has been two months into since I started working on myself and although the pain still exists, it has lessened somewhat and I understand what sets it off and soothes it. For the first time, I see a glimmer of hope. And I want my special student to see it too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You’ve come a long way my friend and I’m so glad that you realize that in your own journey of self discovery you are meant to touch other lives. You are ready and the Universe is showing you the right students or as they say in the energy world people of the same vibrations are attracted to you and vice versa. Don’t be afraid to share with her this new person some of your own personal struggles and the remedies that work for you. Yes draw your boundaries but also don’t be afraid to share your pain for then she will not feel so alone. I know how private you are but you will know when the time is right to say the right thing not to baby but to offer support.

Have faith.

Love and light
Your friend from Kuwait

6:19 AM  
Blogger starlight said...

thank you for everything you've said. it has helped me feel steadier. am hopping from one foot to another in excitement with the prospect of seeing you soon!

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've come a long way alright. Great to hear about your new class. Good for you. We haven't seen each other for a while and I'm looking forward to lunch on Wed.

Take care and, peace,

7:08 PM  
Blogger starlight said...

Hi Anon, thanks so much for the encouragement. Am looking forward to meeting with both of you too!

5:46 AM  

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