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When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear

April 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 164

The well-known proverb "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" is often attributed to Buddha and is quite popular among yogis. After all, Buddha was a practicing yogi before he achieved enlightenment, so it is hardly surprising that the message resonates with those who are on a spiritual path.

I was recently reminded of this potent proclamation when I reached a state where I felt a lack of inspiration. Life is far from a struggle, as I am doing what I love for a living: teaching yoga at a popular, well-known chain of studios and running a small beachfront resort. I have ample free time and quite comfortable financially with a condo in Bangkok and a country house in the suburbs. Yet I yearned for more: Make more money, be a better teacher, attract more customers to the resort. I was also struggling with the idea of contentment: After all, shouldn't I just be grateful for what I have and stop thirsting for more?

A few weeks ago, I met a romantic interest "D," who is a life and business coach. Given D's profession, I was immediately thrown into the "guide and help me" mind-set. Also, D is new to yoga, so we both felt that we could both teach and learn from each other. It seems like my inspiration has finally arrived.

As we got to know each other better, I observed that the stuff that came out of D's mouth truly shook me up. I have never worked with a life coach before so this was my first exposure to this kind of personality. I thought that it took this kind of aggression to jump-start people into a different mind-set, which, I have to admit, made me face a lot of my issues in a very short period of time. I did ask D, after all, to guide me.

D has been in Thailand for the past year and will be leaving in a couple of months for training in London. After we met, D expressed an interest in coming back to Thailand to live after completing his coursework. I asked D to give up the serviced apartment rental and move in to my condo just to see how living together was going to work. My thought was that it'll only be for a short time before D's departure and we will learn a lot about each other as we "played house." We can then decide if living together after D's return to Thailand is a good idea.

While having someone to come home to is good, there were times that I needed kindness, patience and understanding and D woefully came up short. The qualities that make D good coach are the same ones that make a bad partner. Perhaps the playing house experiment was too illuminating, too soon.

We went to a wine party last Saturday night and had a screaming fit in the cab after. D stormed out of the taxi and disappeared into the night. Shocked from the sudden explosion, I immediately went home and started packing D's belongings. The next morning, I woke up to this text message:

"I messed up last night, no excuses...I love you, I'm sorry, please forgive me, I want you in my life as my partner."

And several follow ups to say that we should have a heart-to-heart before I make any final decisions. I apologized for my speedy actions and said that everything is forgiven wholeheartedly. When D showed up later that evening, everything was packed and waiting downstairs. D wanted to follow me to the 5th floor condo, which is when I asked the security guard to take everything out of the building and to call D a cab. D seemed genuinely surprised, and somewhat hurt, at the deftness of my actions. "If you won't let me come up, then you won't see me again, is that what you want?" D asked. "Tonight is not the time for talking," I replied. "We can talk later after we both digest what went down the night before."

I feel super empowered after this whole experiment. D was exactly the inspiration that I needed to shift my perspective from boredom to one of strength and optimism. Even though our separation could have been less dramatic, I find myself in a much stronger place emotionally than before D's arrival. I was asking the universe to provide a teacher who could inspire me to take charge of life and that is exactly what happened. The things that I learned about myself in what was a month-long, 24-7 life coaching sessions are valuable beyond belief. I truly have no ill feelings toward D at all; in fact, I will always think of D as a great teacher and guiding spirit.

One last observation: The day before the incident, we were talking about how things disappear from life after one reaches a certain vibrational level. When you get to a certain point of evolution, things that no longer match your vibrational frequency vanish. D was on his way to yoga after our conversation and could not find the keys. "No matter," D said, "You still have yours so I don't need to find that now." D asked me to keep my eyes open for them. I was puzzled, then, too, as I just saw the keys on the table a moment ago. Now, however, I know that they are exactly where they need to be: Just as teachers appear when students are ready, keys disappear when doors are (about to) close.

May you keep your eyes open for teachers, for some arrive in most unusual forms. Om Shanti Om.

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