The art of learning

From last night’s philosophy talk:

“Learning is as much an art as teaching.” Yogācārya B.K.S. Iyengar 🌟🌟🌟🌟”The act of being a teacher is the act of being a student.” Mr. Manouso Manos 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Tapas is burning zeal (effort) to reach the goal.

The act of teaching yoga is the act of setting oneself on fire (through practice) to impact others through example. The act of being a yoga student is being lit on fire.🌟

Most of us are afraid of feeling inadequate. I am coming to understand the role of being a student may be the act of (seemingly) disappointing the teacher. And then going home and trying to learn from it. And showing up again for the next lesson. We have to remember that what we call “me” is in a state of becoming. It is not fixed. So if “I” don’t get it, “I” still can learn, change and evolve toward getting it.  Eventually our work becomes clear. Our will aligns with divine will. This must be maintained

and then passed on...


“Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, “Abba, as far as I can say my little office, I fast a little, I pray and meditate, I live in peace and as far as I can, I purify my thoughts. What else can I do?” Then the old man stood up and stretched his hands toward heaven. His fingers became like ten lamps of fire and he said to him, “If you will, you can become all flame.” —from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers