Due to our recent (Saturday) graduation of beautiful and integrity-filled Vedic Meditation teachers, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to teach authentically and what success might look like. Layer in some recent negative gossip that has been darkly crawling over to me about the way in which I personally teach meditation, (which is a very definite modern flavour, deliberately) and some other conversations with people being disruptive in their work and copping a bunch of crap for it, I thought, yes indeed it’s time to write a little more about this very topic!
People that see the world as a competitive place will always be threatened. It’s a poverty mentality of there’s not enough ‘for me’ and anyone that’s encroaching or challenging is too much to bear. When people are critical instead of happy for someone else, it’s simply fear based. I genuinely think that everyone at their core doesn’t want this, but a lot of the time it was programmed in at a young age and they simply haven’t been able to rewire it. Sometimes it’s not even awareness, spirituality or psychological training that can even get someone over it, as I know some really messed up spiritual teachers and people with the best training in the world!
I have found that rather than try to wonder what the back story is and getting further caught in the storyline, and to minimise getting hurt and upset which is our normal go-to, is to simply remember they are hurting in some way, and that life mustn’t be that great for them if they’re being cruel or gossiping like that. People that feel the need to compare are just insecure, simple as that.
Additionally, being really grateful for all that you are, and can contribute in whatever way that looks to you, is the medicine for feeling angry. It’s hard to be pissed off and grateful at the same time. So redirecting our attention to the good things we have going on rather than scrunching up our noses about the less desirable stuff has saved me too many times to count. Band ultimately if we respect ourselves deeply than we don’t seek the respect from those that don’t deserve our attention in the first place.
Sent with love,