Always be Your First Teacher

Good morning friends! I’m almost finished with The Zen of Recovery, by Mel Ash. I have made it a point to take my time with this one and feel it and not rush it. I like to think about things and work on applying them. I have a few chapters left, and the last one really stuck out to me.

The chapter was called: Killing the Buddha Instead of Ourselves. This chapter offered an approach on how to approach those we may consider our teachers. I have posted a bit about this in one of my earlier posts, but it points out how important it is for us to own our process and think for ourselves. There is no one right way to heal, and no single person who knows all. 

We can learn from anyone, even those who’s defects are very pronounced. The chapter states that everyone has defects, but the true teachers are the first to admit their own shortcomings. It also points out how common it is for a “teacher” to claim to know best. Sadly, this can be a way to consciously or unconsciously make their student fearful to be without them. I loved that Ash pointed out that it is not on us to judge the person teaching us, but that it IS on is to judge the quality of help we are being suggested toward.

I believe it is so important to learn to think for and advocate for ourselves at the end of the day. Staying humble and open-minded will allow us to continue to grow and learn. Ash said that we can awaken to our own potential, and that the teachings we practice are not seperate from us. We can find what works for us and adjust our program or practice according to where we are. 

I wanted to share this because I am a fan of sharing what makes me feel empowered in hopes that someone else might become empowered as well. Living our lives includes trusting our ability to follow our hearts/our intuition. 

Have a great day friends 💜