In Chapter 1 of Start Where You Are, Pema Chödrön writes:
We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement.
The heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun.
But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are.
We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.
From this perspective we don’t need to change.
Today our teacher training group will be team-teaching the 4:30p.m. Free Friday class at It’s All Yoga for the first time. I woke up this morning with my stomach in knots. “Can I do this?“, I wondered.
You and I both know that the first time out of the gate isn’t going to be perfect. There will surely be awkward pauses, and words spoken that I wish I could grab right out of the air and stuff back into my mouth. My hands and voice might shake. I might stumble, blank out, forget where I’m headed, say right when I mean left, say arm when I mean leg. I might laugh nervously. And I’ll probably use a bunch of unnecessary filler words.
But, if we’re ever going to get started, we have to start somewhere and this is where I am right now. And even though my teaching skills may be in their infancy and today certainly won’t go perfectly, I have everything I need to get started in this moment. So, wish me luck — here we go!