Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Mysore w/ Deb C.
6:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Today I found myself in a situation that I often experienced practicing Muay Thai at more than one gym when I was in Toronto and had the luxury of multiple choice — how to deal with differing, and sometimes conflicting instruction. Every teacher has their own unique path, and I've never met two that shared the same viewpoints on every subject. As a student, it can be a challenging situation to deal with because you're faced with an inner conflict and need to make a choice in the moment.
Today, I realized that from the teacher's perspective this may appear to be resistance or stubbornness, when in reality the student may be having to shift from how they were told to do something in the past to how you're asking them to do it today. What I resolved to do in these situations is to go with the flow, be flexible in my mind, and take whatever instruction or correction I'm being offered in that moment, understanding that I can always make the choice of what method to integrate into my own practice later.
There is always more than one way to do most everything, and very rarely is there a clear right or wrong way. Keeping an open mind in these situations allows us to fully receive what is being offered and who knows, maybe you need different corrections on different days. Or perhaps later on when teaching, I may need to offer a correction that differs from my preferred method to accommodate the individual needs of a student. Having a deep and varied library of knowledge will certainly come in handy, and the only way to build that resource is to be open, accepting and grateful for all that is being offered.