BE YOUR OWN GURU
Be Your Own Guru
Everyone Else Is Taken
A good teacher and coach provides tools for you to create your own path
Be Your Own Guru
In the West, so many of us are desperate to find someone to show us the way. Maybe you copy the diets of people whose body type you admire, or follow the career path of someone who has achieved their idea of success. In doing so, you lose our own agency – your ability to act in the way that is best for you. You forget about bioindividuality – that we are all unique individuals on our own journeys, with our own past experiences. You no longer listen inwards to your own inner wisdom. Instead, you live your life trying to imitate somebody else.
It’s time to trust yourself again.
I have a few clients who jokingly call me Guru. Although Guru literally means ‘teacher’ in Sanskrit, it generally is a term given to the most respected spiritual leaders in Pan-India. As a Westerner who has a somewhat normal life, I definitely would never consider myself a Guru – even though I devote much of my time and energy into studying and living yoga. I instead strive to provide my students and clients the tools to be their own Guru.
Find A Teacher Who Facilitates Your Growth
The sign of a good teacher and coach is one who is able to help you shift past your self-imposed limitations. A good teacher or coach will help you see your true self-worth, and will empower you to make your own decisions.
In a society where we normally look outwards to find the answers, we often end up wanting someone to tell us what to do. Eat this, think that, act like this. What we really need is someone who is a few steps ahead of us on the path, who can help – and sometimes advise – us while reminding us that we already know what we need to do. It’s the doing it that’s the hard part!
To move in the direction we want, help is required through creating a step-by-step actionable process. We all benefit from support, challenge, accountability and understanding to keep progressing. Someone who is walking the path a few steps ahead of us can also help us navigate the obstacles that would otherwise stall us.
Trusting In Your Inner Knowing
I recently wrote about how our thoughts can obscure our reality. At some point in our lives, we all need guidance to uncloud our perception to see clearly. Again, at some point we will really lean on external support to teach us the way. Not some Guru’s way – your way.
It may sound counterintuitive to seek support so that we can find our own path. However, we live in a culture where we’re systematically taught to ignore our own knowledge and inner wisdom. A good coach, mentor or teacher can unravel that unhelpful learning with us, provide us with tools to take action and reignite our own power.
You are your own guru, but sometimes we all need a teacher, coach, mentor or helping hand along the way.
What are your thoughts? This topic can be a contentious subject, but I would love to hear what you have to say on this in the comments below! Until next time…