“True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.” ~Ralph W. Sockman
Quality #10: Humble
Humility is a beautiful quality missing in those who think too much of themselves. Good yoga teachers aim to be and to remain humble even as their skills, business and student base grow. Remaining true to themselves while humbly acknowledging their own skill requires special people who are well-founded in reality.
Recently several yoga “gurus” have come under fire for their lack of humility and downright abuse of power. Such stories are becoming more common but in contrast, thousands of good yoga teachers humbly take up their posts daily and continue onward in striving to bring the freedom and health benefits of yoga to all.
Humble yoga teachers realize that teaching yoga is about developing others, and in helping and serving others. Teaching yoga is a great honor that good yoga teachers do not take for granted.
As a final note, I had a wonderful Taekwondo teacher who always said, “Do not take my kindness for weakness.” Such are the paths of truly humble yoga teachers – kind but not weak. In so being, they honor their students and themselves, and are also strong enough to honestly and deservedly sit in the sacred seat of teacher.
What is your definition of humility? Have you ever known a truly humble person who held a powerful position? What made them humble in your eyes?
Have a great Friday!
Pilsung, (Certain Victory)