I was feeling incredibly grateful after recently teaching an Open Floor dance class in Marseille. Much of the gratitude was coming from the fact that this is such a nourishment for me and privilege. I have just moved to Portugal and it is not as simple as it was for me in Helsinki to teach. The feeling of gratitude was for the opportunity to share whenever these chances come to me.
So it was special for me to be in Marseille ! In a sense my giving a class is just as much an experience for me as I hope it is for the people who participate. It is not about giving a performance and measuring how well it went. Was the music right for the energy ? Were the instructions clear? Did people understand! No, it was not this but the unique opportunity to meet everyone in the same place and bare our souls together...At the crossroads of the spirit. (reference the courage to teach by Parker J Palmer). When I am as natural and open as I can be then I am meeting the group and individuals on equal ground in a common space at the crossroads where we all come together. I simply let go and fulfil my role as space holder and trusted guide for that moment!!
So every class I teach is a gift to me and an opportunity to reflect on what I experienced, to grow and transform it and to offer it back to the collective consciousness of the class.
This is just a short note and reflection to acknowledge that the student and teacher come together to create something. We need each other to do this and the essence of the practice is just to be loose and natural and allow things to flow and to let go of our expectations and roles. Simply be aware in that moment. To be open to each other and vulnerable.
Thank You and may we meet on the happy road of destiny.