Wednesday, May 8, 2019
If you love a subject and you are ready, the teacher will appear-- or so goes the saying. But it's just not that easy. Most find that there is more to it. So...
As a student, you will find teachers who will demotivate you or attempt to distract you from the good path you were on. Maybe you had a wonderful embrace or amazing walk that a new teacher has now "disassembled." Now your latent talent must be recovered. So the "get set"phase may slow your greatest desires. It's just the fact in any human endeavor of learning that teachers can be a student's biggest obstacle. On the other hand, if you have a lot to give as a teacher, many students will appear who will not be able to hear or find what you have to give. It will all be worth it when the right student or the right teacher appears.
If you stick with it, the student will find the teacher and the teacher will find the student. Then one thing remains. When will it be time to disappear from one another, the student from the teacher and teacher from the student?
Lao Tzu answers this question in his wisdom for both teacher and disciple:
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
|He's talking and she's looking for an escape.|
A tango community where I once lived had a problem. When I arrived there, I was astounded by conversations going on while dancing. The garrulous dancers were entirely veteran men and women dancers!
The word "conversation" should not need to be defined, but let me clarify: Walkie-Talkie Dancing is not occasional sighs, or a few chuckles, a once-in-a-while "wow" or an occasional blurted "that was fun." Walkie-Talkie Dancing is an ongoing conversations while dancing.
Walkie-Talkie Dancing usually stops when a person learns a bit of tango etiquette. But seasoned dancers? No excuse.
This post is for new dancers who have to decide for themselves if their local veteran dancers (role models) are modeling the best habits or not.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
This is what she says each time she goes dancing:
"Tonight will be my last ever milonga."
But she says it with a smile. She makes the most of each "last time" she has in a joyous way.
She practices for the true last time that surely will come sooner or later--not as a sad reminder that there is in all things always the very last time, but that she may be aware and simply to show up fully. She's not on her phone. She's not just chattering loudly next to the dancers. She is present, catching the eyes of others who want to dance too. She's aware. She's there.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
|A moment of stillness before the International Dance Concourse in Vienna|
Many want to know which path to take in life. Well, perhaps that is the wrong question. Ask instead: "What is my internal concourse for life?" Tango has helped me see this very clearly. If you have a passion for tango, I think that we probably have very similar places that converge.
The following are some of the many paths leading to the open space of my external concourse, and although they are mine, I think that many reading this post might have similar experiences:
Thursday, January 17, 2019
|Fifteen minutes of commitment is harder than you might think.|
Then I realized that was a really big lie. It's not easy at all.