A metaphor: you’re the teacher in a classroom of twenty young children. There are nineteen dedicated students and one dedicated screamer. Who captures the attention of the class, the teacher, the subjects or the screamer?
When friends gather around you and angels sing, and the seven blue ethers weave deep missions in the fabric of your psyche – then, a few people speak out strongly against you. What is the final calculation? Who captures your attention, what is the score?
It sounds like a total victory for your good name – for sure it must be. But if those who would speak against you are speaking the loudest, the outcome is always in question.
You’ll always have to be increasingly silent to hear and disciplined to bear witness to the gentler voices of the friends, angels and ethers praising your many victories.
Instincts beg you to holler, to return to your survival, compassion begs your quiescence, to return to your joy.
Friends, angels and ethers sing praises at a much higher frequency with a subtler melody and a softer volume. To hear this praise and truly relate to it in the midst of criticism one must be devoted to the positive, disciplined to only hear the negative but not be controlled by it and dedicated to experiencing life’s full spectrum – not just the loudest voices.
At such moments, with this proper outlook, all criticism takes its appropriate place. Just a single seat within the registry of life in the classroom Earth. Then, critics do not overwhelm the system. The negation, and perhaps screaming, does not capture all of the attention. Breaths, meant to experience joy, are not condemned to only hear the one screaming child in the room. Your efforts to learn and grown can now be more balanced and rewarding, but always be aware that the screaming child sits inside you too.
What profoundness is able to gather with a sense of growth around this far more mature and conscious response ability! What clear pathways point toward your success where challenges and obstacles once dominated. The nineteen devoted students within you are not set free to learn from each lesson of life without being tormented by the hollers of the one fear or doubt. This metaphor is very real and meeting it daily on real terms is essential.
Guru Singh is a world-renowned yoga instructor, author, musician, and family man. Guru Singh works with the Dalai Lama, teaches with Tony Robbins, and has recorded an album with Grammy® Award-winning artist Seal. He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.