Shyness and Ego

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A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me what her yoga teacher had said during their yoga class. The yoga teacher was sharing with the class a conversation between a yoga guru and his student.

The guru told his student that he believed the student was ready to step up and become a yoga teacher. However despite the confidence shown to him by the guru, the student was somewhat hesitant about starting a class on his own. He told the guru that he was not ready to do so, and claimed that he needed to overcome his shyness before he could stand in front of everyone to conduct a class.

“You are not shy,” the guru replied. “Your ego is too big.”

The guru went on to explain that instead of feeling shy, the student was afraid to fail; he would not allow his ego to be bruised by rejection.

This insight was a revelation to the student. He promptly acknowledged that his ego was holding him back from his yoga progression, and in his words, “Thereafter I am shameless”.

When there is no ego, there is nothing to be ashamed of.

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