This above all: to thine own self be true.
I think this is very good advice. I try to do this as much as I can. When I was at University, I would talk a lot about being honest – to myself and others, but often I think I was brutal and unkind (to others, but often to myself). I don’t think that’s the best way to live – but I think to be true to yourself is the best way to be that I know.
I’m doing lots of thinking abut yoga at the moment – and this is also good advice. I’m doing a lot of thinking about where I want to be teaching, and what is the right way to teach – and this is what I’m using as my standard. I think part of the reason I am such a good teacher is that I try to be as honest and truthful to my craft as I can. I also think that’s what makes me such a good musician too. (I don’t mean to sound like I’ve disappeared up my own arse here – I hope it doesn’t read that way.)
I think self-authenticity is under-rated you know. I’m not sure it’s valued as much as it should be.