WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG

…an adventure on which nothing goes wrong is just a vacation, and wayfinders aren’t designed for mere vacations.

—Martha Beck

When people have their first ITM lesson, they have the opportunity to start a great adventure.

After all these years it is still amazing to me that studying the relationship between how you think and how you move can give you more access to and facility with your gifts and inherent capacities.

The flip side of this is that for many of us, as we continue to expand ourselves and our lives we bump up against some unpleasant experiences.

These experiences may be health related, relationship related, or seemingly random acts of the universe.

This phenomenon is not unique to the ITM. There is a book popular in business circles called “The Big Leap” in which the author, Gar Hendricks, calls it “The Upper Limit Problem”. He claims that we all have an inbuilt thermometer that registers our tolerable levels of success. When we push forward in our lives and surpass our default setting, we get “Upper Limit Problems”.

In spiritual teachings like “A Course In Miracles” they say that as you become more loving, more of your true self, everything that is not loving and true in you will come up to be healed. Like a detox. And it is usually not pretty. In alternative healing circles, the concept of a healing crisis is accepted as part of the path towards getting healthier.

People also refer to this kind of experience as “self sabotage”. I don’t think this is as helpful. To me, that term implies that you are doing something wrong. What if this phenomenon is a good sign, an exiting sign, a sign that you are growing and learning? A badge of your courage to adventure into the unknown?

In Joseph Campbell’s description of the hero’s journey, the hero is called to his adventure and at first resists the call. Interestingly, once he has accepted, he does not experience effortless, enjoyable success. Oh no, at first, he is faced with trails and tribulations. You know, everything goes to hell!

I was chatting with a friend the other day who was having one of these experiences. And the reason I wanted to write about this is simple.

If if this ever happens to you: A big breakthrough, an exiting new opportunity, a courageous and brilliant life decision and then all of a sudden…everything goes to s***t, please know, you are not alone! YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You are not doing anything wrong. In fact, you might just be a hero heeding your calling.

As I look back over the past couple of years of my life, I see this phenomenon over and over again. After David and I made our big bold move to the UK to follow our passion five years ago almost every important part of my life got rattled, severely. At the time, I was in bits. Now I look back and think, yeah, that all makes sense. I see how that discomfort forced me to face and attend to parts of myself that were not working for me. And I marvel at how much healthier and happier I am in all those areas of my life today.

Last summer I decided to attend the ITM Summer Workshop as a student for the first time in years. I found having a series of lessons absolute bliss. I had the most delightful time with my colleagues, made a huge leap in how well I was teaching, sang with a “band” in public and was surrounded by fascinating, entertaining and inspiring people. At the same time I was managing a large residential workshop with no stress or problems and found lots of time for leisurely afternoons in the sun and delicious drawn out dinners at beautiful restaurants.

About a month later I fell ill with one of the most severe migraine headaches I have had in years. In fact, for months I woke up with a severe headache almost every single day. At the same time I could see and feel that I was moving more freely and easily then ever before.

I think what may have happened is that I rattled my cage, the one I created for myself. By changing how I think and how I move I gave up some of the ways I have generated to compensate for my structural health problems and when my system became more free and flexible I was more in touch with the underlying structural issues.

And that was painful. But it also meant that I was motivated to get some care, and see what kind of improvement I can find. And so far, so good. I am still having pain, but less. I like how regular Oestopathic treatments combined with my AT work are helping me have even more fluidity and flexibility which in the long run, is probably going to be the best way to manage the damange I am dealing with and limit further degeneration.

I don’t have any solution for the “Upper Limit Problem”. Apparently Gar Hendricks does, but so far, I have not been able to apply it to my life!

For some reason, this seems to be part of the process. So do your best, take care of yourself, learn how to weather the storm. Reach out to loving friends. See it as an opportunity to do some deep physic spring cleaning. Read “The Big Leap” and if you can work out how to solve this “Uppler Limit Problem” once and for all, please call me! I am dying to find out.

HOW TO DO ANYTHING WELL

I have a friend who is an image consultant/stylist (Karen Lowe, check her out here).

Karen is the best advertisement for her services. She always looks absolutely gorgeous, whether I see her at a casual weekend event or at a business meeting. She brings a real art to dressing. She has a wonderful eye for color, pattern, texture and proportions. Karen always looks comfortable, appropriate to the occasion and completely herself. She is total eye candy!

I struggle to get dressed, I always feel like something in my outfit is not right, not working. Somewhere I have picked up that getting dressed should be completely effortless. That I should be able to magically pull fabulous items from my closet every morning like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

Recently Karen and I were working on a speaking event together and we had a meeting where we presented the ideas we were going to talk about at the event.

I was listening to Karen talk about how if you want to look more stylish, there is an investment you need to make. Not necessarily a financial investment, but an investment in caring, in time and most of all, in thoughtfulness.

She has a list of totally do-able but effective ways to bring more thought to how you dress so that over time, your style reflects who you really are. Note the “over-time” part! I struggle with getting dressed. Not because I have no “style”.  I am just not putting in the time and thought required to build my closet and choose my outfits.

The researcher Brenee Brown claims that we live in a culture of “fast easy fun”. She says that we have sometimes forgotten that doing good work of any kind can take a huge investment of time and thoughtfulness. For her, there was a 15 year gap between wanting to start a national conversation about her research findings around shame and the TED talk that launched that conversation.

I have nothing against fast easy fun, in fact, in my line of work many things come more easily when we embrace that fast, easy and fun is possible.

But if you are working toward something you really care about and you are not getting your results quick, fun and easy, I want you to know, all is well!

Time, patience and good old thoughtful hard work are the other essential ingredients, and not an indication you are not doing well. When we see people excel and succeed, we only see the end product and not the years and years of blood, sweat and tears that got them there.

And the best part? When you buckle down, whether you reach your goals or not, you will enjoy the bounty of your work. Because when we commit and do the work required for anything substantial, anything that holds meaning for us,  we develop patience, focus and commitment. We deepen our understanding of ourselves and others and we grow more humble and more wise. It does not matter if these endeavours are professional, creative, athletic, spiritual,  personal or even stylish. If they are meaningful to us, they are worth our time and effort.

And if your efforts don’t lead you to exactly where you imagined or where you really wanted to be, in the process you will have built and fortified the most precious resource you have: you. And that is always a win-win situation.

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

In a couple of weeks I am lucky enough to be giving a talk at an event here in Bristol about some ideas we work with in the Alexander Technique.

Marianne Williamson claims that “all great truths dovetail into each other” and really, there are no principles in the Alexander Technique that we can’t find elements of in other disciplines.

In my talk I address a fundamental concept for success we work with in the ITM Alexander Technique that lies at the heart of many many other processes:

In order to achieve what you want, you need to align your actions with the outcome you want.

Simple.

Which brought me to the importance of knowing what you want.

Not always so simple.

In fact, this question has tortured me over the years.

As I was writing my talk I was thinking about why this question has been so painful for me, and why it can be so hard for all of us.

I think the reason it has been so hard for me is that I have made it…. MUCH TOO BIG.

I have been asking myself “what do you want” about huge, big life decisions. What do you want TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE? No pressure there!

What I have NOT been doing constantly and in a disciplined way is practicing knowing what I want in small ways, daily ways, ways that are manageable and doable and will teach me how to apply this question to bigger issues.

And it occurred to me that if I could practice asking what I want when it comes to small tasks and actions, they might add up to a life path that matches what I want. Without ever having to answer that excruciating, difficult question: what do I want…to do with my life!

Years ago, at University I read this in a book called “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott:

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you.”

I think this may be the best advice about life I have ever read!

So for now, I will be asking myself “what do I want” as often as I can to light up my way. I will focus on the two or three feet ahead of me.

What do you think? Do you ever have trouble knowing what you want? How do you find out?

 

DO YOU REALLY NEED SELF-IMPROVEMENT?

Recently someone asked me what excites me the most about studying and teaching the ITM Alexander Technique. What came to mind was how with this work in my life I constantly experience myself as improving.

I am better at doing the things I love to do. I feel better in my body, I am fitter, I am healthier, my relationships improve constantly and I enjoy life more. I have my ups and downs, my wobbles and my downright bad decisions but even those get easier to deal with as time goes on.

According to F.M Alexander the greatest unhappiness is created when people experience themselves as degenerating, rather then improving as they age.

People sometimes bristle at the concept of “improvement”. I think this is because it is easy to hear in it some suggestion that what they are doing may not be good enough.

In fact, when things are not working as well as we wish in any part of our life many of us tend to jump to the conclusion that WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

We believe that if only we were more smart, patient, kind, compassionate, brave, bold etc, this list could go on and on, things would be going better for us.

These beliefs are false.

If you would like to see improvement in any part of your life, the one thing I can promise you is that you don’t need to improve your self. You don’t need to be smarter, kinder, braver or anything else “er.”

You are perfect and fine just as you are. In fact, you are a miracle.

However, you may want to take a look at what you are doing and how you are doing it. More importantly you want to check if that “what” and “how” matches up with your goals and aspirations.

One of the many gifts the work of F.M Alexander offers us is a whole new way to look at “how we are doing things”.

The work offers a whole tool-kit of processes and principles to address what we do and how we do it.

The magic? As you take these ideas and principles on board, you cannot avoid experiencing what I would describe as improvement in yourself.

And this is important. Very important. Because over the years I, like Alexander, have come to believe that improvement, learning, evolving and developing are important aspects of being human and an essential component to living a full and satisfying life.

Can you think of any area of your life in which you feel deficient? How would it feel to no longer see yourself as deficient, but simply see that you could do things a little differently? Can you define your aspirations in that area? Can you see any small easy changes you could make that could help you move in the direction of those aspirations?

Fundamental Problems

“It goes with a view of life which is narrow and limited, since it represents an attempt on man’s part to gain an immediate “end” without consideration of larger issues .”

—F.M Alexander

Last year I had a couple of wonderful opportunities to teach in a corporate environment. As an ITM Alexander Technique teacher I am deeply aware of how “counter culture” our work is and was looking forward to share our different point of view with a new group of students.

About halfway through one of my introductions, the HR liaison interrupted me and said: “This is not what we want. All these people have “bad backs” and they want instruction on how to sit properly to solve their problems.”

I asked how many people in the room had been told how to “sit properly”. Everyone put up their hand and there were murmurs in the room….”proper screen height…..pull in your core….don’t slump….sit on a ball…draw in your chin”.  I asked how many of them have tried to implement that information. Everyone put up their hand. I asked how many people had improvement as a result of doing so. Not one hand went up.

People are not idiots. This was a room full of intelligent, well meaning people who wanted to help themselves. If there were a “proper” way to sit, stand, live, we would all be doing it.

But the uncomfortable truth is that the whole concept of “a right way to sit” does not exist, does not work, and even worse, is damaging to anyone who tries to put it into action.

Obviously, we have a problem in our culture. Millions of pounds are wasted every year on back pain, stress induced illness, RSI and tension headaches. Even greater is the human cost of people forced to live their day to day lives with little satisfaction and without knowing the deep joy and wellness available to them as human beings in possession of a mind and body.

Millions of pounds are made by people offering solutions to these problems. Solutions that don’t work. Which is why we still have people traipsing around offices giving new and ever more nuanced instructions on how to sit properly. These people instruct you on how to “hold” your head, where to put your body parts to have “good posture”, what to pull in and what to push out, where to set your computer screen and mouse, what surface to sit on and what stretches and exercises you must do.

Why don’t these solutions work? Because they are being created by the same thinking that caused the problem in the first place.

You see, the reason we have this epidemic of problems is not because we don’t know “how to sit properly”. It is not because we lack “core strength”. It is not because we are “lazy” and slump all the time. It is not because we “forget” to follow instructions. It is not because we have “bad” chairs. It is not because we need to learn some new stretch or exercise to relieve our problem.

The reason we have these problems is because we are operating on fundamental misconceptions about ourselves and we don’t have any understanding of the processes that govern human movement and function and how to direct them to our benefit.

And unfortunately, solving these problems is not a “quick fix”, it can’t be done with “5 easy tips” and it won’t be solved by the well meaning guy coming to your office with clear instructions on how to sit at your desk. I can’t write a short blog that will solve your problems.

It is a fundamental problem that requires fundamental solutions. In the ITM Alexander Technique, everything we do in a lesson is designed to help you solve those fundamental problems.

And, after twenty years of study and witnessing many miracles, I can say: It works. Unlike anything else. But only if you are willing to put in the time, do the work required and question what you believe and how you behave in a fundamental way.

Not only does it work, but by learning how to make these fundamental changes in how you see yourself and operate in the world you will gift yourself with a freedom you can’t even imagine.

So I am not sorry that I can’t in good conscious acquiesce to the HR liaison’s requests to give those participants tips on how to sit properly at their computer. And while I wish all those people in that office did not have back pain, I know that if it was what brought every single one of them into contact with this extraordinary work on that day, it may be a huge blessing in their lives.

So after being interrupted I went right back to doing my job: sharing the information and tools necessary, modelling and encouraging the kind of thinking skills that those people can use to make these fundamental changes in themselves. I know, without a doubt that is how I can be of the highest service to everyone in that room.

The good news? One of the participants took on the challenge. Instead of being preoccupied with his expectations of what the workshop would be about, he listened to my lecture with an open mind. He really heard my message that our bodies are not meant to be “held” in any particular way. He considered the concept that we live in a dynamic and flexible system that is in constant movement. He considered that the only way a muscle will contract is if you send a message from the brain to the muscle in question and that you can elevate this process to a conscious level. In a very short lesson he understood that he could simply “stop” creating some of the tension in his own body that was causing his discomfort. So he did, and it was awesome! And so can you.

 

 

A SIMPLE EXERCISE TO BE HAPPIER IN 2014

At the end of an ITM class, it is not unusual for the teacher to ask the class: “What did you like about class today?”

Recently, one of the students on the ITM Teacher Training Course asked our teacher why he does not ask the class about what they did not like.

My teacher pointed out that most of us are world class experts in seeing the negative, but we may need some training in acknowledging the positive.

Why is being able to acknowledging the positive important? Well, according to some theories, being able to see clearly what is working well is absolutely vital for learning and changing. According to Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology, even a small shift toward a more positive outlook in life dramatically increases people’s happiness and life satisfaction.

I definitely experience myself in a more positive way and my whole life in a more positive light after my years of ITM study and teaching.  It is not that I ignore the invariable pain and difficulties life can bring, but the tools and skills I have acquired have helped me develop a more realistic, balanced outlook.

In class it is not unusual for me to notice some dramatic positive change in a student that they are not aware of. The only reason that I can see the change is because I have years of honing my skills of observation and analysis and I am simply in a better position then the student to be able to see the change. Sharing what I see from that perspective is one of the valuable services I offer my students to support their learning process.

I recently found a wonderful exercise that can help you develop the skill of a more balanced observation of your life.

For three weeks, every night before you go to bed write down three things that went well that day. And then write down WHY they went well. You can click here for the full description of the exercise.

Dr. Seligman’s research shows that this simple exercise can make you less depressed and happier. When I do it, I am always surprised at the reasons I find for why things went well and it helps me notice all sorts of delightful details in my life I could so easily pass over. It gives me valuable information about what works for me and how to do more of it.

If you do choose to take up the challenge, I would love to hear from you in the comments below. I sincerely wish you all the very best for 2014, my it be your happiest year yet!

Ready To Review Your Year?

“The evils of a personal bad habit do not reveal themselves in a day or in a week, perhaps not in a year, a remark that is also true of the benefits of a good habit“-F.M Alexander

Something I enjoy about teaching ITM Alexander Lessons and as well as being a student is the practice of having to really think about my experience and how I am expressing it. If an ITM teacher asks you how your week was and you say “fine”, you can bet on them asking you “what was fine about it”. This second question almost always produces interesting and thoughtful answers that get the student more in touch with the truth of their experience.

In late 2012 I took a free virtual retreat to plan for 2013 with a Business Coach named Isabel Parlett. To find our more about Isabel click here. The whole idea of setting aside time to plan for 2013 was not new to me. The first task that she gave us, however, was to review the year we had just had by answering a series of questions, which I had never done before.

Much like the ITM teacher asking a follow on question, this process was incredibly revealing to me.  It showed me themes and growth I had not been able to acknowledge in the nitty gritty of daily life and really opened my eyes. I found it rewarding, surprising and inspiring.

Going through these questions wrapped up the year for me and gave me a great start to planning the year to come.

If you would like to take a step back and review 2013, or as Isabel says “digest” the year, here are some great questions to get you started.

I highly recommend setting aside an hour or two, lighting a candle, putting on your favourite jumper ( I only write in cashmere!) and musing on these questions. I also suggest keeping these notes somewhere you can refer back to them in a year or so, reading my answers a year on has given them a whole other dimension.

  1. What did I learn in 2013?
  2. What made me the happiest in 2013?
  3. What was challenging in 2013?
  4. What was challenging but a blessing in disguise?
  5. What nurtured me this year?
  6. What surprised me this year?
  7. What happened in 2013 that I could have not predicted?

I would love to hear from you. If you would like to share your answer to questions number one, please consider posting it on my facebook page here.

I wish you all the best for the upcoming holiday season, may your days be full of ease and joy!

5 FABULOUS WAYS TO GET UNSTUCK AND STOP PROCRASTINATING

The more resistance you experience, the more important your manifested art/project/enterprise is to you and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.

-Steven Pressfield.

If you have ever found yourself in the hell of terminal procrastination, I understand.

Last September finally all the pieces were in place.

After over twenty years of studying the Alexander Technique and applying it to all areas of my life I was ready to launch my career as an Alexander Technique teacher.

For years I had been looking forward to the day when I could share all the miraculous benefits this work has brought me with others.

I had a website to design, copy to write, a yearly business plan to draft, a blog to launch, workshops to plan, a program to design, systems to implement and people to meet.

And all I felt was stuck. Grindingly stuck. Depressingly stuck. Painfully stuck. I felt stuck the moment I woke up in the morning and too stuck to go to sleep at night. It was pretty bleak.

But somehow it all came together. I got up everyday, I showed up and dragged myself to my desk.

Along the way, helpful little messages starting showing up. I listened to them. I read some books, took a webinar or two and put some new ideas into action.

Here are five ideas that made all the difference to me and got me moving forward.

I am pleased to say that by the end of November, all the main pieces were in place and I have found great satisfaction in creating a business that brings work into the world I believe everyone can benefit from.

From a bit woo woo to very practical I hope some of these suggestions might help you on your way to bringing whatever it is you are bringing into to the world forward.

1.         If it was good enough for Homer, it is good enough for me

At the start of the Odyssy, Homer invokes the Muses, a practice honored by artists of all stripes since time immemorial.

To take on a new venture, to create something, to extend beyond what we know now we have to reach into the unknown. We have to be willing to dip our toes into the mystery of creation.

Personally, I find being creative and following my dreams really f***cking hard. I figure I can use all the help I can get.

Reaching beyond where we are now, setting our intentions, asking for what we need: Prayer does all of that and more. So whether you call on the muses, GOD, a higher power, the great mystery or the calling of your heart. Prayer is a great way to start.

2          Make a project outline

This practice is right out of “Getting Things Done” by David Allan. This book is a brilliant resource for anyone who wants to, well, get things done.

A project is anything you want to do that takes more then one action step to complete. It could be clearing out your spice rack, finding a great choir to sing in or writing the next great work of literature.

Making a project outline gets you focused and helps you take that difficult first step in a way that is totally doable.

Even if I can’t possibly imagine finishing the sales copy for my next workshop, I know I can sit down and answer the three questions that make up a project outline. It gets me going and makes me feel good, which leads to me taking the next step.

My guess it if you have a project in mind, you already know the answers to the following questions. A project outline lets you get them out of your head leaving space in there to dream up your next step.

Here are the three parts to your project outline:

1-The purpose (s) of your project. Why are you doing it?

Answering the why can give you all the fuel, inspiration and momentum you need to launch into your project. Knowing why will give you strength when things get tough and you need to dig a little deeper to move forward.

2-The principles for your project.

Getting clear on your values, your parameters, helps focus and define your project. A great way to answer this questions is to finish this sentence: I would give someone free reign to do this project for me as long as they…………..

3-The wild success (dream a little..or a lot)

This part is so fun. Let loose, dream big and imagine for a moment what the best possible outcome for your project could be. There is so much value and gratification in deciding what success means to you.

4    Brainstorm and collect your ideas

To get moving, give yourself permission to simply put allot of ideas ‘out there”.

I used to think brainstorming was about “finding” a great idea. And when I approached it that way it never worked.

Now I think of it as a way to “prime the pump”, get things flowing. When you get ideas out of your head on paper, you make room for more ideas to be generated.

I use a mind map to brainstorm and often move directly to brainstorming after I have written up my project outline.

Another excellent way to keep your ideas flowing is to keep a notebook handy wherever you go.

You have probably experienced that your best ideas never seem to pop up when you are actually at work. They surface while driving to your dentist, taking the dog out for a walk or at the gym.

Whenever an idea pops into your mind, write it down. I use my phone, but you may like having a lovely little notebook in your pocket at all times. If you want to get all fancy-pants you can call it your “exo-cortex”.

5      Dance baby, dance!

Ok, this is totally my favourite tool. Sitting in front of blank page and your mind goes just as blank?

Crank up a tune and dance it out. Then sit down and let the ideas flow.

Got a question you just can’t seem to answer? Write it down, dance, then come back and let you pen flow onto the page. See what happens.

Music and movement shake things up. I don’t know why it works, but it works for me. I use this technique to project plan and brainstorm as well.

So there you go. These are my favourite ways to get unstuck when things get sticky. I would love to her from you about how you move forward when you feel stuck, unmotivated and uninspired. Because if there is something I know for sure it is that the world needs that special something that only you can create and bring into the world.

5 SIMPLE STEPS TO FINDING A GREAT TEACHER (FOR ANYTHING)

We live in amazing times. Knowledge and information are available to us in ways we could not have imagined even ten years ago.

Education and health care are the fastest growing sectors of our economy. This speaks to a very basic human need to learn, grow and explore our world. We are by nature curious and inquisitive creatures.

If you are like me, you probably get offers every day in your inbox to take a course, buy an information product, get some coaching or go on a retreat that promises to change your life for the better.

With everyone and their mother jumping on the “edu-medical” bandwagon, how do you choose a great teacher who will give you an excellent return on your time, money and attention? Unfortunately, certifications and qualifications do not always mean all they should.

Here are my top five suggestions to find a teacher who really knows their stuff and can take you on the amazing journey of acquiring new knowledge and skills.

1.    Do they listen?

 If you are having a conversation with a potential teacher pay close attention to how well they listen to you. When you ask them questions, do they answer carefully based on the information you have shared with them?  Do they want to find out about you, your goals, your interests? The more they know about you and listen to you, the better they will be able to serve you.

If you are looking at an online course, book or information product you can still apply this advice. How much time does your potential teacher spend talking about you and your situation in their copy? How much time do they spend talking about themselves?You want the majority of their pitch to be about how they can be of service to you because that is their job.

2.    Do they break things down?

The more mastery someone possesses in any given field, the more they should be able to teach you the basics of a topic in a simple and step-by-step manner.

I recently took a beginner ballet class but the first class was full of complicated sequences and routines. What I really needed was someone who took the time to break things down, teach me the basic movements and build it up from there.

You want a teacher who presents ideas to you in a way that allows you to experience success and accomplishment right from the beginning.

3.    Do you want to be them when you grow up?

 Choose teachers with qualities you admire. Choose to study with people who have qualities you aspire to. Give yourself the gift of role models and mentors. Watching others is an easy and inspiring way to grow and develop ourselves and our lives.Choose teachers who inspire you.

4.    Do they support you?

 If you are learning, stretching and growing you will inevitably experience frustration and make mistakes. This is an important part of any learning process. Choose teachers who support and encourage you, who trust in your abilities and talents.

The best teachers confidently hold a vision of you accomplishing your goals. They have the skills and empathy to support you as you leap into the gap between where you are now and what you would like to accomplish. Find teachers who can offer the kind of support that best suits you.

5.    Do your homework!

 Take your time and do your research about your teachers. “Certified” does not have to mean anything beyond someone printing off a certification. Ask your teacher questions and check out their credentials. These days, you should be able to verify someone’s education and credentials in a simple Google search.

Furthermore, find out WHY your teacher does what they do. See if their values line up with yours. Check out their Twitter and Facebook pages and see how they represent themselves. If you have a chance to talk to a potential teacher, ask them about their approach, their philosophy and point of view and listen carefully.  Check out testimonials or get references. Remember, you are making an investment of time, money, trust and attention and you deserve to make sure you are investing wisely.

 Finding a great teacher can be dramatic and change the course of your life, or it can enhance your every day in those little ways that make life so much more pleasant and joyful. With so much choice on offer, it definetley pays to be an informed and careful consumer of educational products and services.

If you have any tips of your own on how to find a great teacher. Please leave a comment below or. If you have any teachers you recommend, I would love to hear about them and why you love them.

Happy learning and growing!