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"If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room."
No one likes being the most ignorant person in the room, but it's also quite boring being the smartest person in the room. Finding yourself somewhere in between is key. It's a place that supports continuous learning and growth. It's the place where you can thrive. This means you will always be wobbling between "unaware" and "more aware".
We talk about ego a lot in yoga. Our ego might enjoy being on top, but it can lead to deteriorating the realization of our true nature and put a lid on our capacity as human beings. When the ego takes over, we lose control of truth and it's more challenging to be present in creating a quality life. When situations or experiences are no longer enriching or curious, we stop growing. And when we stop growing, we stop living. When we stop living, we lose that connection to ourself.
I also think this quote indicates the importance on having a teacher or a mentor intermittently throughout life. Someone who's shadow we can blossom within. This can be a challenging situation to find, although we have to remember that teachers come in many forms. Often times, my dog is my teacher! In some situations, maybe it's the books in the room that are smarter than you. That counts.
In the yogic philosophy and within the Eight Limbs, there is a Sanskrit term called "Svadhyaya", which means "self-study". No matter where you are, that is the room you should seek out. Look for people, places and experiences that challenge the room you are currently in.
Notice the rooms you "live" in on a daily basis.
Do you feel nourished there?
What can you change to increase Svadhyaya (self-study) in your life?
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