My inspirational category is called The Rose Adagio. This variation from Sleeping Beauty always reminds me of the balance, joy, strength and power all of which we can bring into our everyday life. In that section of the ballet, Princess Aurora is presented to her four suitors who give her roses as they dance with her and hope to win her affection. Have a look on YouTube and you will see the thrilling balances. What does it take to bring balance into your life? What inspires you? Quotes have always been a tool for me to uplift my mood with a feeling thought. I can hold an image in the light of my mind. Sometimes it simply allows me to not take myself too seriously! At other moments it gives me a connection with a powerful truth. I hope you find them useful and joyful.

My Favourite Quotes (3)

The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.  (William Arthur Ward)

Beginning dancer, knows nothing.  Intermediate dancer, knows everything, too good to dance with beginners.  “Hotshot” dancer, too good to dance with anyone. Advanced dancer, dances everything, especially with beginners.  (Attributed to Dick Crum)

I try to help dancers understand that dancing is joyful, and that they are fortunate to be doing a wonderful thing.  I also emphasis that life is now, not later; live it every day at every level.  A good class is part of the fun of living!  (Maria Grandy)

There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid.  (Gandhi)

A great teacher never strives to explain one’s vision.  He or she simply invites you to stand alongside and see for yourself.  (Rev. R. Inman)

So how does one choose a teacher or know a teacher to be reliable? It should be done in accordance with your interest and disposition, but you should analyse well. You must investigate before accepting a lama or teacher to see whether that person is really qualified or not. It is said in a scripture that just as fish that are hidden under the water can be seen through the movement of the ripples from above, so also a teacher’s inner qualities can, over time, be seen a little through that person’s behaviour. We need to look into the person’s scholarship – the ability to explain topics and whether the person implements those teachings in his or her conduct and experience.  (HH Dalai Lama).

My Favourite Quotes (2)

And may the God of Song and Dance bless you, the Father who started the dance, the Son who calls the tune, and the Spirit who plays the pipes (An Irish Prayer)

A great teacher never strives to explain one’s vision – he or she simply invites you to stand alongside and see yourself.  (Reverend R. Inman)

The well-educated teacher is not the one who has mastered the jargon of pedagogy, but the one who is himself so constantly in quest of knowledge and intellectual power.  The learning in him begets learning in his students (A. Beston)

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble.  Courage is the foundation of integrity.  (Keshavan Nair)

Life is simply a matter of concentration:  you are what you set out to be.  You are a composite of the things you say, the books you read, the thoughts you think, the company you keep and the things you desire to become.  (B.C. Forbes)

My Favourite Quotes

The body is a sacred garment, it should be treated with honour (Martha Graham)

The great thing about growing older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been (Madeleine L’Engle)

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm (Willa Cather)

Flops are a part of life’s menu and I’ve never been a girl to miss out on any of the main courses (Rosalind Russell)

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you (Marsha Norman)

I have an everyday religion that works for me: Love yourself first and everything else falls into line (Lucille Ball)