Where is My Mind?

People have said that my stream of consciousness at the beginning of my blogs was annoying. So that’s gonna stop.

In out Topics in Teaching seminar on Wednesday, we discussed the topic of mindfulness. It was an interesting one because all the previous ones were very tangible topics like “How to Write a good Resume” and “How to work with a co-teacher,” and mindfulness seemed a bit “woo-woo” as she put it. In what has been a stressful week, a seminar on mindfulness was not too welcome to be honest. There seemed to be no time on how to be mindful about ourselves when there is so much to do and not a lot of time to do it. The time might have been better spent revising a lesson and printing and organizing materials and all that jazz, but in we went.

The discussion on mindfulness also connected with self-preservation. If you are not mindful of your own self, then it is hard to be mindful of others. Similarly, if we cannot take care of ourselves, then it becomes harder to take care of others and a classroom. Again, this is an idea that runs so counterintuitive to what we are doing right not in this part of the program: sacrificing some of our needs to do as much as is expected of us. But mindfulness doesn’’t take too much out of a day to accomplish. While the activities we did were inherently stressful because we were bad at them, there are many different ways to practice mindfulness, some of which we already do but are not aware of.

Some of my mindfulness practices:

-Standing outside, doing nothing except breathing and listening to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones

-Taking a shower

-Cooking the perfect over-easy egg (or at least trying)

(Add yours in the comments if you so choose)

The biggest thing that I got out of that seminar was that mindfulness allows us to take our good and bad moments for what they truly are and make the most of them. Embrace the heck out of the good times because they are not going to last. At the same time, don’t wallow in the bad times because it’s not always going to stay this bad. Being mindful also helps us to learn more form these moments. Our pluses and arrows are weighted evenly and we don’t become complacent or utterly distraught. I am still working on it, but the seminar on mindfulness really helped me to see it again. I have to remember to be aware of my state and take the time to adjust because it really only takes a few minutes.

To wrap up this installment I provide a quote form one of the teachers in my building regarding that lingering doubt we all have: “Don’t kill the beast, but don’t feed it either.”

Enjoy the break everyone, I will be home and fed by my mother. It will be glorious!

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