I'm Mindful Of Me – Well being for teachers

Minding myself as a teacher

Friday responses to a new book — April 26, 2019

Friday responses to a new book

‘When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.‘ I like this quote by Lao-Tzu. I’m enjoying the book called ‘Tao Te Ching- the book of the way’.Ā  It brings me back to simplicity and is quite a spiritual read. This particular quote I can associate with my teacher as well as other areas of life – with my friends, my colleagues or family for example. I have compared my teaching to that of my friends and colleagues. I have felt as though I’m not as good a teacher as them too. There is a security in comparison; perhaps I feel I’m doing something aspect of the job better than they are whereby I feel great about myself. Or I may feel like they are doing a better job than me and so I feel I should improve in that area of teaching. Either way, when I compare myself to others, I’m living from the outside in, rather from the inside out and I there is no peace to be gained from living from the outside in. Peace and harmony come from within. ‘It is the centre hole that makes the wagon move.’ (Another quote from The Master’).

Eckhart Tolle in his book ‘The Power of Now’ believes we should ‘surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.’ This quote resonated with me as I don’t often surrender to what is. I give out about stuff-the kids, my job, family, the weather- and wonder how things might different if it were not so. I think its a learnt and well practised behaviour by me. So I’m going to try to embrace this surrender and start to say ‘yes’ rather than ‘its a pity’.

This week I am going to try to embrace these quotes in my life. Do you want to give it a try? Lets see what happens……

Hi there fellow teacheršŸ˜‰ — November 4, 2018

Hi there fellow teacheršŸ˜‰

I’ve set up this site to share my journey on this path of teaching. I hope to bring a little of my recent learnings from a psychology course that I’ve done , into my daily life as a teacher but also to myself. All teaching starts with self. Whatever comes up on a day to day basis with the students creates a response in me and that is what I try to focus on, ‘how did I feel when that happened?’ That response, that feeling, is where I learn all about me and who I really am. It’s not easy, some days are upsetting, but it’s great to notice my feelings and my responses and to know that they are mine. I try then not to project those feelings onto the students and blame them or give out to them. My feelings belong to me, not the students.

Please share your experiences or let me know if you’ve learnt anything about yourself through me sharing mine. Go gently with yourself….