Sunday Reflections

As you can see, I’m not yet back in the flow of a daily post, but I’ll keep working on it. There’s something to the habitual practice of writing even a short blog post each day that has an alchemical reaction to making me more aware of the moment-to-moment spaces in life, so it’s a place I like to be. In the meantime, this week has been interesting…

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There are so many jokes and guffaws about teacher appreciation week, but what it gave me this year was the gift of recalling the camaraderie of my teaching staff. I have been in the same building since 2008, and I am beyond blessed that our staff functions as much like a family as we do a building-level team. We received a sandwich for lunch on Friday, and I had the fun of eating with my 7th grade colleagues. I moved from the 7th grade hallway to the 8th grade hallway this year, and thoroughly enjoyed laughing with them over old stories and some of our crazy antics. The saddest part of all of this is that it’s the first time I have been able to sit and talk with some of them this entire school year–and we are four weeks away from summer break. When teachers say this year has been the most difficult ever, they don’t mean just the kids and the changes in behavior. They also mean that they have not been able to see people who are important to them in the buildings. I’m so grateful for the laughter we all shared Friday. Laughing until your ribs hurt is a profound form of healing.

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The rainy days here in Ohio are nearing depressive levels. My back yard is sloped and even the slope is sloppy and swampy. Fortunately, the sun did make an appearance this morning and is currently shining through the translucent petals of my powder pink crabapple blossoms, so with any luck I’ll be able to mow soon.

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Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of being a student again. We offer a Saturday school of sorts for students who want to come enjoy a Saturday morning with activities, and since our group was only two, I took part in the self-defense class taught by my P.E. colleague. I learned snap kicks, side kicks, and how to break away from an attacker who grabs me. Oh, also jabs and crosses. There’s something in being a student again in an area I have no knowledge of that makes me feel incredibly self-conscious, but the E.D. teacher was my partner and she made us work hard. I know I joke that teachers are the worst students (we are), but yesterday we were star pupils.

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After the self-defense class, I calmed us all down with a short yoga flow and an even shorter yoga nidra session. The two students we had both fell asleep, which to me is a sign of success. People are really resistant to fall asleep in meditation or nidra, but the first rule of meditation is that falling asleep is simply a sign that your body needs more rest than you know. The adults in the room did not fall asleep. The principal actually rested, the E.D. teacher had an experience of being at the beach, and the P.E. teacher had a consciousness expansion. All high praise from colleagues who give so much to the kids, they deserve something in return. Meditation is my gift to them. Just imagine if we could get more teachers to join us.

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Happy Mother’s Day to the moms in the crowd. I’m traveling soon to see my own mother, as a surprise. I won’t be able to make it home for a visit until after the school year is done, so this is perfect timing. With dad still recouping from his triple bypass, it will be as low key as possible. I think mom has grown more and more fond of low key over the years. Incredible to think that we used to have 25+ people at the house for holidays as a kid, and as the years have passed, our nucleus has grown smaller. We’re still lucky enough to have each other to celebrate with, though. That’s what matters.

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Where ever you may be today, be sure to enjoy it. Rest, relax, and attempt to recharge for the new week coming soon. What are you looking most forward to?

Beth

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