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Grandcats

Meet Pearl, the third of my grandcats. Why can’t they stay little forever? It should be noted that I never imagined myself that person who admitted to having grandcats, but here we are…lol.

Teacher Without A Classroom

Not being in a classroom on the first day of school since 1975 has been a textbook meditative exploration of riding the flow of emotions. In meditation, we learn to ride our emotions as they arise in our practice and our life as a series of waves.

The Vote to End The Strike Comes Today

But if you want total transparency, I am disgusted that this elected group of people led by an out-of-touch superintendent played chicken with our classrooms and the education of the students we serve, many of whom are already notably behind their peers due to COVID and the negative impact of digital learning in an environment where technology is often unavailable and unreliable.

This Teacher Is On Strike IRL (But Not On The Blog)

Why are we striking? The superintendent and board will have you believe it’s over our pay.

The 1000% unvarnished truth is that our 103 school building district in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, has been poorly managed and even more poorly maintained over the years (I have been here since 2001), and we are requiring the superintendent spend some of the $400 million dollars she was allocated from the federal government from COVID funds (ESSA funds) to do some of these tasks:

Sunday Musings

That seems so ridiculous to say. Don’t you think meditation would be the perfect place to find calm and peace when mental and emotional chaos becomes intense? I do, and it’s what I believe and teach. But there’s also a piece of meditation that invites compassion along with the discipline. A place to be soft and vulnerable and open and a part of the flow of chaos rather than trying to stop it.

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Mindful Meditation Project, Day 17: Alternate Nostril Breathing

Sometimes even the most beautiful meditation spaces aren’t enough to stop a vicious cycle of mental thoughts from running rampant. Dealing with an unexpected situation in my life made my brain grasp for answers in all directions, and before I knew it, my meditation was off and running in a thousand different directions. Grounding myself …

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Mindful Meditation Project, Day 15: Granting Yourself Permission

Perhaps you want to learn to meditate, or you’re just curious. But when you “try” to meditate, or even attempt to be more mindful, you’re convinced it doesn’t feel right or look right. What if it doesn’t seem correct because you’re not really allowing yourself permission to explore? Let’s look into that idea with today’s …

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