49. Hating school? Be the Sky.
You are VERY important. You are the first responders of our culture. I believe in you.
You are a professional..
You are changing lives.
If Back to school is rough right now, I want to teach you this fast but mighty tool that I use in meditation and that I learned from my meditation teacher and you can use it many times throughout the day at quick intervals.
Imagine yourself zooming out of your school day. Zoom back.
You’re hanging out with the sky rather than the clouds moving through the sky.
In meditation, the feelings that come up and even each breath we take are the clouds. But you remain in the sky.
For you now, at school, step back, zoom out and hang out in the sky.
Look down on your worries or annoying moments recently about back to school: that unkind word you heard a colleague say, that administrator who seems incompetent, the time you think you don’t have, the forms to fill out, the meetings to attend, mandatory videos to watch, the students you have: they are the clouds.
Simply watch the clouds float by. Just hang out in the sky itself. Let your mind rest in that blue turquoise and all the other school stuff floats by.
We are hanging out with the sky itself. Watch things come and go, those clouds passing through the sky below you, not getting too interested or focused on it. You are just relaxing into the blue, into the awareness.
You can come back to this practice many times a day.
“Small moments, many times.”
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Teacher Talk is the podcast for educators like you who are on the brink of burnout, or are already there. It’s your guide to feeling better about being at school and being in your life. Your host, Chrissy Nichols, is a life coach for teachers. In her weekly episodes, she will give you quick tools, tips, and brain hacks to understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. It’s time to find the joy in teaching again and get back to feeling like the best version of yourself.