To school that is… As a teacher and mom, the summers are GREATLY appreciated. Having lots of quality time with my family and friends is a wonderful opportunity. Of course, going back to work after 2 lovely months, can be tough (even if I have done this for 15 yrs!) I know that other colleagues, moms and educators share the feeling… So I wrote about getting ourselves back to work mindfully this month. You can find the article here. And while some of us may not be educators or parents, simply getting into the “swing of things” – can sometimes be tough. We hit stumbling blocks – it’s ok, and just part of the journey. Using some of the mindfulness techniques mentioned here just may make those blocks a lot easier to get by.
You may also want to use some of the resources from this blog for other “tips and tricks” on using mindfulness in your every day living.
Lastly, a few visuals (for rainy days or times you’re “forced” to be at your computer) to help you breathe a bit easier…
Looking to bring some zen into your own room? home? classroom? Here are a few great places to check out! Zen gardens are a lot of fun to build, and use… and, of course, they’re simple to make. You can add to your zen garden too – and create it with your own signature “design” too… take a look and get zen crafty!
Japanese Zen Gardens – find out what they are, how to make one and how to use it in your own home, office, classroom , etc.
Zen Stones – find some river rocks or favorite flat stones (you can even pick some up at Home Depot or Lowes!) and use sharpies or paint to create unique, zen patterns like these:
Some of our best learning comes from visuals – and these are some great pieces from Maira Kalman! – that help us learn a little bit more about mindfulness and making space for ourselves… Find more of Maira’s work here…. and enjoy!
“I just want a break!” – don’t we all… Just be careful what you wish for. Taking a break by making time for yourself, being specific on what kind of break you want, is important. It can be just a few minutes and it can make all the difference in the world.
Here are a few visual ideas on making time and taking “good for you” breaks!
If you’re new to meditating and like details and visuals -this is a great one from artist Eric deBarros…. starting with just 5 or 10 minutes a day can make for some BIG changes and results as you practice……