An article posted at mindful magazine. Who doesn’t like reading about the science behind things that make us simply feel better?
Good morning, afternoon, evening!
An interesting article, published in Edutopia magazine, written by Elena Aguilar, it speaks of the new book Teach, Breathe, Learn by Meena Srinivasan.
Gerd Altmann or ‘geralt’ offers images on pixabay.com
Today’s image of Gautama Buddha has caressed my brain and filled me with serenity.
Thank you to Gerd
His work may be found here
I like to start a day by opening a random page in The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Buddhism by Gary Gach.
Hear and Now:
“Simply practice meditation in order to live a better life, or even just to live a good life, whatever meaning that holds for you. Or, meditate as a means of learning how not to be afraid – of death, or all the insignificant concerns that paralyze your innate ability to live fully. Meditate to activate creativity. Meditate to recognize the value of the truly good things in life: friendship, honor, respect, compassion, and love.” – Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu
Often during the day I find myself lured to sit quietly and meditate to enter that timeless space of simplicity. I smile at the idea of shifting away from outside forces – to devote time to work with the inner forces. Meditation allows me to recognize them as they fly into my mind and then put them aside to return to my focus. This is constant work, but ‘work’ on the essential growth of the, shall I call it my being?
A chance to deal with my own self-doubts, memories of things that happened and the feelings that were created, all those snippets of past instagrams, reminds me that this is how I live my life – outer action while the inner is busy playing pingpong with thoughts unconnected to the present moment.
This is my work. And it’s a gift to allow myself to do it. That gift is meditation.
Why meditate? Because this being, at this moment, is what I make of it. Or what I allow myself to make of it. I can choose to be distracted by a thousand fleeting ideas, or I can try to recognize those ideas as they show.
Meditation is my chance to observe them as they infiltrate my focus and my opportunity to set them aside so as to let me continue.
Nothing new can happen if I’m dragging along my past. New mind can occur, however, when I shuck off the weight of what was, to allow a fresh direction to be heard!
To give myself a chance to be new!
Image of Judih by Doreen Peri!
Reason #1 Reduces stress in the Classroom
We know that stress has been called the #1 Enemy of learning. Do we know? Sure, we know, as it’s been cited again and again.
Meditation reduces the symptoms of stress. (Sited here.) How? By creating an oasis of time and space, a chance to disconnect from everything outside of the immediate experience of noticing the breath. During those few minutes when the entire classroom is involved in counting breaths, being aware of the body, there is a kind of group embrace. The effect is magnified as the community supports itself.
Coming out of the meditation, each student feels a harmony that makes the classroom experience easier.
And that is reason #1: Reducing stress in the classroom.
Finding a beautiful diagram of the chakras, I came to this page:
“Inside every human being there is a
network of nerves and sensory organs
that interprets the outside physical world.
At the same time within us resides a
subtle system of channels and seven
chakras which look after our
physical, intellectual, emotional, and
…through regular meditation, we
automatically become very dynamic,
creative, confident and at the same time
very humble, loving and compassionate.”