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Breathe In, Breathe Out

Updated: Apr 2

Spring Break is a perfect opportunity to unwind and find inner peace through meditation.

Why not take full advantage of your time off by learning to meditate and be mindful? It'll work wonders during Spring Break and benefit you when you return to work.

Mindfullness Lady

First, what is meditation?

According to The Cleveland Clinic, "Meditation is a practice that involves focusing or clearing your mind using a combination of mental and physical techniques." It also offers significant benefits for educators, including improved interpersonal skills, enhanced classroom practice, and heightened performance.

Among the various types of meditation, mindfulness is the most common. This practice centers on acknowledging and observing your thoughts as they drift through your mind. Its simplicity allows for flexibility, making it accessible virtually anytime, anywhere. Ultimately, mindfulness revolves around embracing the present moment.

Here's how to practice mindfulness and integrate it into your daily routine.

  1. Start by setting aside a few minutes each day, perhaps at the beginning, to engage in a brief mindfulness exercise.

  2. Find a quiet space where you won't be disturbed, sit comfortably, and close your eyes.

  3. Take a few deep breaths, focusing on the sensation of each inhale and exhale. Then, simply observe your thoughts as they arise without judgment or attachment.

  4. If your mind starts to wander (which is very common), gently guide your attention back to your breath. This practice can help you cultivate greater awareness, reduce stress, and enhance your overall well-being, ultimately benefiting both you and your students.

As you embark on your Spring Break journey, consider adding mindfulness to your itinerary. By dedicating just a few minutes each day to this practice, you can cultivate a greater sense of presence and peace within yourself. Whether you're sitting on the beach or snuggled in the comfort of your own home, mindfulness offers a simple yet powerful way to connect with the present moment and recharge your spirit. When you return to work next week, you'll be refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to take on what the rest of the year has in store.



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