Day 2 of loving my job

I want to start by loving my friend for a moment.  I have awesome friends, and last night I got to hang out with one of them, and he listened to me go on and on about so many things.  And I listened to him.  We laughed and cried and pushed the reset button on our friendship.  I mention it because it is another result of the new mind paths that I am creating with my loving blog.

Now, my job.  I loved it a lot today.  I talked with a boy about some behavior, and he told me he has anger problems.  We did not solve the anger problems today.  But we also did not make them worse.  And I think he believed that I am on his side.  Then, in 6th period, a discussion began comparing the attractiveness of Dora and Barbie.  My heart sang because Dora was the clear favorite.  It came up because of a question on a “getting to know you” worksheet asking about favorite comic strip.  Well, it’s 2014 and kids don’t read comic strips much.  Who even reads the newspaper any more?  It was like talking about listening to radio shows back when I was in 7th grade.  I knew people had done it, but I certainly hadn’t.  I just love traveling the leading edge with them each year.  

Staying in the moment, listening with both ears and staying open, loving and compassionate was today.  And, my plan for tomorrow.  IMG_0543

 

Day 2 of loving my job

I want to start by loving my friend for a moment.  I have awesome friends, and last night I got to hang out with one of them, and he listened to me go on and on about so many things.  And I listened to him.  We laughed and cried and pushed the reset button on our friendship.  I mention it because it is another result of the new mind paths that I am creating with my loving blog.

Now, my job.  I loved it a lot today.  I talked with a boy about some behavior, and he told me he has anger problems.  We did not solve the anger problems today.  But we also did not make them worse.  And I think he believed that I am on his side.  Then, in 6th period, a discussion began comparing the attractiveness of Dora and Barbie.  My heart sang because Dora was the clear favorite.  It came up because of a question on a “getting to know you” worksheet asking about favorite comic strip.  Well, it’s 2014 and kids don’t read comic strips much.  Who even reads the newspaper any more?  It was like talking about listening to radio shows back when I was in 7th grade.  I knew people had done it, but I certainly hadn’t.  I just love traveling the leading edge with them each year.  

Staying in the moment, listening with both ears and staying open, loving and compassionate was today.  And, my plan for tomorrow.  

 

Day 18 – Loving food and sleep

Kale is everywhere.  Where did it come from?  I believe that I can live a spectacularly healthy life with out Kale.  And with gluten, by the way.  I like to tell folks that I am allergic to gluten free things.  Not that I have some high pedestal from which to look down on food fads.  One month during my Junior Year of High School I was on a diet which only allowed me to eat hard boiled eggs and grapefruit.  Another was just bananas – the fruit, not the insanity.  

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The point being this – now that I am practicing the belief that my body is lovable and worth caring for, I am eating a little differently.  It’s subtle, but now I choose my foods based on the emotion I feel when choosing the food – you could call it a “gut feeling”.   I can’t see where it’s going because I’ve never been there.  I anticipate a new world to appreciate.  

I need to get to bed now.  Honoring the sleep impulse as well!

It’s the morning of Day 19, but I am adding a little to this post from yesterday.  Because I literally fell asleep while writing so I needed to clean up the last part there, and add that today I will practice tuning to my emotions before making decisions about eating or anything else, thus allowing myself to be guided to the path of good.  

Day 10 – Slept ’till noon

I like to keep my feet on the ground and my head in the clouds.  Or sometimes on the pillow.  The special freedom of a teacher’s life in the Summer is drawing to a close in the next couple of weeks.  Not like the end of summer for a kid, which is just a shock one day when you have to get up and go to school.  Teachers ease in, with a few meetings, classroom prep, setting up the computer.  Then, the First Day of School.  But for today, it’s still Summer with a capital S, and today the S was for snooze.  The kind of day where I decided to take a nap at 8 am.  Woke with a headache.  Lots of chances to have unproductive thoughts.  And then ignore them and go back to sleep.  No going to the gym.  No getting dressed, for that matter.

I do realize that changing thought patterns can be exhausting, and so I very much appreciated the chance to just let myself be today.  Kind of like my chiropractor wants me to rest my neck after the adjustment.

Maybe someone is keeping up with my daily practices, and if so, you know that today was remembering that I don’t actually know what other people are thinking.  Yep, it came in handy today.  The truth is that my negative thoughts about myself are usually hidden…shrouded perhaps…in these thoughts about how I can please others.  Or manage them.  Or get them off my back.  Or fool them. Poppycock!  Here’s how it went today…Wake up and think “all the other teachers think I”m lazy” …”oh yeah, I don’t actually know what other people think”   “am I lazy”…”no, I don’t think so”.  Go back to sleep.  Good stuff to know.

Tomorrow…I really want a cleaned up house, so the best thoughts to practice are thoughts of worthiness.  I am lovable – not in spite of who I am but because of who I am.  And so are you.

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