So many educators know the stressors that come our way daily, starting from the moment we open our eyes in the morning. The myriad of decisions a teacher makes in her day when responding to students' needs, can really take its toll - if we are not mindful.
As the week goes on, we become stretched even thinner and our reserves diminish. Then it happens- we snap at that student who said the right thing- but at the wrong time. We are immediately sorry for reacting as we did, but it can't be taken back now. What to do?
I propose The Breathing Pause.
Take that 5 to 10 second pause to breath before saying anything. Notice when you are most susceptible to an outburst, and practice inserting The Breathing Pause.
I have been sharing this practice with colleagues and we want to expand it to meet weekly for a 10 minute lunch-time meditation to build self-awareness and thus sustaining the energy needed to make the thousands of decisions we make on a weekly basis.