Daily Archives: November 8, 2012
I started the Deepak Chopra 21 Day Meditation Challenge on Monday, the perfect way to kill one thing on my bucket. I’d been dragging my feet pretty hard when I saw a Tweet about the challenge and thought I should at least give it a look-see.
I struggled through the first couple of days, lots of giggling and wandering thoughts. I thought about the lettuce in the outside fridge that was starting to stink. I thought about the tickle in my throat and the itch on the bottom of my foot. I thought about tomato bisque. But in between all of these thoughts, I focused on the positive words and beautiful mantras and each day seemed to get a little easier.
Wednesday morning’s centering thought was, “Today, I focus on what I want to attract into my life.” You repeat this thought several times while focusing on the type of abundance you want to attract, whether it be material goods, love, joy, or creativity.
I latched on to the idea of creativity. I had a blog post to write for Thursday and absolutely nothing to say. Self-serving I know, but I guess you have to start somewhere.
I made it through the meditation and while I was sitting quietly I kept picturing my students and thinking about our morning routine. Before instruction starts in Math, we always review the same three learning rules:
- Put your hand down and listen while we are learning a technique because as soon as your hand goes up, you stop actively listening.
- Don’t rush to get the right answer. The steps it takes to get there are the most important part of any lesson.
- Pay attention to the different ways of doing a task, like multiplication or division, and give each one an honest try so that you can find the one you’re most comfortable with.
It hit me like a ton of bricks; these precepts are a pretty good way of looking at life generally speaking. And while I’m preparing my students to learn, I am also telling myself
- Listen, listen, listen. Sometimes I want to get my two cents in and I don’t completely hear what others are saying. God often speaks to me through other people but I can’t hear if I’m not actively listening.
- There’s no hurry. I don’t need all of the answers today. All that is required is a willingness to take the necessary steps.
- The Italians say, “Ci sono molte vie che conducono alla stessa destinazione”- There are many paths to the same destination. I need not spend any more time comparing my journey to those around me. I simply need to trust that my path is perfectly mine.
I’m blown away by these moments and grateful that I can share them with you. I hope you enjoy each step on your journey today!