If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Posts tagged ‘peace’

Peace Is Every Step

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.   Thich Nhat Hahn

Such profound words for the times when I am afraid, too concerned about others’ approval, or think I’m not good enough.  Stop your spinning thoughts, Laura. Breathe. Then…

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

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A Deep Let-Go

Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers everyday without forcing their buds ~ Osho

Monday was hard, even being semi-retired.

I visit a sixth grade language arts class first thing in the morning.  The young teacher is having the same problems I had as a new teacher.  How does a teacher convince twelve-year-olds of her authority when she is only ten years older?

I spin through my mental files and leave her with a few specific ideas that might help her pre-adolescents focus on choosing the correct pronouns when their minds are on how to get the attention of their classmates.

Unfortunately my mental spin cycle becomes stuck and continues to generate ideas long after I’ve driven away from the middle school.  I have other things to think about, but the harder I try to let go the faster I spin.

Writing is a release for me, so I put some of these ideas on paper.  This time seeing my words on paper just gives me more ideas.  Breathe.

Changing settings sometimes works, so I run to the grocery store for bread.  As soon as I return home the thoughts return.

I pick up the book I need to finish for the book club discussion, but can’t focus.

Osho says “a deep let-go.”  Let go of little Ms. Responsible.  The hammock is totally not on my to-do list.  In minutes I’m stretched out enjoying the mild late summer breeze and I realize the world will be fine without me for a little while.

Making the Connection

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.  Henry David Thoreau

Here I sit with my spiffy new computer on my lap, tapping out my dreams.  I have been moving in this direction for what appears to be my whole life.

Yesterday I visit the first intern classroom of the semester.  Interns are students in the alternative education certification program, who have opted out of a semester of student teaching for a year of internship without a cooperating teacher, but with a paycheck and benefits.  I facilitate the weekly seminars and visit each classroom once a semester.  In addition, the interns have assigned college supervisors who will periodically observe their classes and file formal evaluations.

The class is high school biology in a middle class, academically successful public school near a major Air Force base.  I sit to the side of the action taking notes.  The engagement between teacher and students and students with each other, the pace of the lesson, the accomplishment (or not) of objectives, and other facets of a successful classroom.

I thought my dream is to take these opportunities to be present in classrooms and write stories from them.  And it is, in part.  So yesterday after visiting the class, I write a first draft of a story from this class.  I know what direction it will take.  The engagement between students and teacher is what I have seen before, particularly in a biology class.

Two cute coeds, one with long brown hair and the other with long blond hair, are the dominant students during the “discussion.”  They talk out, volunteer to answer then ask what the question is again, and begin steering the “discussion” to questions and anecdotes about sex.  The lesson is about the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.  The rest of the class just sits there; some put their heads on their desks.

It’s the beginning of the semester; all is not lost.  I leave the teacher with the notes I have taken and suggestions for more effective engagement.  I am also mentally planning next week’s seminar.

I’m awaking my objective observer.  Feeling pleased with the awareness, I attend a public forum on gender equity in the workplace later in the day.  It’s a topic I don’t think a lot about.  Again I recognize dynamics of engagement, or lack thereof, without judgment.  This is how we interact.

The angst I was feeling the other night with all the voices is an old feeling of confrontation that I have when in a diverse group.  Leftover hippie agitation that is not the peaceful engagement I seek.

All these years of writing practice has been my way of seeking balance within myself so I could take that dream of peace into the world.

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