I discovered that my thoughts are running rampant while conversing with everyone. They are talking away and, the whole time, the thoughts in my mind are running a muck. Which means I'm only partially listening. With this awareness can come changes.
I noticed a lovely flag of a Palmetto tree and shells hanging over the huge outside doors in our media center. Apparently, it's been hanging there since last year. I just noticed it last week.
Remembering to slow down and take my time seems to make my students and me enjoy the lessons I'm teaching even when the lessons are difficult. In the difficulties, I notice, are some amazing opportunities for teaching and learning- not only the lesson but also about one another personally.
Mindfulness enables me to remember how important empathy is. Once I step into the other person's shoes, I can respond so that I make a positive difference. Or, at least I can try.
All of my senses have kicked into high gear with this mindful meditation thing. This is good and bad. It's good, for example, when I smell chocolate chip cookies baking somewhere in the neighborhood. It's not so good when a student has an accident.
So far, I believe most of this experiment has been positive. I'll keep y'all posted.
What helps you keep your focus?