I went to my first meditation “class” the other night and learned how powerful a moment is. A moment can win a race, change an argument, burn a pie, or cause a tragedy. In our daily lives, we so often look to the future or analyze the past without focusing on what is in front of us.
In our classrooms, we search for bigger meaning, attempting to shift our entire teaching practice, or achieve higher scores on a random, ineffective standardized test. The quest for rigidly following the curriculum and getting to the end of the day makes us move through life in anticipation of –what?
Instead, imagine what we could do with a moment:
- smile at an unruly child
- give a second chance
- write a positive affirmation on a struggling student’s essay
- take the class outside for a break on a gorgeous day
- share a personal recollection from your own childhood
I am learning to slow down and breathe deeply. The breathing allows me seconds more to focus on the moment and take it all in. The days will take care of themselves if the moments count. Be present.
What would you do in a moment?
image credit: By jesse.millan