#Slow Saturday

“We don’t do things at speed here in Valley Road.” My husband sometimes (often) comes out with immortal lines – that one just tickled me.

But it also chimed with my current thinking.  Having been off for two days this week with asthma-exacerbated issues, I need to slow down, to realise my own mortality.

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In our Chaplaincy group at school, we have recently discussed teacher well-being and for me that is vital – how can we give out as teachers, as Christians, if we don’t look after ourselves first?  Note: that’s not JUST look after ourselves – but look after ourselves SO we can also look after others.  Isn’t that our mission here on earth?

So … HOW?

  1. Personally, I rather like Martyn Reah’s #teacher5aday (which would I hazard to suggest work even if you’re not a teacher!) That particular journey started (?) here: https://martynreah.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/teacher5aday/

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2) I also like Mindfulness … not some random or possibly dodgy (depending on your worldview) Eastern mysticism and emphatically not something that, for me, conflicts with my Christian faith – nor something that demands it (I think that’s a whole different discussion for another time!) and have found the following sites useful – particularly the former as it’s so easy to do and his voice is so calming!:

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http://smilingmind.com.au/

https://www.headspace.com/

For me, Mindfulness isn’t rocket science.  One of my former blog posts was essentially about considering giving up teaching – I didn’t.  Instead of jettisoning something I love doing (on my best days), I found a way to cope with it, to shift my mindset (another buzzword, another blog?!) rather than the essentially hard work that goes into being a teacher (and many other professions, before anyone shouts at me! And being a mother before anyone shouts at me that this is also a job … I fully agree!  And a father … with aforementioned caveats and disclaimers!  And a human being … ditto.)

3) Finally and certainly last but not least – there is God.  Never do I realise more than when I have come to the end of my own resources, that I need God in my life.  Fair play to anyone else who manages without – each to their own.  I am not foisting God on anyone who does not want Him / Her (oooh – contraversial … another blog?) just reiterating His/Her invitation:

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Picture credits:

Pic 1: http://quotesgram.com/exhausted-animals-with-quotes/

Pic 2- 6: https://www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/page/?id=4284

Pic 7: https://www.youtube.com/user/SmilingMindTV

Pic 8: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/297237644127306886/

 

 

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About francesgabriel75

Just thinking out loud about faith, children and church. Born in Dorset but now living too far away from the sea, which still calls to me, occasionally. Make my living in the world of education.
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