“I’m interested only in the present.”

This week I’m reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  The main character is a shepherd from Spain.  He has reoccurring dreams about a treasure that he is to find.  He goes to a dream interpreter who is of little help but then he meets a “King” who tells the him all about the boys past and future.  After this meeting, the boy decides to go to Egypt to find his destiny—the treasure.

Upon arriving in Africa, the boy is robbed of all his money.  He finds a crystal shop and ends up taking up employment. He does great things for the shop owner, turning his dying business in to a flourishing one.  After 8 months, he has saved enough money to go home.  But, he doesn’t go home.  He decides to head out across the desert to find his treasure.
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Brain Gyms

My student teaching and first teaching job in the U.S. were both at inner-city schools. Most of our kiddos came from pretty tough neighborhoods. My first graders knew more about rap and gang gestures than me. Some of my older students were bigger and scarier than me a (although I never let them know it). They often came to school in torn-up hand-me-downs clothes and some serious “hand-me-down” stress.
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You’re All You Need to be Right Now.

This morning during my yoga practice I found myself frustrated because I was wobbling all over the show in my balance poses. Warrior 3–forget it. Half-moon–2 breaths max. I was all tangled up in Eagle Pose, falling all over the place when I heard someone say, “You’re all you need to be right now.” I sunk deeper into the pose, pulled in to my center, and focused my attention on my breath. Finally, I was still and I had tears of relief running down my face.

I am all I need to be right now. So are you.

5 Simple Ways to Calm the Heck Down.

I have never been a great sleeper. I find it particularly difficult to sleep during stressful times. Whether its work, relationships, or some other aspect of my life, I tend to lie in bed circulating through a series of anxiety provoking thoughts. This is very destructive, as it only increases stress levels and makes it even more difficult to deal with the stressors the following day (I don’t know about you but most of my melt downs happen when I’m exhausted).
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