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Are You Aware Of Your Energy?

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Although we have the ability to choose our friends, we don’t always have that luxury with our co-workers, family, or the guy on the bus sitting next to us. So a piece of advice….Listen to one of the smartest people you will ever know. You.

You have all the information you will ever need to guide you. So listen when you speak. Use all your senses. Tune into your body. What is it saying to you? Is your body speaking to you with anger, fear, sadness, or a persistent pain in your neck?

In our western culture, we are taught early on by our parents, family, and peers. To “stop being a baby”, “get over it”, etc. It is not to your benefit that these people request putting these feelings away. It may be for their comfort.

Most of us, in our search for love and acceptance, have tried to please and have stuffed our feelings at some point. Or perhaps we were overwhelmed with feeling. However, we don’t put them away in a little box in the closet. We store them in our bodies.

Recent research has demonstrated that the mental processes of the mind are not confined to the brain. Memories, trauma, emotions and resistances can be stored in the body and human energy field. As we bring our awareness to these areas of self limitations, physical pain, fear, anger, etc., these old patterns can be released. By unblocking the imbalance, the individual’s innate healing ability can be restored and stimulated to return the body to its normal homeostasis and balance.

There is a simple technique for bringing your awareness to and releasing some of these energies. Find a quiet place. Turn off the phone, close your door with orders not to be disturbed, lie down and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and locate that tightness, feeling or pain that you have. Really focus on that spot. Just sit with it and try to visualize it. What color would it be? What shape is it? Imagine yourself finding an opening in that colored shape and go inside. What does it feel like? What emotion is in there? Then imagine it talking to you, telling you all about this emotion. Don’t try fixing it or changing it, just listen.

Then notice what happens. The color and shape will shift. You are shifting this energy by bringing your awareness to this area of your body. If you still have any pain, stay with the new color. Brownish or muddy colors indicate disharmony. Bright clear colors indicate harmony.

By listening to our body and honoring the incredible information that is available, we can really begin to open up to the beautiful souls that we are really meant to be.

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How to Make Lifelong Transformations in Your Life~

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“Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.” – William Shakespeare

How many times have you rushed into making changes in your life……a habit change, learning a new skill……only to have it flop?

It’s not just the New Year’s Resolution Syndrome……it happens too often at all times of the year, that we run out of steam or get discouraged and give up.

But here’s the secret, and I won’t charge you $29.95 for it: GO SLOWLY…….yup.

This little change has more power than most people realize. It will help to learn any skill, from martial arts to art to computer activities. It will help form habits that are long-lasting. Slowing down will help you become more effective and ironically, help reach goals faster.

If you’ve ever tried Tai Chi……famous for its series of slow movements and poses, you’ve felt the power of slow. The slower you go in Tai Chi, the better, for many reasons. One effect of this slowness is that you perfect the movements. And your body adapts, forming muscle memories that will last when (and if) you decide to speed up the movements.

It’s as if your body and mind are forming a groove through continual repetition of the movements. If you move quickly, you’ll be erratic, and the groove will be much more difficult to form. If you move slowly, you can learn to move in exactly the same pattern, in a more precise way, and a groove will form. Once the groove is formed, it becomes easier. It’s now habit, unconscious memory, and automatic.

This is habit formation, and usually it’s done without thought. When we drive home and our minds are on something else, but we make the right motions to get home anyway … this is habit, this is our minds and bodies going in a groove we’ve formed by doing these actions so many times before.

The groove is best formed by going slow, at first.

This applies to anything: exercise, eating healthy, creating art, becoming a patient parent, carpentry, reading. Slow is the secret to making it last. And no, that’s not meant to be dirty.

Some of the reasons slow works, besides forming a groove:

1. Mindfulness. When you do something slowly, you can pay more attention to what you’re doing. I highly recommend that when you make changes, you do them mindfully, with full concentration. This increased awareness is necessary in the beginning, when you’re still forming the groove. Later, it’ll become automatic, but at first it’s anything but. You need to pay attention, and you can do this better when you do it slower.

2. You hold yourself back. Holding ourselves back is often considered a bad thing, but it’s not. It’s the best thing we can do, if we want changes to last. When we start a new change, often we are full of enthusiasm. But then we go all out and use up all of that enthusiasm, and run out of motivation or energy or get distracted by something else. But when you hold yourself back, you build up enthusiasm and keep it going for much longer…….through that dreaded 2-3 week barrier when people often quit. So even if you want to run 3 miles at first, start with walking and then run-walking (in intervals), and only do a mile or so. You’ll want to do more, but stop yourself. Save that enthusiasm for next time.

3. You learn it right. Doing something slowly means you can learn to do it correctly, without being erratic, and later as it becomes second nature you’ll do it the right way. The importance is obvious in something like martial arts, but it’s also true in any physical activity. And every activity is physical (and mental).

4. Increased focus. When you do something slowly, you tend to do just one thing. It’s hard to multi-task and do something slowly…….they don’t mix well. When you single-task, you can focus, instead of always being distracted. This leads to increased effectiveness.

5. Calm. Slow is calmer. Fast is hectic. Go slow to get rid of the chaos, and find peace.

“Slow down, everyone. You’re moving too fast.” – Jack Johnson

Affirmations For Teachers~

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Asset-Building for Teachers

I’m a powerful asset builder in the lives of my students.

I know and use students’ names regularly when I see them.

Each day, I greet students warmly.

I focus daily on young people’s gifts and talents.

I help young people use their strengths to overcome their deficits.

I regularly encourage my fellow staff members to build assets for and with students.

When young people are in trouble, I begin my interactions with them by focusing on their strengths.

Each day, I’m involved in spontaneous acts of asset building.

I’m expanding my positive influence by pursuing relationships with students I don’t know.

At least once a week, I do something for or with students that goes beyond their normal expectations.

I work hard to maintain relationships with the students I’m already connected with.

I have high expectations for myself, fellow staff members, and students.

I take the time to listen when students speak to me.

I help students visualize themselves performing at higher levels.

Before school, at passing time, at lunch, and after school, I’m out in the hallways engaging students.

I smile at and make eye contact with young people as I go about my day.

I believe that my power as a teacher comes from the relationships that I develop with my students.

I take the initiative in engaging young people positively.

I’m meeting state standards by doing asset-building activities.

I engage young people positively at school and in the community.

 

 

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Embrace the New School Year with Positive Daily Student Declarations(Affirmations) ~

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I strongly believe that positive affirmations can be a very powerful tool used to change how each individual thinks and feels about themselves……which translates into attitudes and actions when facing others. Positive affirmations work by creating, developing and amplifying what is in our thoughts. This can be our attitudes, our thought processes, and everything else that runs across our mind. With constant use of positive affirmations, it is possible to reprogram the internal subconscious mind, changing the negatives into the positives.

I have found the use of affirmations to be a very effective tool in boosting students’ confidence. I find that they can work like a light switch, awakening thoughts of possibilities and success, in young minds. As a result, I rely on the recitation of affirmations on test or exam days. I believe that, if used consistently throughout the school year, behavior problems would decrease. I have proven this and it has worked for me. I found that children crave the positive validation that affirmations grant them. Even if doubted by a child (or, perhaps even her teacher), a consistent regimen of affirmations can change a youngster’s outlook about him or herself.

Here are twenty I would like to share with you.

  • I am ready to begin my day!
  • My mind is sharp!
  • I am prepared for whatever comes my way today.
  • I vow to work smart, and to do my best, all day.
  • I will be patient with myself.
  • I am enthusiastic about the new things I am learning/will learn.
  • I am focused on the things I have to do today.
  • I cooperate nicely with my teacher, and with my classmates.
  • I eat power foods that are good for my brain.
  • I get a good night’s sleep every night to rest my body.
  • I celebrate yesterday’s accomplishments, and I am not discouraged by yesterday’s challenges/difficulties.
  • I know what I need to know for this exam.
  • I will turn my nervous feelings into positive energy!
  • I encourage my classmates to be their best.
  • I have good ideas to plan my work from.
  • I am a positive thinker, and I am confident about my gifts.
  • I have gifts and talents that make me special.
  • I am a good problem-solver.
  • I ask for help when I need it.
  • I am a good listener!

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