Another session I attended at the Montessori conference was related to cultivating mindfulness in our daily lives. I was reminded of these important concepts:
Our breath is a powerful source of relaxation and reconnection. When we are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, or angry, we can call upon our deep breathing (all the way to the belly!) to immediately calm ourselves. I love that this simple yet powerful techniques is within our control and can be carried with us from place to place—situation to situation—with ease.
There is space between stimulus and response and our power lies within that space. We cannot control what happens to us in life, but we can control what we do in response to what happens to us. And within our power to choose our response lies our freedom.
Setting an intention for the day can keep us focused on growing. At the start of the day, we can set intentions for our “way of being.” We an check in regularly and ask ourselves if our actions are in alignment with our intention. If not, then we can get back on track. We can set all kinds of intentions, such as “Be grounded,” “Be patient,” “Breath.”
I have no doubt that who I am as a person impacts who I am as a principal and a colleague. These mindfulness strategies can help me reconnect to and reveal my authentic self.