Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mindful Mornings

Gretchen has started hosting 5 minutes of mindful breathing before the school day starts. Last week was tought because it was only a 4 day week and we had to get the word out on Tuesday. Wednesday was a meeting day for all faculty so we didn't get to meet. On Thursday, I joined Gretchen and we attempted to breathe in the All Purpose Room. I never knew so many students gathered there long before assembly started! Needless to say, it got VERY loud VERY quickly. I was attempting to block out all of the conversations but it was hard to not hear one small voice say, "I think they are asleep!" I'm sure there was pointing along with that statement. She told me that Friday her group increased and added a few lower school students, but I had a meeting and could not join. This week, the mindful breathing has moved to the library and today we even closed the door to block out some noise. School is just a loud place in the morning with everyone arriving. We've had a few students join in and I think they are enjoying the experience. I know I am. It's great way to start off the day and I feel more relaxed and ready to take on the day with just 5 minutes. 5 minutes are so do-able.