I like a job that has many new beginnings, but I suppose many careers have new beginnings if one has the right perspective: a new season, a new client, a new product....
As a school teacher, a new quarter is an opportunity to process with students the activities of the first quarter. We can talk about what went well, what didn't, and expectations and plans for the new quarter.
This is important. It is important to review our experience, to learn from our experience, and then to use insights to improve our lives. This is a powerful lifetime habit of mind to provide to our children--the learned skill of self-reflection.
Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program assists this process because the mind is more alert and is less focused on stresses and boundaries. The individual is more open to change and diversity because the individual is more complete, more self-actualized. This link at Maharishi School's website provides the educational research on TM and consciousness-based education.
I am excited about this new quarter. I am not the same person I was a year ago, my students are not the same students, and the world is not the same world. I plan to enjoy myself and to learn. Look out, students! I expect the same of you.
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