October 28, 2020
Here is a lovely message from Dr. Donovan, Supervisor of School Counseling K-12:
There are students once again in the halls in all of our buildings, with masks and six feet apart, but they are there. As I was scanning temperatures last week, asking students to remove their hats, move their stylish hair, and check that they did not have fevers, I felt a familiar happiness. I was making eye contact, smiling, saying hi, and telling students to have a fantastic day. It struck me once again how powerful human connection is. How a simple smile and have a great day can completely change your mood trajectory. It didn’t matter that it was raining, and the rain ruined my hair. It didn’t matter that I wore open toed shoes only to find out the temperature high was 59 that day. What mattered was that we were together.
For students who were unable to come in person, they were still invited into our classrooms (yes via zoom – but they could see the classroom again). We had another incredible zoom middle school trivia game on Friday afternoon where Mr. Burr won a bottle of mustard and classmates from all cohorts could come together. We are being flexible; we are making it work. This is in a large part due to our wonderful students and families who are also being flexible and are also “making it work”. So, what is my Wellness Wednesday point? Sometimes we have to just go with the flow and be in the moment. We can’t worry about tomorrow, or next week, or next month. We have to take things day by day with flexibility, laughter, love, and kindness. Below is a meditation that encourages these feelings. I hope you enjoy.
An article on Loving Kindness Meditation and its benefits.
The Loving Kindness Meditation:
- Carve out some quiet time for yourself (even a few minutes will work) and sit comfortably. Close your eyes, relax your muscles, and take a few deep breaths.
- Imagine yourself experiencing complete physical and emotional wellness and inner peace. Imagine feeling perfect love for yourself, thanking yourself for all that you are, knowing that you are just right—just as you are. Focus on this feeling of inner peace, and imagine that you are breathing out tension and breathing in feelings of love.
- Repeat three or four positive, reassuring phrases to yourself. These messages are examples, but you can also create your own:
- May I be happy
- May I be safe
- May I be healthy, peaceful, and strong
- May I give and receive appreciation today
- Princeton Unified Middle School