Falling Back, to Reach the Present…

I hope everyone has settled into a great new school year. By now new routines and schedules have been established, new relationships and bonds are beginning to form, and students are beginning to grow under our tutelage.

Fall reminds me of the shedding of last school year, and the beginning of redefining ourselves once more. Not everyone loves autumn, but in Western New York State, we have some of the most beautiful foliage. The air has a crispness to it that seems to break the cycle of a not-so-spectacular summer weather cycle.

New things are seemingly always on the horizon, but lately I’ve really been trying to stop worrying about the past or feeling anxious towards the future. I really want to images-3focus on enjoying the present. Being in the moment is becoming so important to me. Call it “growing up,” but the concept of mindfulness is my unofficial theme for this year… and hopefully for life.

There is this beautiful Lao Tzu quote: “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

Isn’t that beautiful? Don’t we all need more peace in our lives? The world outside of ourselves is one thing, but we have the ability to partake in self-care. Moreover, we have a responsibility to make self-care a priority. I always denied that I needed self-care. I convinced myself that being strong and capable meant proving you needed less time for it.download

But how wrong I was. Enjoying the little things, taking moments to breathe and refocus, and shedding the frenetic energy that envelopes us in our quest to “have it all” is more compulsory the “older and wiser” I get.

How about you? How do you rebalance your energy?

Namaste,

Kirsten

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Unplugging

This blog is about using new literacies or digital tools to create an inspired, engaged educational experience for all. But I think I would be remiss if I didn’t include the importance of unplugging…or stepping away from edtech. “Everything in moderation” we say, right? “Too much of a good thing” we say, right?

So this Spring Break, I decided to make a concerted effort to pay less attention to my passion for tech, and more attention to something infinitely more important: my sons Eamon & Eoin. They are 5 and almost 2, respectively.

Inspired by some articles I’ve read (here is one of them). I took them all by myself on a road trip to the The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. Sure, I used “tech” to snap a few pictures here and there, but it was a day of pure play. Hands-on FullSizeRender_4displays, activities, etc. It actually felt indulgent to put down the tech, and focus on the boys. We played, laughed, hugged, and had one of the best days I can remember as a parent.

What are your best examples of unplugging?

Have a great day,

Kirsten