Before I left for this amazing Australian trip (fam vacay), I had the opportunity to keynote for a teachers conference in Minneapolis. The focus of my speech was creating roots in 'being' so our 'doing' blossoms more authentically.
To introduce this idea I talked about how quickly we can get lost in "doing". We all have big to do lists. We all have a lot of responsibilities (home life, work life, our health, our families) and we can easily forget where our action is coming from. This happens a lot for me. It takes practice to come back to rooting.
With respect to teaching, it can lead to burn out, or tire as we carry responsibilities for each child we teach.
I introduced the idea of "Being Now", or the effort of returning to present moment. The power of returning to this moment is that it's always new. It doesn't carry judgement, guilt or ego. These are things that can tire us quickly.
To highlight my message I started with a beautiful ZEN story about Kichibei, a common Japanese villager whose wife’s illness kept her bedridden. Every day, in addition to caring for his wife, Kichibei cooked, swept and maintained his home and farm. One day a neighbor remarked to Kichibei that he must be exhausted. His response is what set the tone for the rest of the speech. He said,
“I do not know what fatigue is, because caring for my wife every day is always both a first experience and a last experience. There is no doing it again, and so I never tire of it.”
The routines of your work life, the routines of caring for our family, life can seem so overwhelming at times. Imagine for one empowering moment, that because you were moving from 'now' you would never tire. Always fresh. Always alive. Always awake.
Today is both a first experience and a last experience. May we never tire of it.