Your feet keep you grounded on this earth. Focus your attention and awareness on your feet – strengthen your feet – roll up on your toes daily – and hold yourself there – learn to balance by becoming aware of, and using all of the muscles in your feet. Become aware of the surface you are standing on – from waist down, push yourself with stability into the earth. From the waist up, stand with your spine straight and lengthen through the top of your head upwards. Pretend there is a string on top of your head and someone is gently pulling you up.
Draw your awareness to your feet. Push your feet onto the floor. Stand on the floor with your whole foot. Push your toes into the earth, firmly and without a death grip. Envision growing strong stable roots from your feet into the earth.
By simply becoming aware of your feet, you get amazing stability and balance. Without physical balance, it is difficult to find balance in life – physically or mentally. Without balance we cannot walk with purpose on this earth. There is no other reason to live except to move towards understanding our purpose, and then aligning our lives to achieve that purpose.
When you can stand solidly, with resolve and balance and strength, you grow your ability to face any challenge or opportunity that the universe presents to you. When you are not aware of your feet and do not have a solid base, simple things knock you off your feet – either physically or mentally.
to change the world. They are the only ones who ever have. – Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health http://www.pih.org/
“Schools should be the most joyful places in the world because, you know, learning is the greatest joy. To learn something is fantastic because every time you learn something you become something new. You can’t learn anything without having to readjust everything that you are around the new thing that you’ve learned.” Living, Loving & Learning by Leo Buscaglia…
I picked up this book in a thrift store the other day and can’t seem to put it down – what an amazing guy – so thoughtful. If you are a teacher (of any kind) I inspire you to find a copy of this book or others written by Buscaglia. He goes on to say, “We are failing in schools of education because we’re not helping teachers to shed their role as teacher and become human beings and to realize that teachers are guides.” Kids don’t relate to “teachers” – kids relate to human beings and guides.
He further explains, “I see everyone as being a unique individual, having within himself and X factor, for want of a better name. Something within you that is only yours, that is different from everybody else, that causes you to see differently, to feel differently, to react differently. I believe that each of us has this and I only hope that you’ve been fortunate to have met someone along the line who’s helped you develop it. Because maybe the essence of education is not to stuff you with facts but to help you to discover your uniqueness, to teach you how to develop it, and then to show you how to give it away.”
Additionally, “…my responsibility to me it to make myself enormous, full of knowledge, full of love, full of understanding, full of experience, full of everything so that I (as teacher/guide) can give it to you and then you can take it and build from there.”
He has inspired me to work even harder on seeing people, really knowing people, recognizing people, enjoying each person – as they are.