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What do you LOVE to DO that helps you to BE?

A Random DiaBlog

Sometimes we get so caught up and absorbed with the busyness of life that we forget what it’s like to just be.  What do you do LOVE to do, that helps you to connect to you amongst all the doing?

How can we Be when we are so Busy Doing?

Even when we are busy doing we can pause, take a breath and notice.  It’s that simple and something we can do throughout the day, yet often forget. Try it,  how do you feel now?

I like to garden, there’s lots of jobs to do at the moment it can get a bit overwhelming, so yesterday down on the allotment I remembered to pause, breathe and notice.  I looked down and got excited that the nettles, comfrey and rhubarb were slowly and surely making their Spring appearances, things are warming up.

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I shovelled cow pooh and noticed  I was breathless, dirty and sweaty and covered in it!

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How can Bees teach us to Be?

I visited the bees and enjoyed their playfulness around the hive, this quiet observation helped to create stillness in me.  How often during the day do you notice silence and stillness?

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Global Listening

I chatted alongside my Sicilian and Spanish neighbours and gossiped with the girls, reminding myself to fully focus, globally listen and not interrupt.   I observed their faces, watched their breathing and became more aware  of their energy,  this also bought me to the moment. When was the last time you really listened and fully focused on someone without adding your buzz?

I looked up, listened and watched the birds flying in the trees,  sensing the warm sun and cooler air.

Connection to Self

Connection to self is important, if we aren’t in tune with ourselves and what’s going on inside,  how can we connect to others effectively – self care for mind, body and breath.

You Need To Get Out More 

My friend teased me about my Facebook Live bee video and said ‘You need to get out more’. Yes it’s so true. This morning, I went again to the allotment again to sow broad beans – video here.

How about you, what do you LOVE to do that helps you to BE?

Random Dialogues

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Larfter, Kindnese, LOVE

For the past couple of weeks a small group of children aged 6 and up have met at our local hall, to play, have fun and build a little community.   My intention is to create a safe play space for the kids tyoga 2o turn up, lead,collaborate, co-create,  learn from each other and largely just ‘BE’. A weekly meet up for kids with little adult intervention, voice and rules, with a loose routine and structure.

I’ve been teaching for 20 years, and seen our curriculum get more and more contrived, outdated, irrelevant and intense.  My favourite ever times for ‘teaching’ are now when I’m NOT. In particular, last week  I noted a wonderful wet play  lunchtime where every single child in the class was joyfully and playfully engaged with something or somebody.  An unplanned time without targets, adult intervention, photographs being taken of them for a profile or worksheets.  They rushed to the wet play activities and I noted an incredible amount of natural learning and collaboration.  I felt sad disturbing this short lived, powerful, self directed, exploratory and sociable time ready for another dull prescribed, adult centred and crowd controlled lesson.

So this is a random playful experiment with kids for them to collaborate and co-create using:

  • Games 
  • Circle time 
  • Yoga
  • Craft
  • Story
  • Relaxation 

I also introduce a ‘REAL’ approach for connection & communication and we share how we get on each week with developing our own personal and empowering communication style.

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2 weeks left of this playful experiment for ages 6 to teen in Burpham, Guildford.

Click here for more info.

Jane x

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