This week I begin an 8 week Mindfulness Training course. If you know me at all, this might be somewhat of a surprise, but I hope that it will force me to take some time and space each day to bring awareness to the moment.
I have read a range of research on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices, and this year taking on a new role, I felt that I would need to have greater composure, courage and compassion when faced with challenging situations.
I have a great deal of apprehension as to how successful I will be, you see, we have over the past year and a half had a Mindfulness project occurring in our school and infrequently I have had opportunities to be led in short five minute mindfulness practice. Even with a limited 5 minute practice I struggled to remain undistracted, thinking instead about all the tasks on my to do list.
I hope that committing to this course will increase my capacities and eventually have a lasting impact on my ability to manage my challenging role. Fortunately I take on this challenge with three of my colleagues, hoping that we can each encourage and support each other through the next 8 weeks!.