Tuesday, March 17, 2015

7 minutes of relaxation

It's the week before spring break at my school and a lot of us are tired and stressed.

One of the things I've been doing with my students this year and last is mindfulness. I have been reading the book Search Inside Yourself, which I recommend. It has a number of mindfulness exercises, along with a lot of explanation. It has been helpful to my students, especially right before tests and quizzes.

This year I suggested that any faculty who were interested could read Search Inside Yourself and we could meet now and then to discuss and try the exercises. We have had a couple of pleasant, relaxing sessions. This week, my teaching partner suggested we meet to try a qi gong video that she found on YouTube. Four of us got together to go through the exercises. It's seven minutes long and is easy movements along with breathing. It was quite refreshing.

If you, too, are feeling stressed, here's the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-jSBBwr8Ko .


  1. Thanks for the book title! That sounds like something I need to invest in! I have been trying to use the calm app, but need a little more guidance.

    1. The author of Search Inside Yourself is a Google engineer! (hence the clever title.) He developed this at Google and now teaches it in other places as well. I think it's well worth reading.

  2. That sounds like a book I need too, and spring beak is still a week and a half away. Somehow, the stress picks up before vacations as if we needed to be caught up to get away?

  3. Thanks for sharing that book title. I remember how crazy school gets right before a break. Glad you have others also in search of relaxation. It makes for a better climate at school.