Check out Episodes from Season 1.
Remember the day it the schools shut down? What were people thinking, saying doing? Look back through episodes from season 1 talking about the first moments and decisions that got us here to distance learning in 2020.
Looking for other ways to ground yourselves and rehumanize the work? Check out “Rehumanizing Mathematics” episode from the Abolition Science podcast.
Written by a lead-mentor from the teaching-mentoring organization Trellis. Look here for more information about their work.
I so much want you to know that YOU ARE ENOUGH.
I know there is so much to do, so much to change, so much to know, so much to advocate for, so much to understand, so many young folks, so much hurt, so much injustice, so much heartache, so much pressure, so much responsibility. So, so, so, so much!
At times it is completely overwhelming, paralyzing, often it even actually makes us ache. We feel it in the pit of our stomachs, or in the throbbing of our heads, in the tightness of our backs and shoulders…in the exhaustion, …so much to fix, so much to heal, so much responsibility. Sometimes it is even difficult to catch one’s breath.
And please, breathe. Remember to breathe. All you can do is your beset. I know you are ALWAYS doing your best. Remember that you cannot do anything if you are paralyzed or ill! No matter how much our hearts break with the injustices we see, our breaking apart cannot heal the injustices. We cannot get mad enough to make anger disappear. We cannot judge enough to extinguish judgement. We cannot be sad enough to make sadness go away. Our self condemnation does nothing to elevate others. We cannot fight enough to create peace. We cannot feel enough hurt to facilitate healing.
All of those sefl message of NOT enoughness do not do ANYTHING to make anything better. You have so much on your plate and shoulds, why spend ANY precious time, energy or emotion criticizing yourself? You are doing your best. You are here! You show up! You care! You love those kiddos! You put your hear and souls into this work. This is absolutely the most important work to be done! Right where you are… being there with those young ones.
You are doing your best. Part of doing your best also means self compassion and self love. We can teach the young to love themselves, ONLY by modeling…. They really don’t care what we say. They care what we do.
How are you practicing self love? How are you nurturing and honoring yourself? How are you modeling this for your students?
You are honored! I honor and appreciate you so deeply. I know it needs to be expressed more often… Who you are, what you do, how you show up changes lives, changes the world. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that you are right here in the moment. I am filled with awe and appreciation for all you do to contribute to this crucial, all important work!
Please let these words sink into your being… into your heart.
Please practice noticing all the ways you make a difference. Even and especially in the ways we stretch and grow…even in the discomfort of growth, you are making a huge difference in lives.
You took on the MOST important job in the world and just maybe the absolute best way to make the biggest difference is to care for your precious, irreplaceable, unique, valuable, loveable, self! Cultivate, remember, practice, notice the Love that you are, the gift that you are to the young people, to your friends and families, to the world! You are a gift! You are a gift! You are a precious, beautiful gift to the world!
Drink this in….
Allow this Love to fill you up!
Know that Love is the care of your being and it is when you know that you will be able to reflect this to those around you. We are all mirrors. We are mirrors… We look at the world to make sense of who we are… What do you want to reflect?
Practice knowing your goodness, your wholeness, your beauty and gifts. And then you will become a more and more clear mirror for those around you.
You are a gift!
You are precious!
You are so important!
You make a difference!
You are a treasure to those around you!
You are a gift!