So, let’s explore ‘Collaboration with Self’ by using the analogy of a car.
Both the body and the car are vehicles that are here to transport something of value. Just as we need to look after every part of our car, could it be that we also need to bring this care and attention to our bodies?
Cars tend to show us immediately what needs to be addressed and as we need our cars to get us around, most make sure they are maintained and any problems are attended to immediately. We know that if we don’t, we’ll have no transport and would not be able to meet our commitments.
As teachers, we work in busy and populated environments that take a toll on us when we are not taking care of ourselves. By supporting our bodies, we are in effect taking lead with how we’ll feel, how we’ll be with ourselves and how we’ll interact with others.
‘Collaboration with Self’ is about supporting the whole body so it can do what it needs to do, and naturally so.
- Resting ourselves
- How much stress we take on
- Whether we drink enough water
- How we move during the day
- Whether we attend to our posture
- How we speak to our class
- Whether we go to the toilet when we need to
- How we organise our time
- Whether we stay present and in the moment
- The space we give to preparing ourselves
- Whether we allow ourselves to have enough sleep…
All our supportive choices give us the foundation to do our work in the way we need to - just as every part within a car has a specific function, so do all the parts within our bodies have their beautiful function and it is the responsibility of us, the driver, to care for and look after every part of our vehicle. All parts and pieces are essential and no one piece is more important than another.
If we are in ‘Collaboration with Self’, we bring a solid body to our teaching and lives. This can only lead to our being more collaborative with everyone we meet.