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Embracing a new school year and a fresh start

By Faria Sharmeen

TUE SEP 08, 2020

This is the year of 2020 - the year of Novel Virus - COVID 19. In the United States, public awareness of the virus came to being mid March and we have been in our homes and schools have been moved to the digital platform. Spring passed, summer passed and we survived and now fall is here. Several states began the school year weeks ago and finally it’s time for us in VA to get into that grind of distant learning. If you are not sure about how you feel or have anxiety around your children being online for learning, or perhaps you feel anxious just thinking of the technological issues around distant learning and having to troubleshoot for multiple kids at the same time - and thinking they are missing out! I just want you to know you are not alone with all those emotions! I have mixed feelings too! But I tell myself that in the end it’s all going to be okay if and only if the little people in our life see us calm, cool, and collected! This is what I keep reminding myself of and I am hopeful for a great remote learning experience for academic year 2020 - 2021 and the new normal.

How can you manifest this calm, cool, and collected within you with ease? We all have everything within ourselves to find that wholeness within us. Whenever you find yourself getting a little agitated, remind yourself and repeat to yourself these words: calm, cool, collected, soft, kind, breathe! Use these words repeatedly in your heart. This process of affirming and repeating to self also known as affirmation is a great technique that helps our brain tune into the message we are trying to embody. I use this most days (when I remember of-course) and it truly helps! Give it a shot– and let me know how it goes! :-)

Set sometime in the morning to begin each day with a morning meditation or a few moments of mindfulness. Using affirmation is a great way to find grounding before you start your day. Morning meditation does not need to be long - just 5-10 minutes of peace and quiet can do the magic. Three things I try to set and seek in my morning meditation are: intention for the day, gratitude practice, and my most important task of the day. Finding some peace and quiet to begin each day with mindfulness is a great self-care ritual and a gift you can give to yourself each day. This ritual helps me find some clarity for the day – bring awareness, set an intention, and remind myself of a few things I am grateful for each day. Sketch a plan for what you need to cultivate that day – kindness towards self and others, a little self-love, a little pause, calm, cool, soft, collected – whatever you need! The little time you get to yourself helps you inquire within to understand what you need to live with ease and awareness. If you do not have a meditation practice - start small - 5 minutes and gradually you will find it as an essential part of your routine.

Let me know if you have any questions and if you are willing to give this a try!

Until next time … may you be in ease, may you find peace, may you be happy and in joy …