Perseverance, Determination and Commitment

Posted by Mrs. W. on Apr 21, 2011

So often I talk about the importance of certain virtues or character traits that we have. Virtues are gifts we are born with. They are like “spiritual muscles” which we are here in this world to develop. We develop them throughout life as we are guided and inspired by our parents, grandparents, teachers, friends and many others. There are also many times we don’t believe very much in ourselves, the thoughts in our minds are not positive and encouraging.

We hear, “I can’t, it’s too hard, I don’t know how,” and so on, and so on. Sadly, these thoughts often win out if and when we don’t have an inner fire to keep moving forward no matter what…. a desire to be successful. If we are blessed, we have other people who may help light that fire within us. When this happens, the tools/virtues that can be called upon are perseverance,  determination and commitment.

These are the qualities that make us “stick with it” and keep going when:

  • we want something really badly
  • we think/believe we can’t
  • something is hard to do
  • we need to show ourselves and others that we can

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If You’re Happy

Posted by Mrs. W. on Mar 30, 2011
♥ Sharing a little joy! ♥ Hope it brings a smile to your face…it did that for me!
Feel free to share with others… increasing the vibration of joy in our world,
which is so in need  in the world at the present time.
It’s a catchy version… allow it to make you smile and feel joyful.

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Loving Yourself

Posted by Mrs. W. on Feb 25, 2011

Love yourself…

The first and most important person to love is yourself or else you cannot truly love others. You practice loving yourself by taking care of your mind, body and spirit.
Take care of your mind:

  • go to school where there are many things to learn
  • complete your work and do it to the best of your ability
  • ask questions when you don’t understand something
  • read on  a ‘daily’ basis => this is HUGELY important
  • learn new things; take risks and believe that you can learn new things
  • discuss things with adults you trust, have interesting  conversations
  • learn about the things that interest you, be curious about many things
  • be aware of your thoughts… listen to the positive ones

Take care of your body:

  • eat healthy foods from all the four food groups; remember to include fresh fruits and vegetables every day
  • decrease the number of foods that contain large amounts of sugar, preservatives and additives
  • drink 8-10 glasses of water a day
  • exercise regularly => walk, run, take part in sports, dance
  • take vitamins and minerals or anything your parent/guardian feels is best for you; research what you out into your body
  • rest: you need 9-11 hours of sleep every night for your body and mind to restore themselves

Take care of yourself spiritually:

  • practice your religion if you/your family have one
  • make time daily for stillness, for ‘quiet time’
  • take time to reflect and pray
  • show compassion, forgive others
  • keep a journal to record your thoughts and feelings, dreams and wishes
  • discover what brings you joy and take part in it
  • surround yourself with inspiring quotes, pictures, music
  • read books by spiritual leaders you find interesting
  • spend as much time out in nature as you can
  • count your blessings; show gratitude; say ‘thank you’

Hope you enjoyed this.



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Fireworks

Posted by Mrs. W. on Feb 8, 2011

The lyrics to this song are totally amazing. They remind us how special we are!!!
I have included the lyrics:
KATY PERRY LYRICS



“Firework”

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag,
drifting through the wind
wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
like a house of cards,
one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep?
6 feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you

You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it’s time, you’ll know

You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, Oh, Oh”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It’s always been inside of you, you, you
And now it’s time to let it through-ough-ough

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, Oh, Oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, Oh, Oh”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon



“Quiet Time”

Posted by Mrs. W. on Jan 9, 2011

As a teacher, I have practiced mindfulness exercises with students for about 15 years. One of my favourites is “Quiet Time”. In today’s busy world, full of never ending busyness and stimulus, there is very little focus on, or time for stillness or quiet time. And yet, I have found that once introduced to “Quiet Time”, not only do students like it, they ask to do it again and again. Telling them to sit back in their chairs with spine straight, meets with “yeahs”.

The breath is always what is focused on first. Deep breaths in and out….holding then releasing. I then choose any number of visualizations, guided imageries, and or affirmations to focus on…or simply allow silence and stillness. Sometimes combining this time with journal writing or reflective writing is also very  powerful. It helps the students to integrate their own experience and insights.

Here are a few comments I have received from students about “Quiet Time”:

  • During Quiet Time I felt that I love myself and I trust myself. I feel happy and great about myself.
  • I think Quiet Time helps me love me more than I ever do and helps me feel more relaxed.
  • During Quiet Time I felt as if inner peace came out and showed me how to calm down.
  • During quiet Time I feel so great because I don’t do this and I hope we can do this every day when we have you.
  • During quiet Time I thought it was a time to see another part of me that I never saw before.
  • I thought Quiet Time was great for me, relaxing my whole body to who I am in my heart.
  • During Quiet Time I felt free and like I had hope in everything I do.
  • During Quiet Time I felt so relaxed. I have never felt so alive to do whatever I want.
  • I think Quiet Time was a peaceful time to feel and see the other side of your heart.

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It is very humbling to work with students in this way, helping them to experience what it’s like to just ‘be’ still and rest there awhile.

To their magnificence….