TEACHER, CAN WE PLAY NOW?
By Cezarina Trone
It was almost two years ago that I became fascinated with the idea of integrating more wellness, well being, self-expression and creativity in my everyday life. I was teaching K-1 in an international school in West Africa at the time and finishing up my life coaching certification program online, not knowing that as soon as I placed my intention for wellbeing into the hands of the Universe, the answer was already coming my way. Someone somewhere on a conference line said the words Wellness Inventory
one day and that phrase instantly got my full attention. Oh, the rush of joy one feels when the answer appears out of thin air! I can still remember entering my four month long wellness exploration while being trained to use this holistic wellness wheel and its twelve dimensions of life balance. I agreed to become my own wellness experiment, eager to see how I could integrate all my other wellbeing practices into this new framework (my yoga and meditation practices and my ever growing desire for mindful living).
When I first connected with this color wheel, it was as if the picture of my life became a moving colorful canvas and all twelve parts of it became alive with a new sense of wonder and possibility. I could see new potential happening in each dimension of the wheel for myself and then I would feel a shift in all my daily roles of teaching K-1, reflecting and finding new meaning daily, doing yoga with kid and adults, creating resources for coaching, talking to people, listening more and so forth. I was becoming intimately connected to new ideas and visions of well being and that immediately translated in the classroom in the way my teacher presence would show up. I was being aware that I was enhancing my teaching style and liberating the learning process happening among all of us because I was spinning the wellness wheel in new creative ways. I could see that I had more patience with the children, I felt drawn to taking weekly art classes to nurture my own sense of play which was in need of a boost. I could now understand why the kids used to stop me in the middle of a sentence and ask, ‘Teacher, can we play now?’ I could see the wheel had come alive within every aspect of my life and could measure this in the way I was reintegrating my awareness of it, enjoying my direct experience of being well no matter what kind of drama showed up at school each day.
Having felt and celebrated this wellness wheel as a holographic change process in my daily life for two years now, it is my turn now to invite you to stare at it for a while after you finish reading this article. BE with it as if you are looking at twelve new windows into your life. See, feel and hear what it has to say to you. Take notes if you wish, or drop me a line. I delight in hearing all the new insights that are awaiting to flood your awareness. Whatever you want to do with this wheel, do it as a gesture of self-love knowing that the well being of anyone around you depends on your own intimate experience of finding the balance that is just right for you in this moment.
BE well, PLAY more, Reintegrate and Clarify your vision for high level wellness!
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