It was my honor to meet a big group of teachers and present, “Mindfulness with the help of Psychology, Neuroscience and Yoga Philosophy,” at one of the prestigious schools in Middlesex County in New Jersey during the month of November of 2014.
I clearly remember that afternoon. It was a nice sunny day, little bit chilly, and I entered the big parking lot of the school. I had the usual thoughts before beginning any presentation, until I started walking towards the main door.
Remembering my school days
While walking towards the door, I started feeling overwhelmed with the memories of my school days at Government Model High School, Sector 16 D, Chandigarh, India. In a flash of light everything came alive – the teachers, coaches, fellow students, playground, little canteen, water coolers, and parking lot. Basically, everything!
As I was about to enter the door, I thought about my teachers who motivated and supported me almost unconditionally, especially when I disagreed and couldn’t follow the instructions at times. Right there, I experienced and learned Compassion 101 outside of my home.
When I finally entered the door, I suddenly felt as if the air just travelled from Chandigarh to New Jersey. At that moment, my inner voice said, “Time to give back and share everything that you can in that one hour.” I believe I did as the presentation was well received!
Teacher’s going beyond their duties
That afternoon, this group of about 85 teachers, was there to make a serious attempt to learn about how the mind and brain chemistry can give them tools to manage emotions, improve focus, and be successful in disciplining children without making disciplining a punishing act or vice versa.
I honor these teachers for trying to make a difference in their students’ lives, not only through their subject of choice, but also through their compassion towards the students. Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that teaching has become more complicated over the years, yet this school wanted to go beyond their limitations to help the students as well as the teachers.
To some, it may appear that teaching doesn’t have so called “good returns.” The returns come in the form of respect, great memories, and the process of creating great minds whose creations influence the human race for generations. Research proved it; money doesn’t give happiness to a majority of people but respect, relationships, memories to cherish, and creativity does. Along with many others, I am grateful for my teachers.
I salute the leadership of this school for taking this much needed step. I hope other schools follow as well.
“ The Influence of a good teacher can never be erased”