Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Out of all three, mental action is the most important.

I go back to the idea from Vipassana that of all three types of action (physical, verbal, mental), mental action is most important. I try during the day to stay close to my thoughts, noticing what I am thinking about a particular moment, or about a child during a particular moment. I notice my judgements, how easily I can start to label a child and how much that severs my efforts to guide. I notice my breath, and how feelings can suddenly well up when my attention was all over the place and nowhere really. I am guilty of sometimes being the last to find out that I said what I said, or did what I did because I was hungry or tired or irritated. I go back during the day, over and over again, to focus on how I am being instead of what I am doing. Staying at the root from where my words and actions will stem and hoping I can be supportive.


Anonymous said...

I love your "being". We should put together "a meditation retreat for montessorians".

Susanne said...

Hello Sheryl,

Count me in! If you are attending the 2013 Congress in Portland Oregon perhaps we could set up a one hour meditation as a rogue part of the program :) What do you think?