Keith Horan is a school teacher and qualified meditation teacher with an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, Wales. He offers day-long workshops and 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses in Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland, and online guided meditations at www.beingmindful.ie
One of the key themes here at MindfulTeachers.org is self-care for educators and other helping professionals. In your opinion, what’s the connection between mindfulness and self-care, and why are they so important for teachers?
It is great to see the idea of self-care coming into the teaching profession. Teachers are beginning to understand that caring for themselves is necessary if they are to care for their students.
So, the importance of self-care is becoming an accepted idea. The challenge for teachers though is to turn this idea into a practice. Can teachers remember to practice self-care when they need it most? Or, as I often see, does self-care fall down the list of priorities once the pressure comes on?