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My letter to some head teachers

Posted by Simon Parke, 31 January 2018, 10.33am

In anticipation of a day together pondering stress, I wrote this letter to some head teachers who are daring to pause to consider their own well being.

‘Life is difficult.’

These are the opening words of Scott Peck’s classic self-help book, ‘The road less travelled,’ and they are a good place to start.

Life can be very difficult, though also very beautiful.

And the difference between the two depends largely on what we find inside ourselves, because we do create our own reality.

Your genius is unquestioned; you have all sorts of gifts which you bring to your work.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t game-changing truths out there to be discovered to help you live and handle the remarkably challenging and creative role you play as a Head.

So in a safe and non-threatening environment, we will together ponder the science of the brain and from there, look at how we work and the emotional patterns within us - profoundly influential, yet hidden from sight beneath the surface.

We have a tendency to imagine that we are normal, but this is not so. There is no normal.

We are each a freak (love the freak) with very particular patterns shaping our thoughts and our moves. And these are much more happily handled and lived in the light of awareness.

We will listen to stories and look at what we can do as anxiety arises or depression grasps us; some mindfulness practice can help us here.

We will go behind the scenery of this talk about resilience; and consider how we might develop it in ourselves.

The truth is, though we might wish it otherwise, we cannot change anyone but ourselves. But how might this happen?

This day isn’t a tick-box exercise; instead, it’s a day about you and your ‘one precious life’ – because you utterly deserve it.

This day is run by The Mind Clinic, hosted by Mark Godson and Simon Parke

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