I have been absent from blogging for a while because I moved, started my second book, and have been disturbed by what is going on in my country. Today another school shooting occurred. Fear is becoming a way of life for so many children. Right now the only thing I feel I can do is to pray for the children, families and all that are affected by each shooting. I can also send hopeful, loving energy to all of us. Finally, I will not sit quietly when conversations occur about what is happening in the White House, gun control, and anything that challenges the compassionate part of our human race. We are spiritual beings having a human experience and the spiritualness of each of us needs to rise up like the phoenix and spread its wings of compassion over this country and this planet.
I have had to pause with my writing for a while because my emotions have been all over the place since the school shootings in Florida. The school is about 30 minutes from where I live. I have had to stop my car and let funeral processions for some of the victims go by. I have spoken to people who knew the teachers or students. It is more real to me since I live here.
My first thought is that schools need to implement from the youngest age The Inner Essence Project or some program that teaches compassion and cooperation. There is such a great need for love, compassion, community, and cooperation in our schools among the teachers, staff, and students. If we can begin teaching children compassion and how to monitor their behaviors and emotions they will become healthier as they grow older. They will be able to support each other and know when their support is not enough and let a professional know.
Children are the future and teachers and the ones to lead and educate them as to how to be loving, happy, and compassionate members of a community. I do not understand why teachers are paid so poorly given their enormous responsibility. I know many teachers who have to take a 2nd or 3rd job to make ends meet. This is not right.
There is so much wrong with our educational system but the respect and recognition that teachers receive are the worst. The average starting teacher salary is $36,000. The average highest paying teacher salary is $56,000. This is so wrong. These men and women are educating and, now protecting, our children. They are forming the future of our country.
When I went to India teachers were deeply respected and honored. When they learned I was a teacher they put their hands together and bowed as if they were in the company of someone great. Yes, teachers are considered great in India and other countries. But, here, they are at the bottom of the professional pay scale and often with little respect.
This has been my “soapbox” for a while. I don’t understand how a country can think so little of teachers and students to not immediately ban weapons of war. To me, this is a no-brainer.
Living from Your Heart: The Inner Essence Journey is a great gift to give family members or people you work with or any group that you spend time with and want to have a more cooperative, loving and compassionate relationship together.
It is a book that teaches four behaviors to stop when they cause pain and suffering to you or others. Then, the Five Essential Laws of Life are explained. They are guidelines to follow when you find yourself doing any of the STOP behaviors and to generally follow throughout the days. It also teaches stretching exercises for your body. Finally, the readers will learn about energy centers in our bodies called chakras and how to pay attention to their body and learn what it needs and what it is telling you.
When a person practices the Inner Essence Journey alone it is very powerful because she becomes more aware of her behaviors and feels the pain in her body more clearly which informs her as to what and where her energy is blocked. However, when a family or a group of workers practice the Inner Essence Journey together the benefits multiply profoundly. The people in the group are supporting each other to STOP certain behaviors and to follow the Five Laws of Life. It feels much better to have a home or work environment that is more cooperative and compassionate. It’s a way to be a family, a team, a group working together. If you want to give a meaningful holiday gift idea for coworkers and family I suggest giving Living From Your Heart: The Inner Essence Journey and then practice the program together in the New Year. It is truly a gift that can last forever.