It has been two weeks since my last post, part of the reason for this is taking a holiday in a remote area with limited internet access. I enjoyed my week away and must admit that I did not miss my laptop or having instant access to my emails, Facebook or Twitter accounts and was surprised on my return how little interest I actually had in what had been posted in my absence.
What I did miss though was finishing off the 21 Day Meditation Challenge, as I had only reached day 18 when we left but was very pleasantly surprised to discover that I could still access the last few days and so, will be able to finish it.
It was only during my week away and my the two days since I have been home that I realised how much I had come to rely on this quiet time to myself. It is only 15 minutes a day but I would come to it at times feeling stressed and overwhelmed and leave the room feeling refreshed, peaceful and more able to deal with the children’s squabbles, help with homework etc.
Many of you who follow this blog will know that I have been searching unsuccessfully for a job and will be pleased to hear that my efforts resulted in a interview on the Wednesday before Easter. Normally I get very nervous and tongue tied during an interview and fail to get the job because I seem to be inarticulate and at times downright incoherent. The morning of the interview I decided to take some time out to sit quietly and meditate. I left for the interview feeling calm and peaceful and remained so for most of the interview.
Unfortunately, I received a call later that day telling me I had been unsuccessful, they had appointed someone with more experience than I had but gave me excellent feedback on my interview. I believe the interview went well not only because I was calm before going in but also because I had decided that if they wanted me badly enough they would agree to me working to a schedule that would fit around my yoga, I had let go of the outcome, it didn’t matter to me whether I got the job or not, yes I wanted it of course, was enthusiastic in my interview but I knew that if I didn’t get it, it would be because it wasn’t the job for me.
So while I did not get the job I still view the interview as successful, I learnt that I can give good interviews when I detach from the outcome, when I do this I can remain calm and in control yet still show my enthusiasm and passion for education.
I have only a few days of the Meditation Challenge to go but fully intend to keep up the practice once I have finished. Fifteen to thirty minutes is not a lot of time to find in the day but is enough to keep the daily struggles in perspective.