Anne Smith :: Blog for September 2015
Let's catch up. As some of you know from my FB post, I have recently lost my job. It happened very suddenly, and in a way that was personally devastating and insulting. There is really very little to say, except that my conscience is quite clear; I did nothing to deserve this treatment, and I will choose to see it as "Divine Intervention". I sincerely thank my former friend and employer (I choose not to name her) for the experiences, good and bad, inside and outside of the workplace, for the past 3 years. In fact, I will continue to refer families to her practice; that is how much I believe in her ability.
I have learned much about child development as well as some fascinating research regarding the brain and its potential-however, it is the MIND that fascinates me: consciousness and the body-mind connection, emotional intelligence and how we stop ourselves from accessing our full and authentic power. I am almost through reading an UNFORGETTABLE and amazing book "In Search of the Warrior Spirit", by Richard Strozzi Heckler. I picked it up almost instinctively at a book store that was going out of business in Lake George, one evening with my niece Maggie. The book's subtitle: Teaching Awareness Disciplines to the Green Berets. It cost me $2.50. I wish I had bought every available copy to give to as many friends as I could. Heckler, an Aikido Master, chronicles a top-secret experiment by the US Army from1985-6, in which he trained 25 SFs in awareness disciplines-aikido, mediation, vegetarianism and the psychology of the body, to name a few. In the course of his training, some powerful transformations took place, in the minds and hearts of these "natural killers". The topic challenges our notions of what is "good" and what is "evil", what it means to be a warrior on today's battlefield. Heckler's writing is so whole, both masculine and feminine in its scope. This book would make one hell of a film.
We are in a technological age that is outpacing our strategies to manage it. With the press of a button, a terrorist can activate a WMD, nuclear, or chemical weapon. As a nation, we are confronted with some very "clear and present dangers" from foreign and domestic entities- I am becoming more restless and desirous, as an American, to play a role in understanding what it means to be a true patriot, stripped of financial motives or political underpinnings; what it means to support our troops, but not to support this endless cycle of violence and death. For some time, I have subscribed to FP, (Foreign Policy), an online Global Magazine that (I feel), presents less biased journalism than mainstream television and other media. It was through one FP article that I came across a paper written by Lt. General Michael Flynn, former head of the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency). Since reading it, I've listened to several of his YouTube interviews. I am so impressed with his intelligence, humanity, and ability to articulate a very complex situation in the Middle East. I urge you to look him up.
Cubes, grids, squares, boxes. No way. It's a trap.
I'm so sure that the teachers and administrators are patting themselves on the back for anticipating "the future wave of education." What happened to the concepts of "Hands-On", "Free Play" and "Let's Pretend"? Let me not get into reality shows today…..
Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Listen no further than "Imagine", by John Lennon.
Imagination is not some frivolous state of reverie only experienced by artists, in which they "Get up at 9:30, drink coffee , write songs and paint pictures." If you're wondering who I am quoting, I choose not to name her; but those words were recently aimed at me, and their only exit out of the wound they caused in my heart was through the door of the building I had worked in for the past three years. Hey, it's only a battle scar. I'm alive! I'm seeking, I'm learning. I need to grow, from the inside out. I'll say a prayer, that my eyes and ears be open to go where I am needed to serve, and that my Imagination will take me there.
Until Next Time xoxox
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