Speaking of being a leader this year, I am also going to be a TA (teacher's assistant) for a health class. I am super excited! This isn't a normal health class, but one that instills organization and study habits in the students the first semester and then discusses health in the second after they've adjusted to highschool life. If I thrive in this environment this year (which I am strongly hoping I will!) then the position will encourage me to pursue teaching as an adult. Not teaching necessarily in a school, but just teaching people habits to improve their well-being. It takes a lot of work like a leader to be that teacher that leaves a positive mark in a student. One has to be patient especially. My TA position this year will help me a lot with this. It takes a lot of effort to not get frustrated with other's when they goof off or fail to understand your concepts at a deeper level. But our ability to be influential will only get further marred when we build up frustration in ourselves.
This frustration I frequently experience with myself and other's is getting easier to release as I have worked on my awareness the past couple of weeks. I have really aimed to meditate once a day even if just for 10 minutes to remind myself what it is like to have a quiet consciousness. With everything going on in my life right now, I think it is an important practice to take up. My body screams no, but when I am filling it with activity 16 hours of the day, I really give myself no choice other than to sit and be mindful for ten measly minutes. It is amazing to me how much my brain hates not calculating, analyzing, and organizing every next move. When I take 15 minutes to sit and do nothing, it scrambles to find things I should be working on (and that isn't hard with my life). As I sit there and concentrate on my breathe, my mind basically regurgitates all the minute details I deal with throughout the day or week. There are so many unimportant nuances that can become trapped in our brains. Whenever one of these arises during my meditation, I try to breath it out on an exhale. Meditating and continuing my yoga practices once a week has helped me release tension immensely. Not only do I constantly recognize myself as mentally tense, but I often get the wrath of being physically tense from my coaches. Doing yoga or meditating allows me to accept situations in a different mindset. One situation is not necessarily more agitating or uncomfortable. It just is.
So as my weeks have gotten busier and busier, it is almost like I am being told to meditate even more to keep myself at ease and succeed in my daily challenges. Speaking of challenges, I am really trying to get out a couple articles. One on how to prevent hypothyroidism and the other on why eating meat is important and the effects of being a vegetarian (this one is dedicated to my friend who asked for the article to be written). I am currently sifting through The Vegetarian Myth and hope to publish both articles within the next few weeks. With school starting on Monday, it is going to be harder to keep up with my blog as I have in the summer (especially scientific posts), but I will try my best to update it weekly (especially with recipes and pictures). Now I have to go to dinner where I will eat some yummy Halibut from my Uncle's store! Hopefully I will post my articles shortly. Have a nice weekend everybody!