by NB (40) – Early Years Classroom Teacher and Beginning Teachers Mentor
I am writing in response to the current news coverage and portrayal of Universal Medicine. Having worked in education over the past twenty years in a number of classrooms, administration and leadership roles, I felt very disheartened in the way the system was changing not only through the current transition into the National Curriculum but the general level of wellbeing of myself and my colleagues. The rate of illness, exhaustion and overall lack of staff morale is staggering.
Experiencing some health issues I became aware of the workshops provided by Universal Medicine, and attended some workshops and private sessions at the clinic. The work of the clinicians was conducted with the utmost respect and I was lovingly supported through each session and the choices that I had made. Through the teachings I was able to recognise the need for me to bring balance back into my life by developing a healthy level of self-care and regard which naturally had a rippling effect in my work life.
Through these changes my approach to teaching has dramatically changed from a paper driven desk job, to reconnecting with the main reason I came to work in the field for – the love of children!
Over time I had noticed that the more I cared for my own wellbeing, the more this was reflected in the classroom and in turn helped to build an honest and loving rapport with the students in my care and their interactions with each other.
Through my experience with Universal Medicine presentations I no longer personalise or react to situations whilst providing support to my students, the parents and my colleagues. I began to truly interact with the children and not be driven by unrealistic curricular expectations.
Universal Medicine presentations have helped me bring consistency into the work place, and a level of honesty and openness to my students and colleagues that I was previously afraid to show. The effects have been staggering and many of my colleagues have noticed these changes and asked for support.
Opening up my classroom to university students and beginning teachers has allowed me to share these changes with others and offer support and care in working with students in our community.
I now stop to smell the roses often, and I laugh, giggle and celebrate how much fun teaching really can be and the reasons why I came to work with children in the first place.
Thank you Universal Medicine for all that you have given me and helping me realise how simple life can be if you choose it.