An Educator Speaks: The Ripple Effect of Care & Wellbeing in our Education System

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.

70 thoughts on “An Educator Speaks: The Ripple Effect of Care & Wellbeing in our Education System

  1. Yes, I agree – the need to self-nurture oneself in the workplace is across the board – through all disciplines – we are so focused on ‘getting it right’ for others that we often forget to look after ourselves. It’s so easy to go into overwhelm and become emotionally exhausted as a result. Taking loving care of ourselves and our bodies is definitely a priority!

  2. This is just awesome and if only my educational experience was one of the teachers being with me because they loved me, thank you.

  3. Dr Eunice Minford has written a beautiful piece on her blog re; education+love and a great example of a school in USA: Transforming Education with Love

    Back in May I forwarded it to my son’s school – to the head, the governors, various tutors, heads of years and I had no single reply, not even an acknowledgement email. The most ironic thing was that a month later they sent out a survey asking parents for suggestions and ways to improve teacher-student relationship. So I wrote back suggesting they read Eunice’s piece and write back to me with their views. Again not a tweet.

    “Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity” – Lady Astor – which is why I personally love attending Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon’s presentations!

      1. Maybe these teachers and educators who are presenting to the next generation how to express could listen to a presentation by Serge Benhayon on expression, along with the piece by Dr. Eunice Minford mentioned by Dragana in her comment above.

  4. Thank you, this shows again how needed Universal Medicine is needed and the impact just one person can make simply by changing the way in which one chooses to live one’s life.

  5. I have found it quite incredible the changes that unfold and continue to do so as I have chosen to look after myself first, and in ways that are unimaginable at the onset. This has been possible with the inspiration of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine Practitioners and a commitment to myself. These teachings are a much needed resource across all professions and throughout Life today. Thank you for sharing the ripple effect.

  6. Yes, it is a domino effect almost – the way in which one can start to make loving choices for themselves, and that ripples into all areas of our lives, including the lives of other we interact with.
    For me this also shows how much we are all connected.
    The more respect and love we have for ourselves = the more respect and love we have for others = the more respect and love they have for us and others.
    What a beautiful cycle.

  7. Its so common, but no less awful that many of us forget the reason we were inspired to do the job we have. We get run down, exhausted, and lose our vitality and enthusiasm.
    So its great to hear you “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.” The support from Universal Medicine has clearly had an amazing impact on your life.

    1. That’s very true, it’s so sad to hear so many people hate their jobs, especially when they are professions they were once passionate about. It’s refreshing to read of an opposite kind of story!! And I agree the support from Universal Medicine has clearly had an amazing impact on your life.

  8. It was a Delight to read this blog and felt so joyful too. And super inspiring that you have not kept this to yourself but have: ‘ 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’. Awesome!

  9. What an amazing inspiration for the children that you teach! They get to learn so much more than their subjects and lessons – they get to see and feel that there is another way to live, and that they are worth caring for too.

  10. Thanks NB!! I know that things could be dramatically different if we incorporated the teachings of Universal Medicine in our lives. I would like to know what has changed in your approach to teaching, so perhaps you could consider writing another blog on what is different now?

  11. The changes you have made and applied to your life and your work due to the learnings you have been offered by Universal Medicine are just gorgeous. These learnings and the support you now offer others is priceless. The world needs more teachers like you.

  12. Thanks NB. It’s great for the children and other teachers to experience the loving approach to teaching that you have.

  13. Thank you NB it is beautiful to read the changes you have made with the support of Universal Medicine, and how the positive effects on your health and well-being is inspiring many around you.

  14. Wise words, “how simple life can be if you choose it”. The question always was for me: How do I choose and in what order to get to simplicity? Serge Benhayon was the first in my life who supported me to get to a very practical understanding of this highly philosophical question. And it’s so much fun living it finally.

    1. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – indeed, I am so glad you have found the beauty of simplicity too. I too find it amazing to just let go of everything and do what is actually needed, which can be worked out so easily.

  15. Thank you NB for an inspiring story, How beautiful to teach for the love of children, and how blessed they are by the love and care you bring. We are always emanating like a pebble cast into the pond of humanity.

  16. “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!” – this is awesome. I feel many people experience the overwhelm from our job, study and other commitment, and end up disconnecting from the passion and enthusiasm we started off with, and blame how intense the circumstances are. Your sharing shows how powerful it can be to simply self-care, therefore bringing self-responsibility into the picture to make a real change.

  17. Beautiful turnaround NB, and I love that you stop to giggle! What a blessing for your students!
    Through applying the ageless wisdom (as lived and presented by Serge Benhayon) in my own life (with the support and inspiration of the student body) I too ‘no longer personalise or react to situations’ which is a blessing to not only me, but also those around me.

  18. It is so lovely to hear the affects of putting your self first and bringing simplicity and nurturing to your life. It is so needed and so the opposite of what has become our natural instinct these days, but does not really support anyone in the long run. thank you for the reminder of how life can be by simply putting self care and self love into practise.

  19. Awesome blog NB and what you share is so true, when we start to express our care for others from a foundation of self care the ripple effect and inspiration to others is enormous.

  20. Beautiful NB, you are a shining example of bringing the love back to you and how that choice to be the love you are has such an amazing effect on all those you connect with. I love that you now see the joy in life and your true call to become a teacher has been reignited by this love of self.

  21. It is astounding that the need for self-love and care has slipped out of the way of life we have developed and from our teaching and other professions. It is inspiring to see the difference your choices has made to a whole classroom – hopefully they will take this away with them to integrate into their lives.

  22. Wow, coming back to true purpose and being a role model for others by the living loving authority you reflect to those around you. That´s what makes the roses smell.

  23. This writing shows the true power of Universal Medicine. The empowerment of people to live their life in full authority being true role models by reconnecting back to our true purpose. Most people loose this connection and live a life of existence just getting by, but everybody I know who has reconnected to true purpose with the support of Universal Medicine, no matter where they were at in their lives, have turned their lives totally around and are living today amazing lives inspiring others to do the same.

  24. Thank you NB for sharing. There are so many teachers on this blog sharing their experiences of the effect their own wellbeing is having on the classroom and I think it’s brilliant! What a way forward!

  25. Wow, what a change you made by coming back to the true purpose you started your work with: your love for children. And what a different teacher, colleague, family member and friend everybody got by your choices. The ripple effect is huge. That is the power of the truth Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon offer us all.

  26. Just feeling how lucky the children in your classroom are NB. Wonderful that you chose to share your successful techniques with others so the ripple effect will continue to grow. Thank you.

  27. NB – what a significant difference you are making to the lives of the children, parents, colleagues and student teachers! What I am also appreciating about your blog is your comment around bringing yourself back to the simplicity of why you work where you do. I have found in my own job that it is easy to get caught up in the organisational demands and to lose track of the reason the job exists in the first place, so thank you for offering such a timely reflection.

  28. I’ve also noticed that children are very sensitive to the truth of how well adults take care of themselves, and they are very responsive to love. So it’s not surprising that you built such a lovely connection with your students. One person simply being love, dozens benefit, then hundreds, then thousands…. a ripple effect with no limits!

  29. It is incredible and surprising what can happen when we learn to truly self=care. I see self-care as a science because with every self caring action done in connection inwards or towards ourselves, there is an equal and opposite reaction outwards. It is quite magical.

  30. And how blessed your students are NB that you have re-connected to your ‘love of children’ and the true purpose you had for teaching. Your students would also love the stability you offer by not allowing the outside influences and pressures of the education system impact on your classroom.

  31. This is a huge topic as self-care is fundamental for education. Whenever I have been a student in a classroom, regardless of the topic being presented, I am always observing the teacher or trainer. I am observing everything and much of my learning comes from observing people and life. Children are no different. To have teachers who present self-care, through the reflection of how they live their day to day, is providing another level of education that is rarely given the importance that it deserves.

  32. NB, thank you for sharing this very inspiring story with us, on how you changed from being disheartened by the way the education system was heading, to now playing your part fully within your own school by sharing and reflection the qualities of true education.

  33. Absolutely great to read how taking care of your self has brought back the joy and as you say” celebrate how much fun teaching really can be and the reasons why I came to work with children in the first place.”

  34. I love how you have re-connected to the passion that led you to teach in the first place and that you now stop to smell the roses. Amazing where a commitment to self-care can lead!

  35. Everyone acknowledges the huge pressures on teachers as they bear one of the front lines when it comes to what is happening in society. Many teachers are burnt out and marking time until holidays and long service leave, so to be in the midst of teaching and to be able to turn yourself around to a lightness that laughs and enjoys children and supporting them is amazing. This is the true issue to look at, this amazing good news story.

  36. A burnt out exhausted teacher is unlikely to encourage the next generation to choose teaching as a career but a teacher who shares their love and self-honouring way of living with their students will inspire others. And as we are all teachers of the next generation as they see how we live we all have a responsibility to choose love.

  37. “from a paper driven desk job, to reconnecting….to the love of children!” From doing to being. Reconnecting to the purpose of why we do things, rather then letting what needs to be done bog us down and consume us. It makes all the difference in the world.

  38. Universal Medicine is supporting me to develop a steady and solid foundation of self-love so that I can truly serve. What I am realising is the stronger my foundation the less likely I react but remain with myself. This way of being is so supportive to myself and those around me.

  39. Beautiful to connect to the ‘being’ with the children instead of the driven ‘doing’. Universal Medicine has truly blessed us with building a strong foundation of self love and care thereby enabling you to give that care and support to others, I love the joy, fun and playfulness you bring to yourself and others.

  40. This is what children want and this is what teaching staff is crying out for as well. Having some experience working as a teacher the main thing the students want is connection. Thereafter everything is a sure success, no matter how that looks. Many teachers I have seen change jobs quite often because they cannot cope with the pressures and demands placed upon them. It’s great to see true teaching coming back into classrooms.

  41. To no longer personalise or react to situations at school whilst providing a deeper level of openness and support for your students, the parents and your colleagues are remarkable qualities to have and appreciate for the profound affect it has on everyone. You are a blessing to the education industry.

  42. Nothing like a bit of truth, self-love, regard and loving choices to reignite our true purpose in life. We can easily get bogged down into the ‘grind’ of life and tick the boxes. But life is calling us all to be more, to be ourselves and to enjoying connection to our all within and share that with everyone we come across, unreservedly so.

  43. This is a beautiful sharing, I can relate to all you have shared, I also stop to smell the roses now and lately I realised that even when I have done huge hours at work and have had so many things come up, I start to tell someone about it all and I begin to share how tired I am and then I realise that I am not tired, I actually feel great, I am just a little uncomfortable to tell people how good I feel. I definitely would not feel that way if it were not for my relationship with myself since being a student of Universal Medicine.

    1. To stop and smell the roses, is indeed a very beautiful thing to do that I would not want to miss out on, but I know when I get caught up too much in the world I forget that such a beautiful thing even exists.

    2. I can do this too Sarah, it’s nearly like auto pilot and just regurgitating what I can feel around me and what are the common things to say and feel at the end of a working day or week. I said it just yesterday finishing work, ‘what a week!’… yet, yes it was very busy and I had just got back from overseas, I took each day as it was and made sure I supported myself with food I had made and even have a rest in my lunch breaks. I would have never dreamt of doing that before Universal Medicine.

  44. Thank you for sharing your experience NB, it is an amazing fact about Universal Medicine, that it inspires you to such a degree that you actually start to make changes in your life and this then inspires others to do the same. It is the role model how change on a big scale can be achieved.

  45. That’s extraordinary NB what you now offer in your classroom not only to your students but university students – beginning teachers, other colleagues and the parents. That is a mountain of support to an otherwise very extra-dutiful role of teaching these days with students requiring parenting and the pressures of the schools and curriculum system to deliver results. Your regard is high and this can only be due to the regard of you. I join you too in saluting Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon for bringing the love back into our lives.

  46. Yes its been so wonderful having the full impact of Serge Benhayon and the teachings of Universal Medicine come back into my life after so long without it all. I wonder how I would be now without such support.

  47. With the many incredible and increasing pressures so many are feeling in the workplace, I often wonder how anyone manages without connection back to their innermost heart to support them through life. i know this connection has been a God send for me, and changed everything.

    1. For me also Felicity. It is only though my connection to my essence, to my love within, that I now live life with a steadiness and knowingness that in this life I had never come close to. I had sensed that this was possible but until coming across the Ageless Wisdom Teachings as presented and lived by Serge Benhayon, I could not find a tangible way of living it. A work in progress for sure, still but a beautiful and evolutionary work that I am committed to, as the enrichment in my life to date is beyond compare.

  48. The importance of self care can never be underestimated, ‘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.’

  49. This is gorgeous to read and so inspiring, education is more than ready for the changes you are bringing, what a difference this will make to all.

  50. If I do not have self love I lose myself to the demands and pressures placed upon me. When I choose to self love I handle situations more easily and am less likely to react. I know what needs to be said and done and am less likely to be in doubt and indecisive about things. To live self love is not selfish as when there is true love for the self there is true love for all.

  51. Thank you. A beautiful testimonial of the flow of harmony in every day life when we put into practice some of the presentations of Universal Medicine. When we rediscover the true meaning of love and live it in The Way of The Livingness it can be an inspiration to others.

  52. The pressures and expectations on teachers are enormous in today’s classrooms . . . . “I began to truly interact with the children and not be driven by unrealistic curricular expectations.” . . . it is great that you are connecting to the children as the ‘ unrealistic curricular expectations’ actually reject the children that are sitting before you in the class.

  53. With any job we can go into box ticking and make it all about what gets accomplished or not, then human connections and what works best for each person goes out the window. Same with school classrooms, a Teacher under pressure to get students through xyz, is going to be less attentive to their own needs and the needs of the young people their teaching. It really doesn’t make sense… the education system gets the scores but there are people not living to their full potential.

  54. You share such a valuable message of how caring for and developing a loving relationship with ourselves is the foundation for bringing a steady quality of presence to our day, be it at work or otherwise. With this foundation in place we see and can feel how there is greater connection in all we do which naturally enriches our lives, and the lives of all that we meet.

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