Teacher shows how Simple ‘common sense’ Tools can support Staff and Students

by Rachel Murtagh, UK

I live in the UK, and over the last seven years have attended numerous Universal Medicine workshops and presentations. I work as a regular mainstream primary school teacher, and I see Universal Medicine’s ethics, integrity and teachings to be what is so very needed in society today.

From experience I have applied some of the simple tools presented by Serge and it has made a huge difference between feeling the ability to cope or not cope with the demands of my job. With an increased feeling of steadiness, vitality and generally feeling better in myself, I now have a renewed commitment to my chosen profession when once I felt like giving up and handing in the towel! I still work as hard as ever, but with far less exhaustion.

By the end of term I see exhausted teachers running themselves ragged to perform for children, parents, governors and OFSTED inspectors. Children push themselves to achieve for mums, dads and teachers. Parents are in the same state of being, trying to be the best they can be for their children. We are all on the same wavelength, all limping towards the finishing line of the school holidays to catch our breath and have a bit of respite. Would it be correct to say that other professions feel the same way about their working week and, “Thank God it’s Friday” rings true?

What if Universal Medicine’s teachings can really support ordinary people in their day-to-day lives and help them with daily pressures and stress? I can say whole-heartedly that learning to look after myself by eating, exercising and sleeping well in a way that works for me can’t be knocked. Through Serge’s presentations I have learned a simple five minute gentle breath meditation, used daily, that supports me to stay calm and connected to myself. In this way I can watch my emotions with greater awareness and take greater responsibility for how I express. Let’s be honest…..how many of us were hurt by a frustrated, angry teacher who yelled? I don’t want to be that type of teacher.

I have shown children in my class the meditation technique. When coming off the playground all het up with either frustration, hyperactivity and generally being upset due to the nature of the usual arguing, children have often asked me if they can take five minutes to focus on the quality of their breathing to calm down. Those five minutes make a huge difference to the resulting level of focus, quality of work, and wellbeing for those who choose it.

Surely taking care of ourselves in this way should be normal? Before I went to a Universal Medicine presentation no one ever said to me, “Before you can take care of others take care of yourself”. This is just plain common sense, but was never self-applied. I learnt from a young age that you put others first. Again, another “what if ?” question arises. What if teachers, parents and children learned to consistently self-care before carrying out any task? Would our day and term feel different? For my money I would guarantee it!

175 thoughts on “Teacher shows how Simple ‘common sense’ Tools can support Staff and Students

  1. “With an increased feeling of steadiness, vitality and generally feeling better in myself, I now have a renewed commitment to my chosen profession when once I felt like giving up and handing in the towel! I still work as hard as ever, but with far less exhaustion.” A magical recipe for true success in life!

  2. When you ask “Would it be correct to say that other professions feel the same way about their working week and, “Thank God it’s Friday” rings true?” After the Easter break when back at work on Tuesday morning I asked one of my hard-working colleagues how she was and did she enjoy the break – she replied “Yes but I wish it was Friday”. She then quickly added with a beaming smile “Well at least I’m being honest”. Many truths are said in jest.

  3. “Surely taking care of ourselves in this way should be normal? Before I went to a Universal Medicine presentation no one ever said to me, “Before you can take care of others take care of yourself”. This is just plain common sense, but was never self-applied. I learnt from a young age that you put others first.” Rachel I can totally relate to your ‘before and after Universal Medicine experience’ – it is life changing in the best possible way. Nothing compares – Universal Medicine rocks!

  4. Such simple common sense tools have been offered to us by Serge,and these simple tools when applied have been life changing to so many people. Lifting the lid on exhaustion, a world wide condition, giving people back their lives, now living with much more awareness and self care than ever before.

  5. It is actually common sense to take care of ourselves first and then naturally from that we can take that same care to others as well. Otherwise we would bring the quality of putting others first in the caring we bring to others. That will truly not bring us anywhere near to ourselves, it’s where we have to start in each and everyone of us in order to restore true wellbeing, not only for ourselves but for our societies as a whole.

  6. Basic self-care lies at the basis of how we are in our every day lives. There simply is no way we can deal with life if we do not have a foundation within ourselves. Self-care gives us back the steering wheel of the boat and with it we are left to the waves to push us from left to right until we are literally sick of it.

  7. Being aware of ourselves and our basic needs and paying attention to them builds a level of self love that we then bring to any job we do. Working with children though shows an instant reflection how this is something we all know innately and crave in your lives for they respond and align with ease. This level of self-care that brings self-love is the key to opening the door to the pure divine love we are.

  8. Rachel you share with us how big the difference is in your life from using the simple ‘common sense’ tools. We tend to make life so complicated and cannot see our way out of the woods through the trees and yet the way out is as simple as taking the next step in awareness. It is this awareness that is on offer though the teachings of Serge Benhayon.

  9. Universal Medicine is all about ‘common sense’ like take care for yourself first otherwise you are not able to care for others; eat when your body is telling you to eat, the same with drink when you feel you are thirsty; if you eat a lot and your body feels bloated you know you should eat less; go to bed when you feel you need to sleep etc. It is all simple and practical and it has changed my life. And the start of it all was to breath gently through my nose in and out.

  10. There is so much we can do through the simple notion of starting to take care of ourselves, which allows us to step back from the rush of life to breathe and to settle in our bodies.

    1. Exactly Esther! As the kids from Rachel learned to ask for the 5 Minute Gentle Breath-Meditation after they had made themselves ‘out’ in the break. They already learned to care for themselves, to take responsibility. This is so beautiful!

  11. Rachel, what you have shared is truly vital for everyone because we spend such a large proportion of our day at work. No one wants to feel exhausted, frustrated, grumpy or unhappy at work, so the basics you have outlined could easily change many people’s lives, and it’s simple and easy to apply.

  12. It is so easy to loose ourselves in the world and its demands and what we need to do and what is expected of us – we end up like a rat in its wheel and wonder when we will get a break. Truth is unless we make a different choice this approach will ran us ragged and leave us utterly exhausted, empty and devastated. The Gentle Breath Meditation as taught by Serge Benhayon is such a tool for a different choice that can be applied any time during the day and helps us to claim ourselves back and get a feel for ourselves first, which then gives us a solid foundation to face the world on our terms.

  13. Rachel for me this would change the world: ” What if teachers, parents and children learned to consistently self-care before carrying out any task?” Imagine we all would do it – we all would consistently care more for ourselves – I am sure we would not be so loveless to ourselves and others anymore.

  14. It’s interesting the consciousness of placing others before ourselves when we all know in our hearts that this is not our true way of being. After living most of my life placing others before me and getting exhausted I have found that the only way I can truly love and support another is to love and adore me for who I am and not for what I do. This way of being energises me; it is a commitment and a responsibility to live in this way.

  15. I once thought that putting others people’s needs before my self was being loving, I was told that putting yourself first was a very selfish way of being I have since come to understand the words ” love your neighbour as you love yourself” this became clear to me, that if I don’t love myself first then how can I truly love my neighbour.

  16. As I read your blog Rachel i realized that the image of a teacher who does truly self-care is strange for me – like hard to imagine. That alone tells a lot about our education system. Great you are one of those who start to bring a difference here.

  17. Those teachers that truly care have an monumental impact that they will probably never even see. I had more than my fair share of caring teachers during my time in education and can honestly say it was such a blessing to have. I have told each and every one what a massive difference they have made to mine and fellow peers lives. Only to read the replies come in that in all their teaching time (ranging 10-30 years) they had NEVER had a student thank them for their time and appreciate what they have brought.

  18. The fact that the children themselves are asking for what they know supports them is a testament to how much it is needed… what a gift you are to be able to offer them this. It is such a shame that it is not done in every classroom.

  19. It would make so much sense to have self care as part of the curriculum. Sadly it has not been part of what we can pass down from generation to generation, but we can be that generational change. When we look at the inordinate rise of lifestyle illnesses your comment “I can say whole-heartedly that learning to look after myself by eating, exercising and sleeping well in a way that works for me can’t be knocked”, can’t be knocked it must be promoted.

  20. When we are tired we are more likely to be cranky and reactive to others and the world around us and thus cause others unnecessary hurt. Quality sleep that allows our body to regenerate and let go of our previous day and start our new day afresh is definitely an antidote to this.

  21. Thanks Rachel for sharing how your life is a lot simpler through applying techniques that improve the quality of your life and work. They do work instantly as shown by you. We have something special before us.

  22. I don’t think we can ever underestimate the power of self-care to turn our lives around. It really is life changing and life saving. It’s only when you begin to appreciate those small baby steps that you realise how this affects how you care for others. This is in every area and moment of life and that it is way beyond the function that we think is caring for others is.

  23. Rachel, you are giving those children the greatest lesson they could learn at school (or anywhere) – that simple self-care is the way to living life to it’s fullest potential.

  24. Universal Medicine teachings are truly life changing and yet very simple tools that make perfect sense to anyone who applies them. I have worked shift work for over 25 years now and I cope better in my job now than I did when I was in my 20’s all due to the choices I have made that are loving and supportive to all areas of my life.

  25. What Universal Medicine presents is a living way of life that simply works. It has hugely supported me in every aspect of my life including my work, health, relationship – everything. It is something that is available for everyone equally if they truly want to heal and be responsible and joyful.

  26. “Before you can take care of others take care of yourself” – Should be humanity’s rallying call in this time of ever-increasing illness and disease.

  27. A teacher who enjoys the company of children while sharing with them how to live in the world is worth their weight in gold.

  28. I think it is lovely and so needed that you give the children five minutes to re focus on the quality of their breathing, ‘Those five minutes make a huge difference to the resulting level of focus, quality of work, and wellbeing for those who choose it.’ Absolutely agree.

  29. There is no doubt that my renewed commitment to my work on the farm has stemmed from the support from Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine inspiring me to change my ways through listening and making choices that support me and my body. It is through developing the relationship to self that is building a foundation so that I can go out into the world and commit to all areas of my life including my work on the farm.

  30. When teachers are constantly stressed, exhausted, frustrated and about to throw in the towel what are they teaching their pupils about life?

  31. These common sense tools have been a life saver for many, like you share Rachel it changed your life and are there for the students you teach. It has also changed my life and many people I interact with on a daily basis. I am still working hard and long hours, but the difference is I take care of myself first and the others, I am no longer exhausted and tired and don’t get angry and annoyed the way I use too.

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