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!