Featured song: Take It Slow, Ayla Nereo
Featured practice: Let us slow down.
Bayo Akomolafe says, “The times are urgent, let us slow down.” Let us slow down. Often the demand of urgency requires rapid, habitual responses that create tension and stress. There is an unwritten contract in urgency that says get it done at any cost, which also means less being with, less connection, and perhaps less presence and care. Part of what Bayo Akomolafe calls us into is a consciousness, a presence, a way of being that is new and novel in this world. One of the gifts of a mindfulness practice is the space to practice what it means to move differently through time.
What comes to mind when you see yourself rush? What would change if you could slow down, not just for a few minutes in a practice, but if you could change the pace of your life? Mindfulness is our entry point into seeing ourselves, focusing our attention, and setting an intention that will lead us into the realization of our conscious choices.
Connect In is a guided mindfulness practice that happens every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. EST. This community event is virtual, free, and open to all levels of mindfulness practice. 15 minutes is all it takes to start your day with intention. Connect In now!
Caryl Church Jesseph (she/her) is a Curriculum and Education Developer and Mindful Educator with Mind Body Align. Along with 15 years of experience in public schools as a K-12 art educator, Caryl is also a certified yoga teacher, published writer, exhibited artist, and winner of the Northeast Ohio Outstanding Art Educator Award and The Carrie Nordlund Award.
Caryl earned her Master’s Degree in Art Education from Kent State University. She compliments her work with modalities rooted in storytelling, visual art, movement, play, and ecological connection. She is passionate about creating welcoming, safe, inclusive, equity-focused spaces that support people’s mindful awareness and connection to self, others and the natural world. Outside of the classroom, Caryl can often be found photographing wildflowers, writing stories, or enjoying live music.