Entries by Lisa J. Lucas

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Evidence of Practicing Presence

Just about every day I wonder if I’m really making a difference. It helps to have some evidence that your thoughts, words and actions do indeed sometimes impact others. I have a file folder that I’ve labeled “Happy File” where I put notes, cards and other keepsakes that can quickly uplift my mood. I have […]

Want to complete more in less time?

For educators and students everywhere, it’s the time of year when we have either more projects to complete or more to grade than we have hours in the day. One technique that works better than powering through fueled with too much sugar and frequent internet surfing or other distractions is the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro […]

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Gratitude Practice

What if every Sunday you vowed to in some way reach out to one person that you’re grateful for in your life? My favorite gratitude practice in action was when Fred Rogerss accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. He modeled that we should always be acknowledging the people that have helped us become who we are. […]

Forgive Them, for they Know Not What They Do

Do you have someone in your life that triggers you, that hijacks your rational mind? Perhaps they look down on you, ignore you, or say disparaging things about you behind your back. Do you ever watch them change their demeanor when others are watching and hold court with only those they feel matter? Do you […]

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Failure Progress

Last week I presented a keynote in Ohio to a large group of educators- mostly administrators. I wanted to “knock it out of the park”. In the last 5 minutes of my presentation the slide deck on the power point presentation froze (as did my heart). The closing inspirational video that I spent hours creating […]

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5 Reasons People Don’t Practice Presence

Last week I posted a mindfulness mantra. The feedback was interesting, but not unexpected. Every time I mention mindfulness, I typically hear a few common responses: • “Do you really think I have time in my day to sit and do nothing but focus on my breath?” • “I cannot stop my thoughts; my brain […]

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The Muck of March: Meditation Might Help

In Practicing Presence, I lead with the following: It was March. Outside, I was greeted by dreary, gray skies and a constant drizzle. It was the kind of rain that makes you feel chilled to the bone. Inside, I felt equally dreary. I’ve gotten more accepting of March since I wrote that. I’ve accepted that […]

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This year’s Practicing Presence Summer Self-Care Retreat award recipient is Laura Davis.

This year’s retreat award recipient is Laura Davis. Congratulations Laura! We have all heard the statistics related to how many teachers will leave the profession within their first five years of teaching. This is Laura’s fifth year teaching, and she was close to becoming part of that statistic this year. As a Head Start teacher, […]