Inner News

The Well-Being Room at Work

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —A magical room at Mid City, the site where I work, is increasingly capturing my interest and imagination. Surrounded by walls with no windows, it sits on the first floor of a three-story building. It has been organically, naturally growing through time with kindness and beautiful intentions to become the
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Equanimity at a Glance

May 17th, 2017 | By
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(aka First Aid for Freaking Out) By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —Equanimity Noun Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. Are you struggling with the political climate right now? Is it causing problems in your ability to concentrate, relate to others—left and/or right—in relationships at home and work? Are you
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Guilt and Shame

Sep 24th, 2016 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS You are teaching in the class and there is a rule never to leave the class without a teacher present. You have diarrhea and need to head to the bathroom. You have an appointment and need to leave 10 minutes early. If you ask the answer might be no. You
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Disillusionment

May 10th, 2016 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS —A story tells of a man walking down the beach and he sees thousands of starfish on the shore. A woman is picking them up one at a time and putting them back in the water. The man says to her, “There are so many starfish here, how do you think you
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Reactivity

Mar 19th, 2016 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —“Anything that annoys you is teaching you patience. Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.”—From themindunleased.org Reactivity is a useful tool
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Emotions—“Inside Out”

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS Inside Out is a powerful, animated movie about the effect of emotions on our behaviors and, in general, our lives. In the movie, we bear witness to the inner workings of a young girl, Riley, and her emotions of joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust. Our emotional states also affect
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The Poignancy of Death

May 19th, 2015 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —The death of a colleague (or family member or friend) is an invitation for self-reflection and contemplation about our own being and place in the world. It is a reminder of our own mortality. Along with the myriad of feelings that surface for weeks and months down the road, death
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Balance of Content and Process

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS —A wonderful article appeared recently in the newspaper about a math teacher who taught algebra by creating rap songs and his process in doing so. According to the article, he had a difficult time getting the students’ attention. He created a rap song to help them learn the concepts. The next day,
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About Inner News

Mar 13th, 2015 | By

Longtime ESL teacher, life coach, and marriage family therapist Lynn Francis is interested in the inner life of the teacher. She writes, “Because the tools of our trade—methods, techniques, theories, activities—are so well covered at workshops, in-services, and conferences, I felt there was a need to address other aspects of the teacher that are not
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Mindfulness in Education

Dec 20th, 2014 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —Mindfulness is becoming increasingly mainstream and it is now enhancing education. Why? Because it makes sense. Giving as much attention to our inner world—our thoughts, feelings, sensations—as to the outer leads to increased well-being. Increased well-being of the educator trickles down to the students, colleagues, and the institutions. “Collectively we
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