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Saturday, October 31, 2020
My Inspiration: Podcasts
The first Corona Lockdown we experienced rendered me emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted. Remember last spring? We were in such a different place. I was emotionally exhausted from the fear of the unknown: how could I do what I needed to do while keeping myself safe. Wearing gloves in the store and wiping down every item I brought into my house on a sterile surface, before putting it in the cupboard or fridge. Mentally exhausted from doing full-on teacher training with the REED counseling team for REED teachers, literally from early morning till way after the sun went down. And physically exhausted because I wasn't looking after myself. I was sitting at the computer for 10 and 12 hours a day (if not more). The farthest I would walk would be from my desk to my kitchen to make something to eat. Towards the end of that lockdown my back was a wreck, I had put on weight and I was just a mess.
Living on a kibbutz, I realized that I had open fields and empty perimeter roads along which I could safely walk. I discovered the joys of my smart tv where I can pull up yoga sessions of any length I have time for. That's when I realized that the only think standing between this "dilapidated me" and a "healthy me" was in my mind, alone. So now, each morning I walk for about 20 minutes and listen to a podcast, then do some yoga. I'm in a very different place now. A much better, more comfortable and productive place. It's from within that place that I became addicted to listening to podcasts as I walk. (It's a sort of chicken and egg thing - not sure exactly which came first.) They are one of my main motivators for putting on those walking shoes, and one of my influential fountains of inspiration for work. As horrific as this pandemic is, I truly believe it has changed education and the way we teach, for the better. For ever. At least it did for me. So I'm sharing a few of my favorites here. I welcome you to listen and subscribe! Happy listening!