I have written previously about how I learned in yoga that it can be helpful to use supports in your practice. I’ve been thinking about this principle again recently in a different way. I think this might help you see the difference between useful supports and supports that help but also create … [Read more...] about Using the supports you need, Part 2
Developing a Practice: Support
You might value your autonomy but you don't have to do this alone.
You are smart and competent. You work in an environment that values autonomy. You value autonomy. You feel like you should be able to do things yourself. However, you are also part of a complex division of labour in which other people's work supports your daily existence. You probably don't grow … [Read more...] about Autonomy & asking for help
One of the things my yoga teachers are constantly reminding us about is that using supports is not a sign of weakness. Sometimes, in order to get the benefit of a pose, you need to use a block or a strap or modify the pose in some way. People vary. We are not all the same biologically, … [Read more...] about Using the supports you need
Although initially written about teaching, this post applies to any area of your work or life where you feel the things in the first set of bullet points. No one said teaching would be easy but ... You shouldn't be exhausted. You shouldn't be close to tears on a regular basis. You … [Read more...] about If someone’s crying, something needs to change
One of the great things about being an academic is how much autonomy you have compared to other jobs. Autonomy can also be one of the not so great things, too. If you are working really long hours and feeling overwhelmed with everything you have to do, you might have gone beyond … [Read more...] about You don’t have to do it alone