Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stress free World Cup




I love soccer, world Football.  It is World Cup season and I could not be more thrilled.  I really don't mind that the USA team isn't in it.  Less to stress about.  This gives me the relaxed opportunity to simply enjoy the game.  This season (first week) so far has been amazingly full of surprises and upsets.  It is showing the true beauty of the game.  So much goes into a win, but anyone has the chance to win on any given match day.

I am really enjoying watching, listening, and hearing about each match.

Some do stress about it.  There are countries that take the sport way more seriously than the USA has to this date.  Historically, there have been players hurt and even killed when they returned home for not performing in the name of their nation.  That is stress!

Pretty drastic, huh?

Soccer is a wonderful sport if you are patient and get to know it.  It is so much more than kicking the ball around and running.  The strategies and skills are amazing.  Give it a try...especially while the world is involved.  For the love of the game.  Enjoy.

Be Mindful.

Peace.

Mark Levine

#Mindfulliteracy
@LevineWrites


Monday, June 18, 2018

Thankful for time




Today, I am thankful for a little time off of school.  I started the day with a nice list of errands...

But...

As I was leaving the house, I got a call from my wife that she was in an accident.  Some guy had pulled in front of her.  She was fine.  Shaken, but fine.  Her nice car...not so much.

The day turned into getting  her, going to the body shop, and getting a car rental.  And...a lot of calls to the insurance company, online forms, and so on...

NOT the way that the day was supposed to go, but...I have the time and brain space, as well as patience to go through this kind of a day thanks to a little bit of a break from school.  Next week, I am taken all five days.  Next week would not have been so easy.

I am thankful.

I am thankful for my wife being safe.

I am thankful for great insurance.

I am thankful for wonderful people at the Auto Body and Rental place.

I am thankful for the time to deal with all of this.

I am thankful for the opportunity to reflect.

So...

On to tomorrow.

Be Mindful.

Peace.

Mark Levine

#Mindfulliteracy
@LevineWrites


Sunday, June 17, 2018

What is Mindful Literacy?




The name of my blog is Mindfulliteracy.  I would like to take the opportunity to explain what I mean by Mindful Literacy...since I have posted over 160 blog posts with that tag.

Mindfullness is the idea that we are in focus and intentional in our world.  We only allow what is in front of us to matter to the mind.  We notice the distractions and stressors in life, but we release them without emotionally attaching to them.  We, more or less, simply wave high to them, and then get back to our focus.

Mindlessness is the opposite.  It is when we are simply going through the motions letting life lead us as opposed to us intentionally leading our lives.

The Literacy part is steeped in what we educationally know as literacy, but I take creative license and expand it to mean a bit more than reading and writing.  First, I include thinking.  I believe that we cannot have efficient reading and writing without intentional thought.  Next, I include the act and art of "being."  This is just being human within our world.  We are connected and have our lives.  We made decision and have relationships that shape who we are.  This, too, is at the heart of learning.  Also, literacy reflects life.  It is the act and art of living through choice.  Instead of being mindless in our day-to-day life, we are taking the time to reflect and live how we want to live.

For those of you who have chosen to take a peak at what I am building here, thank you.  I hope this makes sense and even provokes you to visit more often.

Be Mindful.

Peace.

Mark Levine

#Mindfulliteracy
@LevineWrites


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Enjoying People




I have had the luxury of reflecting on the impact of the people in my life lately.  I really see myself as quite lucky to have such an array of incredibly special people that influence and inspire my daily life.

The list is long and includes, writers, teachers, bloggers, Twitter friends, colleagues, and family.

We often rely on others as supports, but when we can rely on them for inspiration, to help our minds grow, that is much a different story.

As I close the chapter of this year's writer's retreat, I am more than thankful for the wonderful conversations, the true appreciation for each other as people and writers, and the connections we make as educators.

It is rare that when a group of people get together, that they become larger than the sum of the whole, but this past week...I experienced it first hand and it was amazing.

Do yourself a favor.  Enjoy people.  Learn from the and allow yourself to be inspired by them.

Be Mindful.

Peace.

Mark Levine

#Mindfulliteracy
@LevineWrites





Friday, June 15, 2018

Inspirational People




Today my writing retreat came to an end...for now.  One thing that we all noticed through this process is the importance of having inspirational people to talk writing with.  A simple conversation with great minds like I was privileged to be with, can inspire so many writing and teaching ideas.  So many!

In three days, I spent about 15 hours writing, 5 hours in critique and feedback, and countless hours enjoying the wonderful people that I get to write with.

Every writer deserves this!

My advice:

Find a group of passionate educators and talk about the pieces of education that you are passionate about.  Talk with them and brainstorm what they world needs to learn from you all.  Take this inspiration and go write in your blog, write an article, or even write a book.

You will grow from the process if anything else, I promise.

Be Mindful.

Peace.

Mark Levine

#Mindfulliteracy
@LevineWrites


Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Writing Zone




I love that I am reminded that there is such a thing as the writing zone.  It is a place where writing becomes a natural function of who you are.  It becomes part of you as you become part of it. 

The writing is comfortable and creates its own flow.  It is as if the writing becomes its own mind and helps you, the writer, to get the words to the paper (or screen).

The feeling is comfortable, not pressed or shoved.  The writing floats above you in guidance of its ideas and journey.

I am in the second day of my writing retreat and I am truly in the writing zone.  I have been able to write more, and with much better quality, than I thought possible.  I am gladly looking forward to the next day and a half of this place of mind.

Writing, along side other writers, where you share your soul and words in an effort to become a better writer is the most amazing thing.  I suppose I can relate it to a runner's high (something I only know from my youth).

I am thankful for this opportunity.  I hope others seek to find this gift.

Be Mindful.

Peace.

Mark Levine

#Mindfulliteracy
@LevineWrites


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Writers inspire writing




So...

I am at the start of the writing retreat that I am attending and the first thing that I notice is that I am inspired immediately, just being in the same room as these other writers.  They are shining with great writing ideas and their words are always amazing and authentic.

As we talk writing, the conversation alone creates so much inspiration within me that my idea machine is flipped on and I am teaming with inspired writing territories.

I do not get to experience this enough, but when I do...I am clearly reminded the power of writing side by side with other writers.  It is magic.  If you haven't had the experience, please make some calls now and set something up.

This isn't a writer's group.  This is just writers talking about writing.  It can be with anyone you trust and enjoy in the writing world. 

Do it!

Be Mindful.

Peace.

Mark Levine

#Mindfulliteracy
@LevineWrites