In our lives as busy and distracted librarians, it’s easy to get sucked into always keeping that running list in our minds. You know the one. It has all of those “to-do” tasks on it that have to get done in the next 2 hours, shift, day, week and month. I know that I always have several balls in the air and am trying to stay ahead of the game. It often leads to worrying about what’s next rather than being present in the task at hand.
I was speaking with a teacher about this not so long ago, and she told me about a mindfulness workshop she had attended. She told me that it had not only helped her practice as an educator, but she was using the techniques with her students and it was making a difference in their lives at school as well.
I started looking around the web for some articles not only just on mindfulness, but on mindfulness in the practice of librarianship as well. Here are some links have proven helpful to me as I begin to slow down, take a breath and be present in my practice.
Mindfulness for Librarians, by Devin Zimmerman
Insights and Practical Tips on Practicing Mindful Librarianship to Manage Stress, by Kristen Mastel and Genvieve Innes
Mindfulness 101, posted by The Nocturanal Librarian
The Resource Page from The Mindfulness in Education Network
Of course this takes time. And our connected lives give us some hard habits to break. I am typing this up while at the breakfast table, with several tabs open at once! I hope that you will consider adding some mindful practice to your days.