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I'm not sure these are things that we can "teach" students but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to inspire students to be passionate about their work, as we as educators are passionate about massage therapy.
Additionally, how can we teach them to be present, grounded and aware during a massage. I've tried role playing where they provide touch while consciously thinking about it and then providing touch while thinking about friends, family, work etc. and then ask for feedback. I'm not sure they get it...Does anyone have exercises that they have had success with?
I'm not sure that you can really teach passion. YOU can teach with passion but I believe students kindle their own passion from within. However, here are a few things I found out there on the web from Chuck Gallozzi.
What if we recognize the importance of passion but somehow lack it? What can we do to nurture it? Well, recognizing its importance is the first step. Other steps you can take follow.
1. Take responsibility. The only bad hand you have been dealt in life was dealt by you. From today, "Don't do things half-assed," says Hugh Young, "If a thing is worth doing at all, it's worth doing as well as you can possibly do it. Pick out something you think is worthwhile and do it or work at it with passion. Do it with all your might."
2. You find what you look for. Instead of looking for the bad in your job or situation, look for the good. Look for the opportunities. Search for the solutions. Look for the way.
3. Make a plan. Once you've found some opportunities and solutions, make a plan of action. What should you avoid doing and what should you start doing now?
4. Make a decision. Now that you have a plan, decide to act on it. Set deadlines and start following your new road map to success. Enjoy the ride.
5. Stoke the fire of passion. To keep passion's fire burning brightly, review the day's events in the evening. Monitor your progress. Relish your achievements and learn from your mistakes.
6. Don't douse the flames. You want to ignite your life with passion, but be careful of burnout. Work hard, but schedule breaks, leisure, entertainment, and family time. Don't forget to reward yourself occasionally.
7. Recharge your batteries. Make time for the gym, sports, long walks, or meditation to relieve stress, refresh you spirit, and renew your energy.
8. "Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself." (Henry Miller)
9. Take brief "awareness breaks" throughout the day to remind yourself of the joy of being alive.
10. Avoid negative people and associate with enthusiastic people.
11. Share your zest for life with others. Brighten up their day. Their warm response will reinforce your passion.
12. Take "vitamins for the mind." That is read or listen to motivational material to keep the flames burning.
© Chuck Gallozzi
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