Experiencing the Art of Being and the Science of Doing
Along with improving academic, social, and emotional growth, the
techniques in this book will help children fully use their creativity while
developing critical-thinking skills. Many of the techniques, such as
the breathing and relaxation techniques, will also help you as an adult
learner. I’ve found that these techniques improve mental focus and
As I developed these techniques with children and educators, I had
the pleasure of meeting many fabulous teachers and hearing many
heartwarming stories of struggle and triumph involving the techniques.
While most of the stories were about children and their successes, I
sometimes heard stories about how the techniques helped adults in
personal ways. Teachers have shared how the breathing, relaxation, and
music techniques have helped them handle situations in calm and effec-
tive ways. One Head Start teacher shared the following:
I had been to my doctor, and my blood pressure reading was
152/92. After the workshop, I began using the relaxation and
breathing techniques almost daily. At my last doctor appoint-
ment, my blood pressure was 132/90. My doctor was happy
with this and asked what I’d been doing. I explained about the
breathing and relaxation techniques. His advice was to keep
doing it! I’m still practicing, and it has helped me “get my mind
right” for being the best teacher I can be.
As I developed and practiced the techniques, and as my own growth
began to align more closely with my potential, I began to think in
terms of being and doing. Simply put, being is our ability to live in the
moment and commit all our energy to whatever we are focused on.
When we are comfortable with being, then doing can happen—ideally
with a sense of light and joy. Our ability to do is made possible from
our ability to be. I call these the art of being and the science of doing.
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