As a teacher, I tend to take too much to heart, obsessing on everything that happens in the classroom and allowing my emotions to control me. Through practicing with Ms. Bean, I have found mindfulness to be a powerful tool for my own self-care. It’s not about just clearing my mind. It’s about intentionally and systematically peeling back the mental layers of how I want to feel and replacing them with the awareness of what is happening in the present. Now, I start class feeling much less anxious.