When every cell of my body knows that an opportunity is part of my life’s purpose I am learning to listen, trust, and flow with it.
Gratefully I am learning this because the Universe wants me to be a lunch lady?!
When I learned that a Waldorf based charter school was being established in Salt Lake City every cell in my body lit up, a clear signal that I should look into it.
Waldorf….when did I first hear about this philosophy and way of educating children? Was it in college perhaps? Regardless, I know that when I learned of it then, I thought, ‘wow, that is THE way to educate….’. And then I stopped thinking about it because this style of education did not exist in Utah, and regardless – I was not a parent yet.
I attended an information meeting for Wasatch Charter School a few months ago and found myself enthralled with the founder and director of the school. A mother of 3, an educator, and a woman with conviction. She is creating this school for her children, primarily, because she believes the Waldorf way is the best way, and because Waldorf did not yet exist in a Utah school – she created it. What?! Really?! Who does that!?
Her presentation captivated me primarily because she opened it with talking about the breath; how when we stop breathing optimally we stop learning holistically, and because our society moves so quickly we stop breathing optimally at a very young age.
I know this in myself. I have written about my concern over my stunted breathing patterns. I have spent the past 7 years sincerely unraveling everything about myself that was creating conflict in order to breathe better.
And in this 7 year process I have learned a lot about myself, primarily how disconnected I had become from the wholeness of me.
So – at age almost 40 I am feeling more comfortable in my skin than ever before, and it has been a huge, uncomfortable process to get here.
The Waldorf philosophy honors the wholeness of a child – believing they are spiritual and soulful beings that should be holistically respected while being educated.
“The heart of the Waldorf method is the conviction that education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and will must be reached as well as his mind.” — Rudolf Steiner
I get to be the lunch lady at Wasatch Charter School because becoming staff was the only way to guarantee that my girls get in.
When I learned about the school the classrooms for the lower grades were already full — Charlotte’s waitlist number was 46. Logically I knew that her chances of getting into the 3rd grade were next to none, and because of the schools popularity it was very unlikely that enough slots would open as the years go by.
Because I knew – I could feel it – that my girls belonged at Wasatch Charter School, I pursued every avenue I could think of to get them in. And, becoming “staff” was the ticket.
Beyond this – I can also feel that my true purpose in life is unfolding, and this new venture is in complete support of it.
I am being vulnerable and honest when I admit this here – I feel that the past 7 years of my life, the struggles, epiphanies, and immense personal growth have prepared me for this next chapter in my life.
I get to be part of a team that prepares nutritious food for children and educators, at a freshly constructed school that houses an educational philosophy that is completely inline with what I know in every cell of my body:
To live optimally and joyfully we must be breathing fully while honoring our connection with Source and valuing one another as unique human beings with gifts to give and receive from each other.
We must slow down and engage with one another and our learning experiences in an embodied way.
Our mind, heart, and soul must be aligned and equally honored while being educated.
And we need a like minded community to share this with.
I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity for my family. The most challenging piece of parenthood for me has been the lack of community, the village, that is dedicated to raising and educating children in a more sacred way.
It took me 40 years to get back to a place within myself that I feel Waldorf education validates more than anything else in education — We are unique, purposeful, spiritual and soulful beings with a lot to give and receive here on earth. Our purpose can be boxed in or allowed to thrive. It can be supported or stunted. It can be praised or rejected. It can be highlighted or muted. It can be creative or conformed. It can be genuine and authentic or made to fit the social norm…..
My girls get the opportunity to be educated in a way that will allow them to thrive without needing to regain their breath prior to doing so.
What a gift.
Thank you Universe.
And thank you to those dedicated individuals who are creating this opportunity.
This next chapter in life is significant, I can feel it. Gratefully – I am authentically ready to show up fully for it. I plan on being one super-cool lunch lady!