Question: What are your suggestions for managing and working through teaching burn-out?
Answer: Oh I’ve thought about this a lot. I’ve seen it and talked to teachers about it. I’ve come to the conclusion that 3 things lead to burn-out?
1) Teaching too many classes per week, sometimes out of necessity. Everyone has a number of classes they can COMFORTABLY and JOYFULLY teach. Stick to that if possible.
You can always do more on a TEMPORARY basis, but take care of yourself first?
2) Not maintaining a personal practice OR practicing too much, like these 100 day challenges. First, take care of yourself?
3) The most important one I’ve found is not teaching with the dialogue. This by far is the biggest reason teachers burn out. They go in there every day and “make it up.” That requires a tremendous amount of energy. Saying the dialogue is not only a meditation for the student, but also for the teacher.
When you are not feeling your best physically, you can, with little effort, get in there for 90 minutes and say the dialogue and teach a very safe and good class.
?So take care of your students and stick to the dialogue.
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