Francis Parker School teacher Laurence Darmalingom-Hoover would like to spread the message of self-compassion as we head into summer break. She recently recorded a meditation focused on nurturing self-compassion, which is the foundation for extending compassion and kindness to others. Use this link to practice this meditation. Laurence recommends giving yourself a full 10 minutes for the practice.   

Laurence would like to start her seasonal mindfulness message to the community with a quote by the Buddha:

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

For her summer break, Laurence looks forward to Professional Development opportunities. She has plans to take an online course in Mindfulness, SEL (Social Emotional Learning), and Yoga. It is a training offered by Breathe For Change and created by educators for educators. The six-week summer program is sponsored by Francis Parker School. “I am very grateful for this opportunity,” Laurence said. 

The training will allow Laurence to become a certified yoga instructor and a Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator. She will deepen her knowledge and expand her expertise in order to better attend to the needs of her students, colleagues, and the community.

If you enjoy listening to Podcasts, Laurence highly recommends the Ten Percent Happier podcast hosted by Dan Harris. If you have some time, please listen to this episode about The Science of Self-Compassion

“Practicing self-compassion is a necessity. In my Grade 6 foundation class, we have been discussing the importance of self-compassion as the foundation for fostering healthy relationships and nurturing kindness within our communities. In a world that constantly demands perfection and hustle, self-compassion allows us to embrace our imperfections and recognize our worth. By treating ourselves with the same kindness and understanding we offer to others, we build a solid base for emotional resilience and mental well-being. This, in turn, empowers us to extend genuine compassion and empathy to those around us. Happy Summer!”


Warm Regards, Laurence Darmalingom-Hoover