Our last day of class in “Service, Society, and the Sacred.”
“Everywhere people ask: ‘What can I actually do?’ The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: We can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order.”
-E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful, p. 297
“The testimony of the greatest humans who have ever lived is that the way to make the most of ourselves is by transcending ourselves… When you transcend yourself, the fact will be confirmed by the quality of your life. We will attain – even if only momentarily – a transparency and a radiance of being which results from living both within and beyond yourself. This is the promise and the excitement of self-understanding.”
-Don Richard Riso, co-author of Personality Types and the Wisdom of the Enneagram
The near absence of research on secular, school-based spirituality programs in youth reflects the general shortage of those types of interventions. This is an explorative time for spirituality….
– Cobb, McClintock & Miller, p. 253 in Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Meditation and Well-Being
Is it possible to customize – or, to use the educational term, differentiate – something as nebulous and abstract as psychospiritual growth? In my “Service, Society, and the Sacred” class over the last month, I have been attempting to do just that through the application of a personality typing device called the Enneagram to students’ spiritual practices. Every semester students come away with very positive experiences using this combination of study of the Enneagram with a spiritual practices project to help them become better versions of themselves.
In this entry, I first set the stage by describing the context of this unit of study. Second, I share the overall student self-reported results for the unit. Finally, I allow the students to speak for themselves about their experience. Overall, this blog entry attempts to take anecdotes that I often hear about these topics and put them into a more organized format to demonstrate the impact that such a curriculum may have on students. Continue reading