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About martinschmidtinasia

I have served as a humanities teacher at Hong Kong International School since 1990, teaching history, English, and religion courses. Since the mid-1990's I have also come to assume responsibility for many of the school's service learning initiatives. My position also included human care ministry with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Hong Kong, southern China, and others parts of Asia from 1999-2014. Bringing my affluent students into contact with people served by the LCMS in Asia has proved to be beneficial to students and our community partners alike. Through these experience I have become committed to social conscience education, which gives students the opportunity to find their place in society in the context of challenging global realities.

Exploring the Vertical Dimension: Creating a Wisdom Path for 21st Century Students

 Several years ago one of my art students, Sam, felt stuck in her creativity, and as evidence of her malaise, she showed me recent pieces that were awkward, angular, and angry. Two weeks later after doing a regular meditation practice, … Continue reading

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In Search of a Larger Self: Combining the Enneagram with Spiritual Practices in SSS

A happy group of “Service, Society, and the Sacred” students on the last day of class I keep getting this feeling – if I can humbly state so – that I’ve found a reliable path to facilitate students’ psychospiritual growth!

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“Sit in Your Cell and It Will Teach You Everything:” Supporting Student Well-Being During COVID-19

But when the music stops and the storm comes as it has, and so much of that which we relied upon has fallen out from beneath our feet, we are left with what we have cultivated inside our own heart, … Continue reading

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Release, Receive, and Return: Using Labyrinth-Inspired Spiritual Practices during the Coronavirus Crisis

Introduction We are beginning week three of “virtual school” during the coronavirus crisis in Hong Kong. Using the online platform “Zoom,” we are teaching our classes at their scheduled times through our laptops. While technologically this is certainly far better … Continue reading

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The Path to Loving Consciousness: The Univocal Message of Three Wisdom Traditions

Introduction It seems behind a shadow of a doubt to me that a person engaged in the spiritual dimension of life lives a happier, healthier, and more meaningful life than someone operating within the material paradigm only. And so it … Continue reading

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Individualizing Psychospiritual Growth: Matching Enneagram Types with Spiritual Practices

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 … Continue reading

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The Courage to Deal with Negative Emotions: A Welcoming Prayer Approach

Cynthia teaching at Lake Cowichan’s  “Luminous Wisdom” Wisdom School in April, 2019 Introduction One of the most impactful teachings I’ve come across recently is David Hawkins’ map of consciousness, which assigns energy values to various negative (low scores) and positive … Continue reading

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What is Awakening? An Energetic Christian Perspective

“The Kingdom of Heaven is really a metaphor for a state of consciousness; it is not a place you go to, but a place you come from. It is a whole new way of looking at the world, a transformed … Continue reading

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The Struggle to Make Sense of Moral Relativism at an Elite School

My students’ apathetic response to a clip from the movie “The Corporation” about a day trader’s enthusiastic response to the devastation of 911 and the invasion of Iraq in 1991 prompted inner soul searching about the efficacy of teaching elite … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect: A Missing Piece in Teaching for Purpose

Introduction Most of us would probably agree that gaining a life purpose is among the most important ingredients of a life well-lived. It appears so fundamental to personal fulfilment and social progress that it seems imperative that we teach about … Continue reading

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