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Fear or Love: Meditation, Motivation and the Golden Tipping Point

Dear students, I frequently ask you to do spiritual practices in my religion classes and, regardless of the motive, most of you seem to benefit.  But in this entry, I’d like to turn the spotlight on the question of motivation … Continue reading

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Cultivating Heartfulness: A Practice to Develop Inner Awareness

Dear Students, Perhaps the most common truism taught about the spiritual life is the need to journey from the head to the heart. The ancient wisdom traditions of the world teach with one voice that we need to re-awaken the … Continue reading

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Introducing the Wisdom Way of Teaching: Educating for Social Conscience and Inner Awakening in the High School Classroom

This entry, written as an introduction for a future book, explores how the yin-yang symbol offers a model for the integration of service learning and spiritual practices in school curricula. Such an approach is needed to meet the deep needs … Continue reading

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Saving Starfish: In Search of Genuine Service in a Chinese Orphanage

A picture of Andrea (on left) at Xiqiao Mountain during the China Orphanage Trip Introduction Every year in the Humanities I in Action class I take students to two nearby orphanages in southern China for an experience with taking care … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Meditation Five Years On: A Personal Reflection

Richard and Suzanne Friedericks and myself traveled to Assisi, Italy five years ago to do a spiritual retreat with our teacher Cynthia Bourgeault. Looking back on that time, I can now recognize the significant turning point in my life that … Continue reading

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Education’s Most Needed Reform: An Orientation to the Universe

This stunning image of the Buddha from the Golden Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka communicates the truth that spiritual growth is often associated with luminosity –  which I experienced, strangely enough, when grading my final World Religions papers earlier this … Continue reading

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Homage to An Inner Voice: Remembering Pelle Andersson

Introduction It was one of the last Friday afternoons of the school year in June and I was relieved to put another one in the books, marking the countdown to summer holidays – and that’s when the email arrived. The … Continue reading

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