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Enchanted Chanting: Experiencing Peace and Purity in the High School Classroom

Introduction Is it possible to give my stressed out students an undeniable experience of inner peace in a group setting? This thought motivated my recent experiment to bring chanting into an elective religion course that I teach at HKIS called … Continue reading

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Wisdom’s Wager: Quiver Like A Bead of Mercury

McEwan Hall at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland What is the spiritual life all about at its core? Growing up in a conservative Christian household, I knew the answer: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Believing … Continue reading

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Deep Without and Deep Within: Curricular Paths for Expansion of Student Consciousness

Jonathan, Nicole, and Matthea proudly advertize the Humanities II in Action course at the high school academic marketplace in February. These three worked for many months to propose and ultimately pass a Humanities II in Action curriculum, creating a second … Continue reading

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Waking Up to the Vertical Dimension: Initial Student Reflections on “Spiritual Explorations”

One of the first meetings of the new “Spiritual Explorations” team in spring, 2017. This entry shares the new SPEX curriculum that emerged from our collective work, the first unit that we have just completed, and an analysis of students’ … Continue reading

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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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