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The Wisdom Way of Knowing and Teaching: Reflections on the Epistemological Foundations of the SPEX Curriculum

A Collective Tea Ceremony Experience Introduction A year ago a group of religion teachers at HKIS began teaching a new series of courses called “Spiritual Explorations” (SPEX) at HKIS, which started with grade 9 students in January, 2018. In a … Continue reading

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“Serving Others Includes Serving Myself:” Final SSS Reflection by Ana Gallagher

The top picture is of Ana (left) and India (right) in grade 9 participating in a flag day to raise money for charity in “Humanities I in Action,” while the bottom picture comes three years later as the two girls … Continue reading

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All You Need is Love: The Body’s Natural Aptitude for Wisdom

Conscious walking and grounding practices in “Service, Society, and the Sacred.” “Helping the human family move toward the next step of human evolution in love is the most urgent and challenging task of contemporary spirituality….God wants creation to become fully … Continue reading

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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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The Essentials of a Curriculum for Self-Understanding: The Body-Mind-Heart Framework in SSS

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” -Aristotle “Whenever your heart space, your mind space, and your body space are all present and accounted for at the same time, you can experience pure presence, a moment of deep inner … 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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“Dealing with the Accuser: Befriending Your Inner Critic” by Sangeeta Bansal and Marty Schmidt

All of us have a running stream of voices that direct critique inwards, which when well-managed can serve us well. However, for many students these voices become far too powerful, leaving them with low self-regard. In this blog entry guest … Continue reading

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