In the last post I described an Empathic Seminar about the "N-Word". In this post, I'll debrief the experience and address some common questions. What happened in the "N-Word" exercise? We created a constellation of the system by identifying three points in the system: "Black Person," "White Person," and "N-word". Three people stood in the center of the… Continue reading Debriefing the Field Test
In today's post, you will read about an Empathic Seminar I introduced at a school in Bronx, NY. This is a firsthand account of the Fourth Key to Unlocking Your Empathic Intelligence: Field Testing. I further debrief this exercise in my final post. “I want to know why my students use the N-word with each other.… Continue reading The Fourth Key: Field Testing
"The idea is to pay attention to the living world as if it were a spider’s web: when you touch one part, the whole web responds."- Robin Wall Kimmerer, Interviewed by The Sun Magazine While many of us understand intellectually that we are, of course, part of an interconnected web, the dominant approach to teaching… Continue reading The Third Key: Systems Thinking
When I learned mindfulness meditation, there was a word that one of my teachers used to describe the experience of witnessing the chattering activity going on in your brain: waterfall. I loved that they had a description for that moment when you discover the endless stream - or great rushing river - of thoughts and… Continue reading The Second Key: The Felt Sense
When I was a high school teacher, I was very concerned with internal motivation: I wanted my students to be internally motivated to agree to the choices I was giving them! At the time, I didn't see the irony. In fact, I saw myself as a progressive, compassionate teacher. A "cool" teacher. I placed my… Continue reading The First Key: Motivation & Intention
Empathic intelligence is cultivated as a practice, much like meditation. In this way, it becomes an accessible and accurate tool for insight.
Image: http://www.auslanstageleft.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/roman_sermon_base.jpg When I first met Jamaal Bowman, educator, leader, and founding principal of the respected Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School in the Bronx, I was fortunate to have a long conversation with him explaining my work as a facilitator of "Expanded Knowing." Fortunate for two reasons: first, because he allowed me the… Continue reading Empathic Intelligence: Your Untapped Jedi Power
Like the Felt Sense described in the previous video, The Flow of Attention is natural and innate. Mastery of the Flow of Attention is one of the keys to developing your intuition. In this video, I describe three ways to play with the flow of attention, and lead you in a guided meditation. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/Dzl0yblbU2w
Episode 2 of The Knowing Revolution! In this episode: The exquisite intelligence of your cells - the product of 4 billion years of evolution. Your loudmouth brain, and what we can learn when we ignore it. And how mastering the language of your body's Felt Sense is the first step to expanded knowing. https://youtu.be/Skc2rYl82lo
I am so pleased to announce my new YouTube Channel: The Knowing Revolution! The channel is designed for educators who want to bring more joy and engagement into their learning environments through empowered, expanded knowing! I will be providing instruction in expanded knowing, and interviewing people who inspire me. Check out Episode 1: Intuition and… Continue reading The Knowing Revolution!