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The Second Key: The Felt Sense

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

Empathic Intelligence In Practice, What is Empathic Intelligence?

The First Key: Motivation & Intention

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

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Politics, Emotions and Intelligence

This afternoon, I was consoling my son who was crying after getting a jab in the eye, when I heard another parent say to their son, "there will be no crying on the playground today!" Years ago, as a freshly minted teenager in 1984, I remember the criticism voiced around dining room tables when Geraldine… Continue reading Politics, Emotions and Intelligence

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Knowledge is power – and I’m not sharing it!

"...I feel like education is a way of keeping knowledge from the students. That it’s used to teach them how to be powerless, how to lose their power." This past November, I was an organizer and presenter for the 2015 North American Systemic Constellations Conference. I focused my presentation on the Expanded Knowing Project - my topic: “Education, Justice… Continue reading Knowledge is power – and I’m not sharing it!

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From Meaningless to Meaning-Full: How I Used Body-Centered Inquiry to Understand the Life of Sacagawea.

(Most scholars pronounce her name, given to her by the Hidatsa tribe, with a hard g: Sah-KAH-gah-WEE-ah) A year ago, my young daughter and I signed up to see an all-Native production of Sacagawea, Bird Woman. Knowing little about her beyond a few basic facts and her image on the dollar coin, we decided to do a… Continue reading From Meaningless to Meaning-Full: How I Used Body-Centered Inquiry to Understand the Life of Sacagawea.