When I have a little more time (ironic!) I’ll post a reflection on Dr Adam Fraser’s book ‘The Third Space’. It is a wonderful look at how we can be more present in all of our roles.
For the moment, consider this idea below and a youtube summary of his work.
As I began to write this post my colleagues and I were trying to coax a collection of rather excited Year 1/2 students to succumb to sleep at their school sleepover. The seeming impossible achieved, the cool night air and quiet of the deserted schoolyard provides welcome respite.
I was blessed this year to have two pieces published in the Dialogue Australasia Journal – a publication of a wonderful organisation in this region which seeks to promote respectful, innovative, engaging and rigorous religious studies programs in schools across denominations and religions. The first of these articles you can find here and the most recent (and catalyst for this post) can be downloaded here.
The topic is contemplative spirituality in schools – one I have been journeying with for some time now. I have shared a great deal of this before and the article summarises the material I have been presenting at workshops over the last year or two.
As I say at the beginning of every workshop I give, ‘I’m terrible at stillness and silence but I know it is worthwhile.’ I’m not sure where to next. Moving into leadership of a primary school brings new priorities but the long weeks and stressful days reinforce the need for practices that assist my own wellbeing in order to support the wellbeing of my staff and students. Let’s see what happens.
Stealing contemplative moments with students – article in pdf form.
I had a chance on the weekend to speak at a conference for cross cultural workers at Victor Harbor in South Australia. It was a great time to catch up with old friends and share a passion of mine with some busy people.
I know that the majority of people involved with social justice work are busy – the work is great and the workers are few. I know that contemplation, meditation and stillness are very helpful tools to help people stay on an even keel.
I stand in admiration for those of us that can maintain a daily regime of this stuff – I wish I was like that but sadly I’m not. So these tools I offer to those who want to try. Not every technique will work for everyone but I hope there is something in there for all of us.
IGWA contemplation service – slides and resource links