This week has been one of planning “mindfulness” presentations for audiences of early educators, K-12 teachers, college communities and parents in Vermont, Massachusetts and California. Having heard the Dalai Lama speak at Middlebury College last Friday, I’m reminded of the wisdom traditions of the world and how they might offer tools for navigating this new century. His Holiness spoke of the need for “educating the heart” and creating “secular ethics”.
While religions of the world have provided solace and moral direction, they have also brought conflict, pain and confusion. Meditation, through a calm awareness, has a role in helping us to see more clearly and beyond habits of the mind. Author and educator, Tobin Hart, found through research that “the wise” spent time in the wilderness; sometimes literally in the woods or on a desert, but always in the silent wilderness of their inner being.
In that contemplative way a certain sanctuary is created where one can feel inwardly safe and sure…able to open the heart and develop an ethical compass. Today we are all in such a hurry and there is so much “noise” that wisdom can be difficult to find.
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