Practice: Developing observational and attentional skills

Practice: Developing observational and attentional skills

Observation without evaluation “You can learn a lot just by watching” – Yogi Berra What happens when we observe something without evaluating it? The primary way we ‘know’ something is pre-conceptual – it comes before thoughts and ideas. The normal way we process...
The heart of learning: Human presence in education

The heart of learning: Human presence in education

‘Education’ has the potential to take place in any situation where two or more people are meeting, that is, relating. Relationship lies at the heart of what it means to be human and hence what it means to educate. The root ‘educare’ refers to a ‘drawing out’ process...
Servant-leadership: Bringing out the best in others

Servant-leadership: Bringing out the best in others

In Journey to the East Herman Hesse tells the mythical story of a group of men who travel to the east in search of spiritual renewal. Leo is the servant of the group who does the chores for the other travellers but also, through his positive spirit and singing, lifts...
Feelings, meanings, and the inner landscape in education

Feelings, meanings, and the inner landscape in education

We live in an emotionally-phobic society. There is a deep distrust and fear of feeling and emotion, such that this essential aspect of our humanity is largely left out of social, educational and organisational life. When someone asks how you are do you reply honestly?...