In case you've ever wondered if we actually read your responses to our event evaluation surveys--we sure do!
I recently sent out such a survey to the participants of the 2014 Contemplative Practice in Higher Education workshop (at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY--save the date for the 2015 workshop
). When asked how the workshop may have affected their fall semester, four respondents replied that it gave them courage
, and/or a sense of permission
: "The main contribution of the workshop was to give me the courage of implementing in the classroom what I had been doing on a personal level for a long time...."
Caroline Barratt reported that she recently received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Essex. On the award application, she had described her growing interest in, and application of, contemplative pedagogy: "...[my application] was described as 'bold and compelling' by the assessors... I did not have the knowledge or the confidence to write that type of teaching philosophy prior to the workshop."
Responses like Caroline's (congratulations, by the way!), in turn, give me
courage and confidence to deepen the work of CMind and the ACMHE, to do what I can to offer "bold and compelling" resources and inspiration to support the transformation of higher education.
I do believe that radical change is possible as long as we face the unknown and move forward together, supported by our commitment to accessible and meaningful higher education, our vision of a just and compassionate society, and our community--our caring for each other. Contemplative practices, in their many forms
, empower this commitment and help us stay connected to our sources of meaning and inspiration.
I hope to cross paths with you this year, in person or online. Tune in to our free webinars and save the dates for our 2015 events, including the 7th annual Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education conference, which will be held October 8-11 at Howard University in Washington, DC.
With wishes for a New Year of peace and courage,
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society