Contemplative Practices in Teacher Education
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2005
Pages: 42 - 48
Source ID: shanti-sources-81691
Collection: Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education
Abstract: The article informs that contemplation is a form of self-learning that helps students deal with the stresses of life and makes teaching a joy and delight. One important reason for requiring meditation is that it can be a form of self-learning. Students are introduced to six different types of meditation which include meditation on the breath, loving-kindness (sending thoughts of peace and wellness to self and others), mantra, movement (e.g., walking), visualization, and contemplation on poetry or sacred texts. The small sample findings and case studies indicate that contemplation and spiritual practices can be offered in a non-dogmatic way in public institutions and deepen the educational experience.