The Serendipity of Surrender
Keywords:Contemplative, spiritual journey, Holistic education, graduate
In a hybrid world, contemplative teaching practices have had to adapt, arguably making empathy, reflection, and surrender core teaching values. In an effort to tell an honest story of an educator, this paper traverses through the ebbs and flows of teaching in the unknown. Reflecting on two personal experiences–losing a parent and designing academic programming in the middle of a global pandemic–this paper reflects on the truth of educating during times of pain, grief, transformation, and courage. This paper is told through the intersection of how fortunate accidents can inspire us to surrender and be present in the monumental moments that shape who we are: spiritual beings having a human experience.