Blogging on "I, We"-space in the "IT" dimension of cyberspace

Friday, May 28, 2004

Charity Begins At Home

Dedication to God is developed by commitment to one's spiritual practices for God's sake. Service to others is the outgoing movement of the heart prompted by compassion. It neutralizes the deep-rooted tendency to become preoccupied with our own spiritual journey and how we are doing. The habit of service to others is developed by trying to please God in what we do and by exercising compassion for others, beginning with those with whom we live.
- Open Mind, Open Heart by Father Thomas Keating

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

The Abyss

good to see some action here...

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. - Thomas Merton

Integral Education?

Hello ITH!

I have been reading this book that should help me get ready for an exam to obtain permanent certification as a teacher in Texas, since I have an "out-of-the-country certification" and need to get acquainted with the American education system. A few things have called for my attention and resonated with my “Integral Philosophy” so I thought about sharing with you all:
DOMAIN I:
Designing Instruction and Assessment to Promote Student Learning
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Competency 001:
The teacher understands human development processes and applies this knowledge to plan instruction and ongoing assessment that motivate students and are responsive to their developmental characteristics and needs.“This competency relates to the importance of teachers having basic understanding of the principles of human development in its many dimensions: physically, mentally or cognitively, emotionally, and socially. It is also important that teachers appreciate a dynamic and interactive view of human development. Thus, effective teachers must be sensitive to and knowledgeable of both personal characteristics of students and characteristics of their environment.”

So, first domain, first competency… wow, all teachers at yellow? That would be awesome! …Wait, “physically, mentally or cognitively, emotionally and socially” …What about SPIRITUALLY???

Hey guys

Hey all, finally a chance to post so coolmel isn't all alone hehe. I've been busy tryin' to get things in order given my recent unemployment status last week.

I'll try to post when possible and maybe we can come up with different topics to blog on or just whatever each person would like to. I'm open to whatever and look forward to hearing from everyone. Blog on...

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Blogging as Compassionate Artform

Unio Mystica by A. Andrew Gonzalez
Unio Mystica by A. Andrew Gonzalez, originally uploaded by coolmel.
yes, blogging is a compassionate artform. however, i must admit, this practice is not for everyone. it takes guts, ego, sexuality, passion, compassion, insights, and a lot of nonsense to keep up with the practice. but just like any practice, you'll never know whether it sucks or not until you try it yourself. and who knows? if done right, it could even land you a gig in Hollywood.







Monday, May 24, 2004

No One Else But Me

is it just me or is this blogsite not getting any action? i'm starting to get lonely here guys. and i thought that this other blogsite sucks.