Mark Nepo inspires Michele to fill a journal at the Wake Up Festival.
Mark Nepo is an exceptional poet and inspiring speaker. My fingers were literally sore from writing down “nuggets”! What struck me though, was the framework in which we generated ideas. It worked for me and the other participants and I am looking forward to sharing it with my students.
Here is an example:
- Mark read us one of his poems. Many of his poems can easily be used as a jumping point for children. You could use any poem you love too that opens your heart.
- He then posed a question. He told us “We are not looking to answer the question. The questions provide a way to enter a doorway to our inner self.” For example: “When was a time you did not get what you wanted but things opened up to you in a greater way than you could have imagined?”
- We then wrote for about 5 minutes.
- We found a partner and shared what was coming up to our consciousness after our reflection. We were asked to continue the inquiry but not to read aloud our journal.
- The partner only listened. (This creates safety, intimacy, connection and a non-judgmental space to share.)
- We wrote for a few more minutes.
- We were encouraged to ponder the question at a later date.
- The part that related so much to Happiness and Joy Lessons was the deep intimacy shared between partners. We all shared our vulnerability and our hearts. Children often share a poem in class, but to have a listener share deeply and then only be received by compassionate listening might be a switch to create connections in the classroom that are unimaginable. It imparts the idea of “just like me, another goes through hard time, experiences joy, experiences confusion and loss.” It is the quality of the listening that was so remarkable. Not rushed, but with an opening to greater depth.
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