Journal of Contemplative Inquiry


Through an autobiographical recount, this essay explores the meditation practice of eye-gazing as a way to create understanding about the self and the Other. Eye-gazing is described as a contemplative practice that individuals can use not only to be self-reflective but to sit with discomfort as a way to begin cultivating compassion and understanding for individuals. Within this essay, a definition of eye-gazing is provided alongside theoretical understandings of its implications for the PK-12 classroom space and broader sociopolitical context.