Journal of Contemplative Inquiry


This reflection argues for the integration of poetry into our teaching as part of a contemplative orientation to pedagogy. I discuss poetry both as a way of awakening a relationship with truth that lies at the periphery of our awareness and as a form of language that disarms us and opens the way to a robust form of vulnerability and courage. The poem “Living Together” by David Whyte is explored to illustrate the ways poetry invites us to think about teaching as a unique type of apprenticeship, as a call to maturity and love, and as a unique form of ripening. What unites these themes is a clear, committed, and whole-hearted call to engagement and participation with our pedagogy.