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Understanding Love Is The Key To Making It Last

Mindful Relating

10/24/2018

Knowing how love is born or knowing how any emotion is created in us is important because it is a crucial part of knowing ourselves. It is knowing how we work. Knowing ourselves better makes it possible for us to know others better, and thus to have a more fulfilling and equitable relationship. It makes it more possible, when all that passion or confusion rises in us, to know what to do with it and what it means. This why mindfulness can be so helpful.   Interview by Lesli Doares, web talk radio show: Happily Ever After Is Just The Beginning


Against the Grain: Mindful Pedagogy

KPFA

1/17/2017

Much of middle school and high school education is mind-numbing, with students being taught to the test, based on a rigid curriculum that elevates breadth over depth and memorization over critical inquiry. How might it be done differently? Educator Ira Rabois spent almost three decades teaching secondary students at an alternative public school. He discusses an approach to pedagogy that emphasizes compassion and Socratic questioning.


Out of Bounds

With Tish Perlman

1/15/2017

An interview of Ira Rabois by Tish Pearlman, on the NPR show Out of Bounds, about teaching critical thinking with meditation, empathy and emotional awareness.


Out of Bounds

Interview with Tish Perlman

11/29/2014

An interview of Ira Rabois by Tish Pearlman, on the NPR show Out of Bounds, about teaching critical thinking with meditation, empathy and emotional awareness.


Against the Grain

The Radical Philosophy of Alternative Public Education

6/16/2014

An interview of Ira by Sasha Lilley, on Pacifica Radio’s Against The Grain, about alternative education and the state of education in the U. S. today.


Recent Published Writing

12/2/2018

Using Mindfulness and Imagination In Teaching the Story From Day One

In my class The Story From Day One, I combined the written myth with mindfulness and imagination practices to increase engagement and access more depth of meaning. We often teach myths as merely literature, divorced from the cultural, spiritual, and historical context. But we pay a price for this approach. It limits the depth of meaning students can derive from their study. Combine this with the narrow focus on the now that social media can foster, and students easily feel isolated on an island of self, cut off not only from their contemporaries, but from a sense of the continuity of life. They have little grasp of how their lives today emerge from yesterday. Mindfulness practices can help change that.          
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11/24/2018

The Most Important Lesson I Learned In College Was The Value of Friendship

One benefit of going to college is making life-long contacts and friends. By getting to know people in such depth the quality of our lives is improved. Friends become supports and mirrors enabling us to see ourselves more clearly, and to act with more understanding in the world. We can’t allow this role of college to be undermined.  
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11/5/2018

The Boy Who Thought He Was The Messiah

As a child, I thought of the Messiah as a liberator or savior from injustice. "I was in the third grade when I first thought I might be the Messiah. This was back in the fifties and I was attending one of those elementary schools in Queens, New York that had no name, only a number, PS 46 or 192 or 238. It was the usual type of building, red brick with bars on the windows."   Published by Heart and Humanity magazine.
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10/28/2018

Ending The Politics Of Hate Begins With Us, In The Voting Booth

"...When I hear about T’s actions and statements, I feel they themselves are a form of terrorism. His statements and tweets are designed to frighten, to gain submission, to bully—to lock people into their homes or nail his opposition, nail all those not consumed by hate and greed, into coffins."   Published by The Good Men Project.
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10/12/2018

It Only Takes One Good Moment

We need to choose intimacy with the world. We need to choose to grow more powerful and aware. We need to choose occasions to pause, take a breath and look, to be mindful.   Published by The Good Men Project
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10/12/2018

Teaching The Story From Day One

Myths reveal the art of world creation. We need to teach students in ways that help them better understand these worlds, their own connection to the past, and possibilities for a future. That help them better understand the depths of their own mind and what it means to be human. Such an education turns the classroom into a portal through which wonder can enter their lives, and ours. Published by ImaginEd website.
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10/2/2018

Does the Core of the GOP Care At All About Democracy?

I can’t remember a time or an election that has more meaning than this upcoming one. Last week, the faux hearings on Judge Kavanaugh made this abundantly clear. We will be voting soon not only to elect representatives to Congress but to save and hopefully expand democracy. We will be voting to save our rights and the very idea that the government should serve the people of the nation, not just the rich and the politicians.   Syndicated by The Good Men Project.
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9/23/2018

A Mindful Use of Digital Media

How difficult is it nowadays to engage students in a deep discussion? Or if you’re a parent, how difficult is it to engage the whole family in a talk? Published by mindful teachers.org
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9/16/2018

To Keep Love Alive, Know How Love Is Born

"[B]y being emotionally present with another person, all of life can become present and alive for us. By seeing and feeling others for who they are, we find ourselves." Published by The Good Men Project.
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9/3/2018

Stories From the Borderline of Hate and Suspicion

[W]ho do we want to be? Someone who uses hate to divide and kill? Or someone who cares enough to help save the lives of strangers even in defiance of neighbors? Do we want a community weakened by suspicion or one strengthened by a sense of shared humanity? This is our choice.    Story/Personal essay published by Heart and Humanity magazine.
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8/28/2018

Beginning The School Year —or Anything—With Mindfulness and Compassion

There is nothing like a beginning. Imagine a beginning from your past. First meeting someone. Building your own home. Starting on a vacation. Doing something new, unknown, exciting, scary yet filled with promise.

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8/12/2018

Mindful Teachers: Mindful Listening in a Noisy World

When you openly study your own mind, openness becomes the quality of your thinking, and the world reveals itself with more clarity and depth.
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8/5/2018

The Moment That Is Summer

"...[S]ummer is not just a time to let go, relax, and prepare for a new year. It is a time to sit with a particular moment and invest in the only sure investment you can ever have—into your mind and heart and how they (or it) reveal the world to you."   Published by The Good Men Project.
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7/16/2018

The Haunting Truth of A Lie

I think we all know this. When we are less than honest we are more than likely to be haunted by it. But there is so much discussion today about lying, so many lies fill the headlines, we might stop looking at how our own lies affect us.   Published by The Good Men Project
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6/25/2018

The Power of Tenderness

"Tenderness is nourished by and nourishes presence. ...In this time of aggressive self-deception, personal attack and narcissism, it might seem foolish to talk about tenderness. How can tenderness compete with bitterness, cruelty and selfishness? ...But I must say this. I never feel stronger than when I feel tender. I never feel more alive and worthwhile. And I think this is exactly what many of us in the world need right now." Published by Good Men Project.
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6/11/2018

Wish for A Storm of Mass Insight

"Can’t these fears for the leaves and trees and the roof over my head transform into storms of mass insight, compassion, and outrage?" Published by The Good Men Project.
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5/13/2018

On Mother's Day: Remembering Those Who Have Loved Us

Published by The Good Men Project.
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4/28/2018

The Meaning of Vulnerability: When we allow ourselves to feel the delicacy of a moment, then joy and love become not only possible, but also probable.

Published by The Good Men Project
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3/27/2018

Madness, Immorality, or Greed? Facing the Hard Truth of Trump’s Presidency

Published by OTV.
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3/8/2018

Compassion Develops The Strength To Reach Even To Our Enemies—Sometimes

Published by The Good Men Project.
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3/8/2018

Mindful Listening: Only If You Listen Can You Hear

Published by mindfulteachers.org.
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3/4/2018

Mindful Listening: Only If You Listen Can You Hear

Published by mindfulteachers.org
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3/4/2018

Politics of Gun Violence and Fear

Published by Archetype In Action
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2/22/2018

Using Mindful Questioning to Enhance Academic Learning (An Interview)

An interview of me by Catharine Hannay of mindfulteachers.org.
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2/12/2018

A World of Differing Perspectives

An original story of mine published by Sunlight Press.
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2/7/2018

“A government of the people, by the people [and] for the people…”

Published by Bad Ass Teachers blogspot.
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2/6/2018

"Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy, and Socratic Questioning Can Transform Teaching"

A review by MindfulTeachers.org
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12/29/2017

BATs Blogspot: Teaching When Mr. T is in the Room: Questioning the World of False Facts and Quick Intolerance

http://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2017/12/teaching-when-mr-t-is-in-room.html
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10/22/2017

OTV Literary Magazine: My Roommate Was A Totem

Fears, even primal ones, can be faced. Doing so, with a soft appreciation even for one’s own limitations, allows us to look at the world more directly, face to face, and thus perceive it with more clarity and brightness.
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10/10/2017

Archetype In Action: Especially Today, We Need to Study History

"Without studying history, my understanding not only of what once was but what might be, or of how political and social structures have changed and will continue to change, would be constricted. And, thus, my belief in and ability to engage in political action would be constricted." http://archetypeinaction.com/index.php/en/more-tools-to-change-society/44-literature/4826-especially-today-we-need-to-study-history
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10/10/2017

Bad Ass Teachers Blogspot: Especially Today, We Need to Study History

https://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2017/10/especially-today-we-need-to-study.html
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10/10/2017

Good Men Project: Why Teach? Why Do Anything?

After a day of teaching is over, you don’t have to find other ways to make the world a better place—you do it daily. ...Focusing on helping others is very different from focusing on how much money you can earn or how you can stand out. It changes how you view your own life. Standing out is isolating; helping is connecting. With the former, you feel bad if you aren’t at or near the top. With the latter, you can feel good about what you do even if no one, except for an occasional parent or student, recognizes it. https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/why-teach-why-do-anything-lbkr/
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9/5/2017

Bad Ass Teachers Blogspot: Living and Teaching In This Age of Anxiety and Threat

What children will learn from today's political situation is more dependent on the understanding, creativity, and empathy shown by a teacher's response, by all of our responses, than by the situation itself. Your response educates the child in what is possible, in what it means to be a human being.
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8/24/2017

Bad Ass Teachers Blogspot: How Do We Begin The School Year, Or Anything, As Skillfully As Possible

There is nothing like a beginning.
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8/23/2017

Teaching and Living Spiritually Blogspot: Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy and Socratic Questioning Can Transform Teaching

What happens inside a person when they’re compassionate? What does critical thinking mean to you?
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8/15/2017

Archetype in Action: Coming of Age

In this moment in history, it is clear the Emperor has no clothes. His greed, and the greed of those other Republicans around him, his destructiveness, and total lust for power even at the expense of everyone else, even at the expense of the nation, even at the expense of the world’s environment, is there for everyone to see.
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7/31/2017

Elephant Journal: Seven Billion Humans, A Meditation

7 Billion Humans, a Meditation: Skin is a Boundary that makes Touch Possible.
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7/10/2017

OTV Magazine: The Most Important Lesson

One of the most important lessons a good teacher teaches, beyond the subject matter, is how to live a moment or a year of moments.
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6/27/2017

Good Men Project: Thoughts on a Gloomy Day: Hoping to Hear He’s Been Impeached

Life before Trump felt relatively predictable to many people. No more. He has awakened us to the fundamentally unpredictable and unknowable nature of reality.
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6/24/2017

Archetype in Action: The Power That Liberates vs. The Power That Corrupts

Two articles in the recent Scientific American Mind (May/June, 2017), when read together, provide an extremely relevant, even fascinating insight into the situation in the world today. One is on the psychological effects of power on the powerful. The other is on self-compassion.
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5/4/2017

Good Men Project: Re-Thinking Retirement

What does it mean to retire besides leaving your job? What do you do when you don’t have to do anything?
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4/26/2017

ImaginEd: The Place Of Wildness And Wonder In Critical Thinking

What is critical thinking? One element of critical thinking that most everyone agrees on is “higher order thinking,” which includes evaluating the appropriateness of evidence, the truth of propositions, and the soundness of arguments. But is this enough?
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4/6/2017

ImaginEd: Education As Adventure

“As a child, I dreamed of being an adventurer.”
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4/5/2017

Good Men Project: Why are You Wearing a Tie?

“Is wearing a tie a superficial act, a remnant of classist symbolism—or something else?”
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3/21/2017

Archetype In Action: To Write Well, Write Truthfully

How do you write well? On the surface, it seems writing is about language, which to a large extent it is. But from my point of view, it really is about the mind and body that writes. It is about being truthful and real.
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2/21/2017

Archetype In Action: An Open Mind: Mindful Awareness and Thinking Clearly

By shifting attention to what was there in my own mind and body, and being open to it, my mind became the state of openness. The result was both calm and insight.
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1/20/2017

Archetype In Action: Those Who Lie to Create Fear vs Those Who Face Even Death to Reveal the Lie.

As the inauguration nears, or as any feared event draws near, what do you do?
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11/24/2016

Dreaming of a New Movement

Fighting the ideas of Mr. Trump
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11/9/2016

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

How would you define “compassionate critical thinking,” and how did you use it in the classroom?
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10/21/2016

The Methods of a Teacher: Local educator emphasizes compassion

Retired teacher Ira Rabois clearly loved being in the classroom, learning from his students as he taught. For 27 years, he taught English and history, as well as psychology, karate and drama at the Lehman Alternative Community School. A long-time student of meditation, he began teaching mindfulness practices to his students as well.
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9/27/2016

Q&A with Ira Rabois

In his new book, Ira demonstrates how to use mindfulness with instructional effectiveness to increase student participation and decrease classroom stress, and it turns the act of teaching into a transformational practice.
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9/18/2016

Archetype in Action: putting archetype to work for the good of society.

Anxiety and Critical Thinking: Helping Students Deal With Anxiety Will Help Them Learn to Think More Critically and Clearly.
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4/17/2016

The Good Men Project

How Is Awareness A Strength? The World Needs More, Not Less, Awareness
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12/15/2015

The Good Men Project

The Relationship of All Humans
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11/28/2015

Musings On A School

Where “Dreams Are Born”
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