“Can You See Me?” Eye-Gazing: A Meditation Practice for Understanding


  • Valin S. Jordan University of Louisiana at Lafayette


mindfulness, contemplative practice, self-reflection, oppression


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.

Author Biography

Valin S. Jordan, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Valin S. Jordan Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Diversity Education at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Through lenses of Black feminism and critical race theory, Dr. Jordan's work focuses on teacher identity and narrative as having particular implication for classroom practice. Dr. Jordan engages in contemplative pedagogy through the practice of yoga and she has founded an organization called Yoga4SocialJustice. The organization is committed to mind and body connection through engagements of social justice and equity principles. 


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