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

Valin S. Jordan


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.


mindfulness; contemplative practice; self-reflection; oppression

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