On Attentive Love in Education: The Case of Courage to Teach

  • Daniel P. ListonEmail author
Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)


In this essay, I explore the thesis that love and attention to inner, other, and outer realms are central to teaching and learning. Many teachers who have the potential to be excellent teachers leave teaching because of the institutional obstacles that contort and distort their loves and their ability to grow them. In the first part of the essay, I focus on Thomas Keating’s contemplative approach and note the role of love as well as sketch the basic outlines of attentive love utilizing the insights of three philosophers: Iris Murdoch, Simone Weil, and Sara Ruddick. In the second part of this essay, I focus on the interaction of love and attention within the Courage to Teach professional development program. I identify and elaborate several contemplative elements, grounded in attentive love, present in Courage renewal work.


Love in teaching Attentive love Contemplation in teaching Center for Courage and Renewal Courage retreats Contemplation and love in teaching Principles of formation Paradox and formation Facilitating Circles of Trust 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA

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