This autoethnographic piece is rooted in the belief that “self” is not bound by the physical body. The writing flows from narrative to poetry and then delves into reflexive and theoretical thinking about life. In essence, the narrative highlights the importance I place on Divine guidance in all aspects of my life and illustrates a moment of clarity inspired by the peaceful presence of a heron. The choice to be still and listen from my heart opened space for consciousness to be, even in the midst of the counterintuitive demands of my doctoral program. I question if academia’s notion of “productivity” and the obsession with doing over being is in alignment with my priorities. The lesson I needed to learn was already present in me and intuition arose because I gave myself permission to know it.
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Summers, Jessica K.
"Heron’s Lesson: A Fusion of Autoethnographic Narrative, Poetry, and Theory Questioning the Fixed Notion of “Self”,"
Journal of Contemplative and Holistic Education: Vol. 1:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/jche/vol1/iss1/2