Living Thinking: Developing Clarity in a Time of Significant Change

with Michael D’Aleo

The capacity to truly think for one’s self is never more apparent than when inner or outer changes require us to see what is really happening and to make new choices. Present uncertainties may inculcate fear, but they can also create the conditions for each of us to more deeply claim the capacity for greater clarity in perception, thought, and the ways we live. Gaining clarity about our own thinking activity becomes the key to more deeply understanding the view of another outlook and discerning it as either a different aspect of truth or something more limited in perspective.

Classes will focus on three central themes:

  • Improving the ability to rid ourselves of preconceptions and to more carefully note the perceptive activity happening within and around us
  • Developing a clearer and more conscious understanding of the relation between the activities of perceiving and thinking
  • Understanding how claiming one’s own perceiving and thinking activity results in a greater sense of confidence and the seed for a truly social way of being.

Through a series of observational exercises in rich, natural environments, group discussions, short readings, and inner reflections, the path to clarity will become apparent. The week’s goal is to begin a process that can be strengthened and practiced long beyond the last day of the course.

Themes from the morning discussions will be further deepened during the afternoon sessions through metal work in copper or silver, during which all participants will craft something for themselves.

Michael D’Aleo left a career in engineering to become an upper grades class teacher before helping to found the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, where he taught physics. Co-author of Sensible Physics Teaching: a guide for teaching physics in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, Michael is Director of Research at the Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute (SENSRI) and lead teacher of a widely-traveled course entitled “Teaching Sensible Science.” Michael has worked with teachers and students around the world focusing on the direct knowledge that arises when we pay attention to the perceptive activity always present around us. He has more recently authored the book, Embracing Materialism and Letting it Go and a book of poetry titled, What is Being Asked of You. He is also a core faculty member each summer at the Center for Anthroposophy’s Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program.

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