a still point

“We do not learn from experience…
we learn from reflecting on experience”
John Dewey

kindle flames began out of a desire to reflect on my learning journey as I was studying and teaching. As I continued to teach, and study, and travel, my musings reflected my altering experiences. Posts about the places I’ve been, and the things I’ve seen began creeping in more and more frequently. In light of this, I created a still point as a place to contemplate my travels and curate my personal musings.

a still point is a reference to The Four Quartets, one of my favourite poems by T.S. Eliot.

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.

I’m not arrogant enough to suppose that I’ve found “the still point of the turning world”
but I do seek at least still point, a place from where I can be present, quiet, contemplative, introspective, and meditative… because

Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

So kindle flames will remain a place where I reflect on teaching and learning and seek to live out the adage that teaching should not be filling a bucket but kindling a flame.

And a still point will become a place where I reflect on travelling
and never “cease from exploration”.

If you enjoyed my travel posts, please join me at a still point.
I look forward to seeing you there.

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