We continue to share our own thoughts in response to the first prompt (Refer back to The Invitation if you have questions about what we’re doing here).
Deven Wisner shares his thoughts on our first prompt: How will you be more human in your professional practice?
This semester I had the opportunity to engage in a course focused on mindfulness, consciousness, and spirituality. Little did I know, it was actually a continuation of the topics and skills like reflective practice and interpersonal effectiveness. These additions have proven to be even more appropriate as inequity, privilege, and masculinity persist and fester under reactions (or lack thereof) to COVID-19. Everything going on has caused me to ask how I can move from reflecting after-the-fact to being more attuned to what’s going on in the moment.
For me, building a level of self-awareness heightened through mindfulness and consciousness seems like a non-negotiable prerequisite to exploring how I want to show up. It’s reflective, of course, but being present feels like a necessary enhancement. What I’m describing is the ability to name where my biases and assumptions are coming in as they are occurring, what kind of reactions I’m having to them, and where my feelings are originating from. It has the potential to be an internal dialogue but so often it isn’t (I have thoughts on why but those are for another prompt).
I’m showing up with a new level of internal attendance because as I strive to be more human in my work, I have to be open to learning more about the very human things driving how I show up. And, how can I do that if I’m not present for the communication that’s occurring? It will almost definitely require me to acknowledge, own, and work through things I don’t like or that feel uncomfortable, as well as to actively celebrate the understanding of what was previously taken for granted or not fully understood.
I’m eager, yet apprehensive, for this (re)imagined way of being, but I am looking forward to sharing the experience with each of you!