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Abbie Wellington

abbiewellington@selfdesign.org

Abbie has been working with people in a variety of fields, including education with preschool children and for the past ten plus years as an educational consultant with an alternative distributed learning center; and in the past working with adults as a life skills facilitator.

Not only is she a traveler in life, visiting many countries and cultures, but also a lover of life experiences, especially those that make a connection between her inner and outer worlds. As such, as one of the members of the first cohort of SDGI learners, she naturally explored her own experiences in India with Awareness through the Body and continues to, and graduated with her MA in 2017. As a life-long learner, she continues to immerse herself in learning from a very experiential perspective!

Thesis Abstract

“Bang-bang-rattle-bing-bang gonna make my noise all day!” This well known phrase from Mortimer, a 1985 Robert Munsch children’s book, brings to mind two things. First, the noises created daily by internal voices. Second, the busy world we live in, amplified by external noises, activity, and constant busyness! As a result, the combination of both the inner and outer noises can in reality cover-up an ability to be aware of the here and now, as well as the inner awareness of something beyond.

As a woman and educator, and in consultation with my own human nature which is practical, intra-personal and interested in self evaluation, self actualization, and spiritual/existential matters, a natural fit for a thesis inquiry was the investigation of ‘my own presence’ and ‘connection to inner and outer’, especially through a process of living the inquiry. Using qualitative Narrative Research, as the methodological vehicle for the journey, the goal was to explore how Awareness through the Body (ATB) and self reflection could facilitate my own self-awareness and what the implications were of this knowing or seeing of self.

The journey into self and ‘my own evolving being’ with use of an experiential model, became an integration of data from field notes, pictures, and reflections on observations. Specifically, research was conducted while located in Canada and in India while at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Chennai and New Delhi; and Auroville, a United Nations sanctioned intentional community which has the goal of unity of consciousness.

Through the self study, I came to understand that I was living the narrative that I wrote, and continue to do so. The concept of ‘re-storying’ with Narrative Inquiry is to make better sense of the experiences through the ‘living, telling, and retelling’. In the midst of the process, the ability to learn to master attention with conscious choice was at the forefront.

As a result of both ‘living and writing’ about the inquiry, I’ve experienced shifts and changes in my own awareness. I find myself in a state of increased receptivity in which to better listen to the varied inputs that come into my space. As well, the journey has enabled parts of ‘my being’ to be awakened. Overall, the journey to become present to choices, and hold space to stop, focus, and bask in an ‘internal fire’ has given reference to being rekindled, like ‘I sat in that fire before’.

Degree


M.A. Program

Graduation Date


B.A., The University of British Columbia – Okanagan, 2006

B.Ed., The University of British Columbia – Okanagan, 2008

Location


Bellingham, Washington

Language


English

Thesis


Abbie Wellington Thesis