Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers
within yourself that you have built against it.
Find peace within yourself and become the kind of person who can live at peace with the whole world.
Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one’s inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together. The entanglements I experience in the classroom are often no more or less than the convolutions of my inner life. Viewed from this angle, teaching holds a mirror to the soul. If I am willing to look in that mirror and not run from what I see, I have a chance to gain self-knowledge- and knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject. Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach