restricted access Academics of the Heart: Reconnecting the Scientific Mind with the Spirit's Artistry

Arguing that higher education research has become disconnected and fragmented, this paper presents a model, Academics of the Heart, that seeks to connect the intellect with the spirit. The model, based on the ancient wisdom of the Mayas and the Aztecs, views research as a relationship-centered process, honors diverse ways of knowing, and employs contemplative practice to connect the inner and outer nature of knowledge.