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Gentle Rain

I wind down the week and head into Sabbath. It is odd to say and write those words, because I have celebrated Sabbath since my arrival at Bainsbridge. When I come to a courage retreat, I enter into a covenant, at least with myself, that I slow down, talk less, and listen more deeply to others and myself. The great thing is this is the norm here. Time is purposely and purposefully set aside to share in small groups, listen and be fully present for each other, reflect in our  corners, and find our way back to the joyful circle of kindred spirits. It is unlike any other conference, workshop, or training I take. The focus is on opening up creative space and that requires different being present. It is a space of vulnerability and solidarity, of coming together to find ourselves coming home.

I meditated this morning and sat inside the main hall. It was raining which I understand is often the case in Seattle at this time of the year.

We sat inside the drum;

A small group

I heard rain overhead

Its song reverent

A gentle tap on the roof

Occasional increases in tempo

More rhythm in that fresh moment.

Perhaps, as gusts of wind shake trees–

Fresh dreams

Break us free from reverie

Together, we embark

Explorers

Perhaps, even pirates.

From golden hearts

Gentle invitations sent

And received.

Whatever, each chooses;

Wherever, each walks;

Remember–

We do it together

Joyously, in community

We carry a little of each other on this journey.

Last year, after the sudden and tragic passing of a young woman we met several years ago, I recounted a Buddhist understanding passed on by Senryu Suzuki and Thich Nhat Hanh. Each person we greet on life’s journey leaves an indelible imprint on us. We only need to stand or sit quietly and listen and like a wind and gentle rain voices are heard again and again in the silence of that moment.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. A beautiful memory and interpretation of the words of two great souls, thank you Ivon- a lovely reminder of them both

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  2. Beautiful poem. I love the lines Occasional increases in tempo

    More rhythm in that fresh moment. I could listen to rain by the hour. My late husband was from Seattle, and it has many dear memories. I will be attending a conference there next month, so I’m looking forward to seeing & hearing the rain, but not walking in it! Nice post.

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  3. I always say this to friends…
    ‘hand in hand..heart to heart..together we’ll make the world a better place…at least within us’

    togetherness indeed brings more joy in life, tremendously vibrates love in our body and soul and makes us think and act positively towards life…

    My hello to you Ivon..I’m here to be another friend…and hope to stay…

    ~ KeY

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  4. A lovely post, Ivon – beautiful words, wonderful memories. Bless you.

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    • Thank you Lizzie. Yes, they are already wonderful memories built within a community that cares for itself and its members. I wonder how we can plant those seeds out there and heal our world.

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  5. Beautiful post, The last part is very moving. Thank you, Ivon!

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  6. Beautiful poem.

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  7. Sweet poetry, I love the rain and could imagine being there, in rainy Seattle. I felt quite peaceful reading this poem, as most of your poems resonates with this theme of peace. As always, thanks for sharing, and hope you didn’t get wet at your conference. :)

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