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The Panther

I had a great day today. The beauty of mindfulness is I am learning that good and not so good pass and flow into another moment. I waited more than 1/2 of my life, I hope, to learn this lesson. The day was long, but sharing tea and conversation at the end completed it so fully.

Today, as I reflected on yesterday’s ‘trials’ I recalled Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem, The Panther. I felt like that yesterday. When I let go, I felt so much better; I no longer pacing behind bars.

From seeing the bars, his seeing is so exhausted

that it no longer holds anything anymore.

To him the world is bars, a hundred thousand

bars, and behind the bars, nothing.

The lithe swinging of that rhythmical easy stride

which circles down to the tiniest hub

is like a dance of energy around a point

in which a great will stands stunned and numb.

Only at times the curtains of the pupil rise

without a second … then a shape enters,

slips through the tightened silence of the shoulders,

reaches the heart, and dies.

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.

21 responses »

  1. Ivon, that is a very beautiful and deep piece you share. Awesome and thank you!

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  2. Love Rilke. I think you have an important contribution to make to our educational system. It needs your insight.

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  3. This is a powerful piece that you shared here Ivon, really touching.

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  4. Once in a great while we read something that bypasses the brain and goes straight to the heart. well narrated. Beautiful. Nice post.

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  5. Beautiful from start to finish

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  6. I just love Rilke. Anywhere, anytime.

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  7. “The beauty of mindfulness is I am learning that good and not so good pass and flow into another moment.” That is so beautiful and such a great place to be!

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