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Sweet is the Oneness

I just finished writing the first draft of a short paper on complexity and the teacher’s practice. Much of this is not new. A classroom has the potential to become a community. It is about the needs of each student within a classroom and their personal lived histories. Around that community has the potential to emerge. I cannot plan for it. I can wish for it. Community grows out of the livingness of our lives when we linger on bridges that link us and we while away time in those moments. This is different then when someone chooses a team with a specific goal in mind.

Those are not my thoughts. I added to the thinking of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Max van Manen, David Jardine, and Ted Aoki. I found  complexity is something we have talked about throughout history, yet we it treat like it is new. I looked for a poem that fit my writing. The first poet that appeared was Rumi and he led me to this beautiful poem about the oneness of community.

If ten lamps are in one place,

each differs in form from another;

yet you can’t distinguish whose radiance is whose when you focus on the light.

In the field of spirit there is no division; no individuals exist.

Sweet is the oneness of the Friend with His friends.

Catch hold of spirit.

Help this headstrong self disintegrate;

that beneath it you may discover unity,

like a buried treasure.

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.

10 responses »

  1. Buried treasure indeed. Thank you for sharing some of yours with the world, Ivon.
    Russ

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  2. This post gave me lots to ponder. I like the way you put it “livingness of our lives” – it brings me the thought of being fully present when we “linger on the bridges that link us” – present in the interaction on those bridges, not only in our own lives (which can be a challenge in itself when the headstrong self tends to camouflage the spirit).

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    • Thank you for the beautiful comment. Yes, the ego is something that offers us places to hide from our self. Perhaps, the first bridge is to our own heart. Like you said, “This post gives me lots to ponder” and it has through your comment.

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  3. Hi Ivon, yes this is a very thoughtful poem indeed. Thank you for sharing it.

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  4. Love those last three lines, “Help this headstrong self disintegrate;

    that beneath it you may discover unity,

    like a buried treasure…”!

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