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Practicing the Art of Zen

Susan Auld wrote this informative poem about life’s busyness in the digital age. Time challenges me daily and it is hard to keep pace and leave comments that are deep enough to celebrate the wonderful blogs I follow.

I try living in the moment as the poem suggests. This is a great challenge, but the idea is meditation is the practice we need for life to be lived fully. It is in life that we need to be present. As I rise from the meditation, I hope to do so with a clearer mind and catch a glimpse, now and then, of the rose opening. Even an occasional glimpse rewards me with the universe’s miracles.

 

how can I be in the present

when I need two hands to twitter and tweet

when world events are everywhere all the time

above   below   under   inside   outside

slithering through

ear buds   flat screens   cell phones

and I miss the exact second the rose

opens its red lips or the dramatic entrance

of the lilac’s perfume as it catches a ride

on the back of a spring breeze

and floats through my open window

how can I listen   to my breath

move    in   move   out   move   in   move out

through the rumbles of cement trucks

bells and whistles of garbage trucks

siren songs   ring tones   doorbells

computer music and twitches

how can I possibly be

in the moment

when the world is so

in my face

in my ears

in my rooms

in my yard

swallowing this

moment and

the next and next and next…

how in this world do I let go

of all the cacophonous chaos

practice     practice    practice

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.

25 responses »

  1. This reminds me, the honeysuckle buds are getting ready to pop open. I need to be outside on my back steps breathing in this aroma as I look up at the stars and dream. Thank you!

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  2. Beautiful Ivon, thanks.

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  3. I liked this very much, Ivon! Good reminder! Practice zen and try to put aside technology and the noises around you!

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  4. Excellent Ivon, thanks a lot for this! Jenny

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  7. Reblogged this on aksharaalu – Best Collections and commented:
    cacophonous chaos

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  8. cacophonous chaos…………….beautifully narrated plights of digital life
    with regards

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  9. This is amazing, and I’ve saved it so I can print it off. It is worth remembering. Thank you for sharing this Ivon. It’s wonderful. Blessings, Gina

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  10. Excellent poem! And makes such a good point! :)

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  11. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    *sigh* I’ve been working on my Zen also and this puts me in a good place. ;)

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  12. I love this poem. I think I need to print it out and put it where I’ll read it daily!

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  13. Imagine how our students feel. They were born into this tweeting twittering world and know nothing else. I feel that our next movement needs to be toward teaching our young ones to slow down and appreciate nature and silence. The world would be a better place……. Love how the poem captures today’s culture!

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    • I agree with the idea we need to find ways to help our children and grandchildren slow down and unshackle themselves. Thank you for great insight into the challenges our students face today, largely without knowing they exist.

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  14. oh, this so captures how i feel! thank you for sharing. aleya

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