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Not dawdling

Sabbath activities are crossroads where we bump into wonder when we are awake, aware, and attentive. We can walk with clarity and keep a sharp eye. It is in the attentiveness we gain insight, let go, and become enlightened. The wonder is two-fold. It uplifts ordinary acts/events we pass over often and they become extraordinary.  As well, we take time and check those things that are different. It is not in sameness we find freedom. It is in opening up and accepting difference that we free ourselves from impenetrable prejudice, prejudgment.

James Broughton used wonderful metaphors and imagery. In letting go, we become intrepid, bold, and fearless explorers. We cut though strings binding us to the familiar and step towards lucent surprises which are always there, but paradoxically block our vision and hide from us.

A paraphrase of St. Benedict suggests we listen with the ear and see with the eye of our heart. In this we elevate the invisible and unheard in Sabbath moments.

Not dawdling
not doubting
intrepid all the way
walk toward clarity
with sharp eye
With sharpened sword
clear cut the path
to the lucent surprise
of enlightenment
At every crossroad
be prepared to bump into wonder

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. Simply lovely. Thank you.

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  2. The wonder is two-fold. It uplifts ordinary acts/events we pass over often and they become extraordinary. As well, we take time and check those things that are different. It is not in sameness we find freedom. It is in opening up and accepting difference that we free ourselves from impenetrable prejudice, prejudgment.

    Excellent observation, neuroscientist describe our left hemisphere as a computer like cognitive machine. It tries to let us run on auto pilot, detached. It files everything that happens to us, sees an object and then files it away in data banks, next time one of these happens, we will know what to do.
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    This filing system runs our life if we are unaware, dissociated of sorts..
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    It is as Suzuki says, a beginners mind is what we seek. Watch a child experience something for the first time, there is a moment where this object does not fit into any previous filings so we have wonderment, pure awe in a moment of now.
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    Looking below the ego, a non judgmental expansive side exists, expansive as the universe, the difference you speak of.

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  3. Loved this Ivon, thanks.

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  4. At every crossroad
    be prepared to bump into wonder

    Well I hope so. Bumping into a tree or large stone sucks.

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  5. Love this Ivon!
    I try to remind myself to be curious.

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  6. This is truly wonderful. There’s only one thing worse than being stuck in a rut and that is not recognizing it..

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  7. There are so many different sabbaths that each day and every moment could be one.
    Taking the time to be in the present is also another way to learn.

    I enjoyed this post. Thank you for your visits. ~Jules

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    • Thank you Jules. You are right. Any moment we take the time to pause and be in silence is a Sabbath moment. Wayne Muller in his book Sabbath provided a number of pauses and activities that fit Sabbath practice.

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