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Mindful Attitude

I read three articles this weekend and Father Richard Rohr’s daily meditation this morning. I found a clear message in each source and this message has slowly been revealed. Sabbath is a necessary part of my life and I slowly discover its purpose in a mindful attitude. It is in life lived mindfully I obtain a radical unity with my self, creation, neighbor, enemy, and always with God, step by step.

A mindful attitude–

Seek to choose well

Blend fiery passion

With compassion’s loving kindness.

Let life’s fruit mature;

Ripen deeply

Nurture life’s fully.

A spiritual banquet nourishes

Deepest meanings revealed

I Respond to life’s bounty.

Assume responsibility

For one’s self

For each other.

Welcome the world


With childlike wonder

Become one;

Become whole

Transform the self.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

6 responses »

  1. optimisticgladness

    This is beautifully written. What do you mean about transform the self?

    • ivonprefontaine

      I see transform as being a one moment at a time process. This is a recent understanding after reading the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Merton, and others. I was caught up in the idea I could change the world without changing me. The me change is far slower, but more worthwhile because it shines outwards and I hope casts a new light on the world I create.

      To transform, I must be present in each moment.

      Thank you for a great question. It allowed me to pause and give more consideration to my words and the choices I made with them.

  2. Lovely thoughts, Ivon. May we have the wisdom to blend our characteristics and qualities in the ways you describe in your poem!


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