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Spacious Sanctuary

I will break for Christmas tomorrow (Saturday) and return December 27, 2012. It is an extended Sabbath. I find a few days away from the digital world creates a quieter space. I began to think about this even though I will post one more time before the break. I looked in a bit today and realized there is a need to replenish the spiritual and creative elements.

I step away–

Ease into a low-tech space;

Sense stillness–

Eyes unsquare,

Fewer fidgets

A mindful practice

Just be.

I rest–

Embrace wakefulness

Emerge from frenetic hibernation,

I run yet stand still–

Deplete the spirit

Rediscover lightness,

A spacious sanctuary.

About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

33 responses »

  1. Excellent idea. Happy rejuvenating.

  2. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    I have another star over here for you I had forgotten you probably finished your award already


  3. I feel the same way too, Ivon. I often take a break to restore my spirit. It’s so easy to get lost in internetting. My motto is “Use it, but don’t lose yourself in it.” Enjoy the break, and thank you for the wonderful words of wisdom that you share here. It is greatly appreciated. Bless you and have a wonderfully peaceful and joyous Christmastime.

  4. Enjoy, recharge, all the best.

  5. Enjoy your holiday, Ivon! Peace.

  6. Have a great break Ivon! I look forward to reading you in the new year!

  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Fare thee well.

    I wish you the rejuvenation you need. I really hope you have a good Christmas 🙂


  8. I do hope that you do not mind, but I have nominated you for the Blog Of The Year Award 2012. I know you have already received it many times, and I do hope you will accept. But there is no obligation, other than to enjoy the nomination! Well done! Please come and see your nomination on my blog!

  9. yes, that sounds just right… an analogic Christmas. Wishing the best to you and yours. Have a wonderful holiday.

  10. Thank you for visiting my site. 🙂

  11. Having breaks does work, I was away for a month because of business commitments, but I am now back blogging with my creative batteries restored.

  12. Glad you came by. Thanks for following. Your blog sings.


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