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I posted the wonderful poem Daybreak last night and I was reminded of the need for silence as I wrote. Community members added a rich tapestry about the need for silence and the role it plays in life.

It was pretty quiet today and I felt at peace with where I am at and who I am today. I realized I have not written poetry nearly as much recently and found myself drawn to the words I used last night in the preamble.


A beautiful place,

Just being,

Hear like never before.

Cradled in gentle spaciousness;

Watered, nourished–

Rest in silence’s glow,

The moment embraces.




Stillness welcomes.


I rise,

I grow,

I create.


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.

14 responses »

  1. “Silence…. Hear like never before” ,,,, Nice!

  2. And I appreciate what you create, my friend!

  3. beautiful Ivon! MY GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

  4. You’ve just described me from 4-6 a.m.

  5. This is fabulous. I really enjoyed it. Humbly, i’d like to share my poem on silence with you. You can see at at this link:

    • Thank you. It is a beautiful poem and reminded me of Thomas Merton’s description of violence as the busyness in my life that refuses to let me stop and listen to my heart. To make me whole.

  6. Thank you Ivan. Tomas and I are trying to stop and enter the silence three times a day. We always seem to remember the middle one — right after lunch. The morning one goes right by us sometimes. If we remember the morning “stop” then we usually forget the evening time. But two out of three ain’t bad and every once in awhile, we have a day with “three stops.” Each time we come back from the silence, we marvel at how wonderful we feel. I love Gandhi’s saying: “When I am busy, I meditate an hour a day. When I am very busy,
    I meditate three hours a day.”
    Not there yet but it is a worthy goal. Many blessings,Alia


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