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It’s love that builds community

It does take love to build a community. It takes someone giving directives to build a team. They are so different and yet often confused.
I am on my way to Spokane over the next 24 hours so I am not sure about tending my blog for the next few days as I travel and settle into a different routine.

A life itself

love builds communityWhen we participate in a spiritual or healing practice, we become one with the source of abiding and ever-present love.

We share, co-create and sustain a safe place where compassion and wholeness can be nurtured for ourselves and others.

Participating in a spiritual practice is like lovingly tending to your plot in a community garden. Initially, the immediate benefit is personal. As the flowers and plants in your plot are nourished and receive regular care, the scraggly shoots thicken and unfurl abundant new leaves and buds.

Eventually, the other community gardeners take notice of your beautiful flowers or vegetables, and are inspired to spend more time weeding, watering and caring for their own plot. One or two may even kindly pull a few weeds in a neighboring plot to offer support for someone who was not able to make it over to the garden that week.

As more of the…

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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.

7 responses »

  1. Disruption to routines are to be expected in any new transition in life. I wish you a good journey.

  2. Great post! I also believe that it’s love that helps build a community. In the education world, love also helps our students grow and learn. It helps us solve problems between students, staff and administration. Reason, along with love are powerful tools to teachers.

  3. Reblogged this on So You Think You Can Teach ESL? and commented:
    I like the title of this blog, “Teacher as Transformer”. I think that’s what we are, in a sense. We help our students to grow as people as they learn about math, science, language, history, music, art, and whatever else.


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