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I Live NOW!

We think of mindfulness and presence as being a non-Western way of thinking. Both have played a substantial role in our western culture as is evidenced by the this Emerson quote.

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With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I live now

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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.

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  1. Of course Emerson would get it so spot on, thank you for sharing!

  2. My future, if and as it unfolds will be influenced by today and my now will become my past, others of which have had bearing on today. Now I am writing this response and mindful of my last; hoping to be positive in the next that I have intention to write. Yet that same mind, far from full is fully appreciative of right here, right now. Wherever, whenever and for whoever that may be. 🙂

  3. This is a very challenging quotation for me. I do not see life as such neat segments, more a unity than linear sequence.

    • I tend to see the present as the coming together of the past and the stepping into the future. It is always hard to do that with a quote, but I think reading Emerson more broadly suggested he would have agreed with your point. Thank you for the great comment.

  4. Very nice!


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