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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

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.

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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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