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When I write in my journal, I can use various creative forms. When I stopped for lunch in Priest River, I wrote and poetry emerged. Since I began pausing and taking three breaths each time I wash and dry my hands, I find I pause similarly other times and the calm it brings is beneficial.

Draw a breath in–

Inhale its energy–

Feel inspired–

Bathe in its freshness.

Pause at the peak–

Bask in a new-found glow–

See the world anew–

Be just in that space.

Release that breath–

Exhale its waste–

Let others use it–

Let the world grow.

Let go of that moment–

Be ready for the next ascent–

Look upwards–

Follow breath’s cycle.


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.

25 responses »

  1. Well – that was therapeutic! 🙂

  2. love the idea of creating a habit of 3 breaths to go with various activities–like the poem too

  3. très beau, Yvon… amitiés toulousaines ensoleillées, Mélanie

  4. beautiful!!


  5. Beautiful words straight from the now. With your permission I will repost and share.

  6. Reblogged this on man of words and commented:
    A beautiful path into the now from a gifted friend to all

  7. I really like this post. Thank you Ivon!

  8. Awesome! Saludos desde México. Excelente ejercicio.


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