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Throw Yourself Like Seed

I spent a good part of the afternoon writing based on a book by Ralph Siu, The Tao of Science. I wrote and broadened the scope to include the Tao of Technology and the Tao of Learning or Education. I grabbed a couple of other books because words like communion and humility came up in relationship to leadership. I refer to Educating for Humanity a lot. and it is one of my most well-used books. An article had this beautiful poem about life`s abundance by Miguel de Unamuno. The way (the Tao) I look at life and my perception is one which is life-giving or not. I think this holds in terms of my interactions with other beings. Life is not separated into fragments but lived wholly and fully with reverence.

Shake off this sadness, and recover your spirit;

sluggish you will never see the wheel of fate

that brushes your heel as it turns by,

the man who wants to live is the man in whom life is abundant.

Now your are only giving food to that final pain

which is slowly winding you in the nets of death,

but to live is to work, and the only thing which lasts

is work; start again to turn to the work.

Throw yourself like seed as you walk, and into your own field,

don`t turn your face that would be turn to it to death,

and do not let the past weight upon your motion.

Leave what`s alive in the furrow, what`s dead in yourself,

for life does not move in the same as a group of clouds;

from your work you will be able to gather yourself.


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.

15 responses »

  1. I love the combination of “Shake off your sadness” and “recover your spirit”, alluding to the fact that when we wallow in sadness we have lost something true. Nice post! Thank you! Appreciate insights about the Tao!

  2. Excellent article!
    All the best.

  3. I read your post three times, and each time it became more meaningful. I hope you don’t mind if I print, so I may keep as a reference.


  4. Thank you for the inspiring post, Ivon!

  5. Self work is the most difficult but the most satisfying if one embraces it. Thank you.

    • I agree. It takes time and patience which many of us do seem to have. It also takes humility.

      • To look at our flaws and areas that need weeding and watering is no small task indeed. To see ourselves as a whole being, the good and the not so good takes great courage. But then to discover … Truly discover that we can have a change of mind for the better and consequently change everything we encounter as a result, that is powerful motivation to look at the ugly in oneself and strive to truly change it.

  6. our own field- takes time to name & claim it. I think the seed of that willingness is in everyone, just waiting.


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