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I spent a weekend a couple of years ago at a weekend retreat. There was some talking allowed, but it was generally not much more than a whisper. At the end I was surprised to hear my voice and how loud it sounded to me at that moment. The silence of the weekend showed me, as Simon suggests here, that stillness is a space where our soul opens up. That message is central to the writing of Parker Palmer and Thomas Merton. It seems at odds with the busyness and cacophony of our early 21st Century. Each morning I spend time in our small chapel meditating. It began with a struggle to achieve 30 minutes. Now, I walk out and realize I was there closer to an hour most days. Silence is an exquisite space to begin my day.


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.

8 responses »

  1. When I was traveling I would generally travel by myself. To leave the radio off, or put on soft music as the plane made its way in the sky’s became a reflection time that allowed time for my subconscious mind to unscater my thoughts. This where my book Deceptive Influences was born. Time to reflect is as a time to sleep to our bodies.
    Thanks again

  2. Professions for PEACE

    Beautiful share Ivon, and thank you for your wise introduction. Yes I love how time flies (or becomes irrelevant) as I enter mediation. Thank you also for introducing Simon Marsh.
    Blessings, Gina

  3. Great Post.
    If there is no stillness,
    there is no silence.
    If there is no silence,
    there is no insight.
    If there is no insight,
    there is no clarity.

  4. Your words that :::

    stillness is a space where our soul opens up.
    Silence is an exquisite space to begin

    are very well said.


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