Einstein had a wonderful way with words mixing spiritual and intellectual. When we look deeply into nature, we see ourselves embedded in nature and begin to sense more deeply what it means to live.
Posted on July 4, 2014 by ivonprefontaine
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About ivonprefontaineIn 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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Combine the wisdom of nature and peer inward to discover the whole universe, me and you.
Nature helps us understand us, our relationship with the world.
This certainly coincides with my current activity. I recently wrote a piece on the lowly caterpillar and his journey of metamorphosis to the form of a beautiful butterfly comparing its change of form to that of the Christian who also begins life in the same form as the caterpillar as an egg. The caterpillar’s path of transformation conforms to the criteria placed within it by his creator (is this also called DNA?) which is controlled automatically by his genetics whereas with man, God prefers that the transformation be by choice. I refer, of course, to the spiritual change. There are differences, mainly the mind and ability to reason for man, which could be at least part of the reason he has to choose. My new book is titled From Faith to Faith which pinpoints the necessity of spiritual growth in life that is pleasing to the Father. Thanks for the quote. I had never come across it.
You are welcome Marie and thank you for a wonderful (wonder filled comment).