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What the Soul Needs Now

Rumi’s poetry shines through the centuries with continuing wisdom. When we take time and while over the things emerging and appearing in the quietness of each moment, we gain so much more. Nature offers so much for us to consider. It is a place of warming, of continuous change, dancing, and mystery. It is not a mystery to solve but a mystery to live.


One Human Gesture

You have a source inside you, a cool spring that sometimes stops flowing, frozen

or clogged with silt. A voice says, ” Consider the situation more deeply, my friend.”

Such advice is not idle. It is immediate  companionship with a soul artist like David,

who works iron until it melts and he can shape it. Spirit is the art of making what’s

blocked start moving again. When your body dies, give it to the death angel,

Israfil. If your heart feels numb and metallic, walk out into the sun, or whatever

the mystery is that makes your inner spring well up. There was once a sage who felt

this flow moving inside him. As he walked the garden that

was being restored with

spring water, he gave names to aspects of the vital dance he was doing: the animal’s

hungry agility and the connoisseur’s intelligent choice.


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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. The theme of quietness, the mind below the cognitive engine, the ego seems to be part of the basis for Zen Buddhism, awakening, happiness.
    It extends at least 2500 years ago.
    The other partner to quietness is the speed of the mind. A mind racing has lost awareness,

    The quiet slow breath, activates the parasympathetic nervous system, dissipating cortisol and making that quiet special.
    When fear or anxiety visit us the mind goes fast, avoids.

  2. Some of your posts get me thinking,

    If we are angry, afraid, anxious, impatient, the mind is racing and it is not quiet.
    It is chaotic and over shadows even nature if left untrained

  3. To live life is the purpose and joy of life. To solve the question of life is a desire of man. To be created gives purpose to life. To have evolved is just being here in our time with little meaning except our moment in time as time is our destiny. With a Creator we are loved forever, where purpose is derived and life takes on value as we embrace all we have! Oh how beautiful this Universe, the animals, the plants and yes man. To embrace what is around us and not man’s focused desires is to live with true love of life.

    Another great post Ivon! Thanks.


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