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At the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit

We do not leave separate from the world and universe. We are firmly embedded in and it is in language we create separation. Not only are we embedded in the universe. It is embedded in us. We close our eyes and find ourselves.

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“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the Universe and all its powers, and that at the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”

~Black Elk

Tao & Zen

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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. Indian culture seems eerily similar to Zen Buddhism and a mindful relationship with our planet.

    Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist, had a stroke, which shut down her left hemisphere of her mind over a four hour period.

    She was going back and forth left to right, calamity to euphoria.

    When she stepped into the shower she commented she could not tell where the wall stopped and her arm began. Our connection is not visible but there.

    Most awakened beings also have shared we are connected to the inanimate things also.

    Also when she went to her Rolodex for an phone number, it was pixels.

    No words, judgment, sentences on the creative right hemisphere, below conscious, the ego.

    When thought fades natures connection appears more vividly

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    • Many indigenous cultures share a lot with Eastern philosophies and mindfulness. They do not see themselves living apart from the world. Having said this, Western philosophies accepted the same principles until about 350 years ago at the beginning of the ironically named Enlightenment. I think many of us are trying to find our way back to those days prior to the Enlightenment.

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