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A Mindful Moment

A Mindful Moment.

The link is to a post that is both simple and deeply moving. Meditate comes from the root which means to measure. This measuring is not about applying a number and is about the qualities of what is being observed. In this case, a candle flame.

Prayer comes from the word meaning obey. We can only obey when we listen deeply and find those quiet moments where silence appears speaking to us in its fullness.

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. Well chosen pair of words … and a great idea to have us stop on reflect on them. It is a great reminder as to what we ‘mean’ or imply when we use these words. I for one had forgotten the etymology of “prayer” and this provides me a better understanding of the importance of ritualistic prayer in some religions where obedience is more ‘the way.’ Thank you for the thoughtful moment ….

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  2. You’re right. Thanks for sharing, Ivon.

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  3. your blog continually inspires 🙂

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  4. Great post! I didn’t know prayer came from obey but the word ‘obey’ has been a theme for me as of late. Interesting!

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  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    SOUNDS GOOD.

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  6. Great post thankyou. Meditation and Prayer are our gifts to understand life.
    Karen

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