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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Lost

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Lost.

Dialogue is a flow of language which requires listening. Listening is the often overlooked component of dialogue. Without listening, the flow is broken. It is not that we do not listen; however we listen to answer, to correct, to defend, etc. meaning the flow is broken. When we just listen, the silence speaks volumes and the flow remains in tact.

Listening is not limited to human-to-human listening. It extends outwards to other sentient beings and non-sentient phenomena. When I listen, the wind speaks as it rustles leaves, blows through leafless branches, and across the mountain’s sheer rock face. Even the wind, has nuanced voices telling me something and guiding me in life. The wind asks questions which call me to explore and seek the next question.

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

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  1. Thank you on behalf of Daylight Tune Ministry to follow our ministry blog. May our poetry bless your hearts and minds 🙂

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  2. Hi Ivon,

    This has been on my mind a lot recently as I become more aware of my own contribution to the lack of space and increase of noise in conversations that I participate in.

    Last weekend, when watching a documentary on Jung, which featured many old film clips of Jung speaking, or being interviewed, I was deeply struck by how much space there was in his speech. I find myself wondering if we moderns are losing the art of conversation? Are we so desperate, lonely and cut off from each other that when we speak, we know longer hear?

    Thank you for mentioning this!
    Debra

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