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What the Soul Needs Now

What the Soul Needs Now.

Rumi‘s poetry shines down through the centuries and provides insight in troubled times. When we are unsure and do not seem to hear the small voice inside of us, find an even deeper stillness and listen more closely. The voice is still there, being drowned out by distractions.

It is in the quiet and stillness we find the courage deep in our hearts and souls. When we do, we speak and act in right ways.


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. Rumi has some very wise and inspirational writings!

  2. so Ivon, when do words, as poetry cross over from a cognitive sentence to creative entity.

    poetry is supposedly the only words that are like a painting or piece of art.

    you have spoken of the reanimation and the pauses between words, this correlates to the pauses between inhale and exhale, without thought.

    from a neuroscience stance, words and thought are left brained, art or creative endeavors are right brained.

    what constitutes words becoming art or poetry, I guess i am trying to understand?

    • Words can only be expressed and become poetry in contrast with the silence. The space represents something vital to the word. There is a pause between the intake and the outtake.

      The word interest comes from interesse which connects with essence and between. Our essence is captured incompletely in words hence the silence between.

      • Interesting, The pauses and as our caregivers always said, pay attention!

        In some way I believe it connects to imagery also, which is more from the creative side.

        Memories are stored as visuals that we fill in the blanks, the pauses or spaces.
        So the pauses make poetry more melodic, as a great song.

      • We are visual beings, but also sensual and sensuous beings. We fill in the blanks incompletely. There is always a paradox in remembering. Remembering is always incomplete.

        I like your analogy to music. I am not a musician, but have been told by musicians that the pauses make the music richer.

      • . We fill in the blanks incompletely. There is always a paradox in remembering. Remembering is always incomplete.
        This is wonderful, So this give credence to letting that incomplete memory alone in lieu of being present.
        Or at least discounting memories as guiding light or emotional compass.
        Does the paradox of we all do not know our fate, what lies beyond the next bend, no matter our powers, status, financial largesse, strike you as being incomplete also, at all times in our life?

      • Your second paragraph speaks to one of the necessities of life, letting go and being present.

  3. Exactly what I needed to read today. 🙂

  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    That’s a very good message for times like these; quiet is restorative. ❤


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