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Stillness Speaks…

Stillness Speaks….

The link contains beautiful quotes and photographs about stillness. When we stand in the solitude and peacefulness that Nature provides, it speaks to us. Quieting our self and the busyness even for a few minutes brings into the deepest relationships we can have with Others and the world.

When we become participants in the world and listen closely to what it says, we are offered sanctuary in the quietness and stillness that shelters us. The stillness provides a sense of community we long for. We become linked religiously with the world in all its forms.


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. I think a lot about stillness, in my role as a group therapist and as a human being. Thank you for this post and for the link today.

  2. I love being in stillness but now seems hard

  3. I think stillness is a lost art. So many people feel the need to be connected through technology I feel they are missing the truth that is around them. Unplug and be still:-)

  4. Such a beautiful (and forever timely) reminder. Thank-you.

  5. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post, and for your wise words, Ivon!

  6. It has to be stillness with a purpose, I think. Just the absence of talking and even noise is not enough to cement good relationships. However, I do love stillness, and spend a gret deal of time in it. 🙂

    • I agree that purpose has to be there. What I have found is that sometimes purpose reveals itself in the stillness. There have been times I have realized something that I had not set out specifically to explore and it was relevant to the moment.

      • I have found that, too. I have even found that to be more true when I spend time with someone, for example during an interview or appointment often is much deeper or veers from the reason I thought, and networks into so much more. In other words a face to face visit incorporates some of that stillness. Something sparks something unexpected that comes from the visit, serendipitously. I don’t know if I explained that very well, but purpose is a good place to start, but it’s never as linear as we think it is. 🙂

      • You did a great job with a very non-linear concept. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, it is a good idea to pause, take a breath, and allow the next thought to come to mind. It is hard, but worthwhile.

  7. I love this one. I think most of us under estimate the thought of stillness. The scripture “Be still and know that I am God” is one of my favorites and one of the most difficult to achieve.

  8. Beautiful post and share♥
    Thank you for sharing your light and for dropping by my site with your warmth and for following, too. 🙂
    Do take care and stay awesome, too


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