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Simplicity, Patience, Compassion

Simplicity, Patience, Compassion.

The link is to a short poem written by Lao Tzu. The world is a complex place, but nature operates in simple ways. Because of this, the phenomena we experience and how we experience their essence is not easily revealed.

Being mindful requires patience. It takes time to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. It is there and it speaks to us when we stop and listen with our heart. When we are patient, we can show our gratitude for those things that slip by unnoticed in life’s busyness.

Being patient, begins with showing compassion for ourselves. Without this compassion, we can hardly expect to care for the world, sentient and non-sentient, we continuously encounter. Being patient and compassionate, allows us to be grateful for what we experience, our living.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

14 responses »

  1. Simplicity, patience, compassion. That is such an admirable way to live one’s life. Thanks.

  2. “It takes time to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. ” Right in the nail. Once we do, every single moment is extraordinary. Completely worth the effort invested.

  3. Beautiful quote by Lao Tzu, compassion is a gift to ourselves and others.

  4. Amazing how neuroscience informs us,,this,is the best way to use the mind also. Simple, patient,,compassionate.

    The last sentence does not place a parameter onthe outcome of this moment, it is easy to have gratitude when we think we win,,overcome, enjoy an outcome, it is another thing to be ok with awkward,,harsh or sad.

    This is a door, a place where sit and see things that usually slip by. The more we practice daily to notice, to let go, the more we heal, deepen, find happiness.

    Somehow, Ivon, you can take poetry and arrive at a pure Buddhist space. Very intriguing

  5. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    Ivonprefontaine, we all need reminders of this. We get caught up in the day-to-day activities and it is hard to remember to step back and be simple and compassionate, especially with ourselves.
    Thank you for this. ❤

  6. I really love this post. Awareness take time so that we can see more things (or even see the same thing in the new dimension) to be thankful!

    Keep posting!

    Jade the Mystic


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