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A Pondering Mind

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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. Simple message but hard to accept.

  2. Mindfulness /meditation is so simple it seems disregarded. To just be, mindfully means to let go of the “Ego’s” grasp and be present.

    Most of the benefits of mindfulness are subtle, simple and hidden, not cognitively relevant.

    I share with my daughter the idea that “who am I, has no subject. It means nothing to her. It is not an intellectual property. You have to sit for a while and experience the organic spirit share that you are fine to know.

    How many viewers will do anything, take an action, have this important sentence become real in someone’s life?

    • Simplicity and complexity are entangled. We easily overlook the obvious and disregard it even when it sits in front of us in the open. When we sit quietly and allow stillness to seek us out, that is scary, we find peace and we just become with the universe.

      • It is the balance then
        Left prefrontal cortex positive emotions or right prefrontal cortex negative emotions

        It is mind calm using the breath or the mind racing, under stress, in crisis

        It is now or then

        Mushashi would say you need to know complexities to understand simplicity

        To know what exist is to also know what does not exist, the void

      • It sounds similar Jacques Derrida who basically said that for presence to exist suggests absence.

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