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Pursue Only Those Things That Capture Your Heart

Pursue Only Those Things That Capture Your Heart.

The wisdom  shared at the post reminded me about a comment made in a class several years ago. A colleague mentioned in ancient Hebrew the concept of catching one’s eye was almost literal. When we see something, it reaches out and takes hold of us in ways that are not explainable in words.

When something goes beyond the eye and finds the heart, it stays with us and we find meaning in that event. When we are mindful and attentive to those things which touch our hearts and catch our eyes, the world lights up and the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

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.

8 responses »

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    What a lovely thought; I like that. 🙂

  2. So very true, Ivon.

    Sometimes I think I’ve wasted 30 years just passing the time, working and spending out-of-work hours in a mindless haze. I worked from pay-day to pay-day (mainly to pay medical bills).

    It wasn’t until I took up Photography in retirement, that I began to see life (through the viewfinder) in a totally different way. Sometimes we ‘look’ at life, but don’t truly ‘see’ the reality of what our eyes show us. It’s not until we find passion in living and go through our daily activities Mindfully, that we have a true appreciation of the miracles unfolding around us.

    I see people in the city and wonder what they’re thinking. I see nature and observe the changing of the seasons. Sure, I always knew whether it was hot or cold outdoors, but I never saw the miraculous details unfolding before me. I had tunnel vision in one sense.

  3. Thank you for this post, very timely for me today.

  4. Basic awareness practice, no?


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