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Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. |Rumi .

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. |Rumi ..

I love Sufi poetry. It resonates over the centuries and carries a gentle and peaceful message reminding us of what it means to live in community.

Rumi provides us with sound advice. It is the gentle rain and voice that carries the fullest message. In the mystery and mysticism, we find our way along the path we live. We grow ever more mindful and attentive to each step taken and our senses come alive.


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. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    So do I. My religion is love.

  2. A beautiful reminder to be kind and walk gently on this earth. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    Nurture not crush. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love Rumi, too. Ziggy Marley has a song “Love is My Religion.”

  5. I was born Thunder. But I’ve found that sometimes Thunder can make people sit up and take notice, so that when the soft and gentle rain begins, they will welcome it. We all have our place and a job to do. Thunder is music from the sky, or as my mom used to tell meโ€ฆangels bowling:) Either way, all things are necessary, one is not necessary better than the other. We are who we are and I’m grateful for that.

    • I was born thunder, as well. I am big and loud. People who know me well suggest that it is when I am quiet that I should be asked questions. Thunder and rain intertwine as part of the process of rejuvenation.

  6. It is pleasant, informative, and mysterious…Simply great blog. Thank you.


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