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The Ground I Stand On Is Holy

The present is the whole of the past and future that mingle in the recurring present as holy ground — Alfred North Whitehead

Healing Soul Streams

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I do not have to go
To Sacred Places
In far-off lands,
The ground I stand on is holy.

Here, in this little garden
I tend
My pilgrimage ends.

The wild honeybees
The hummingbird moths
The flickering fireflies at dusk
are a microcosm
Of The Universe.
Each seed that grows
Each spade of soil
is full of miracles.

And I toil and sweat
And watch and wonder
And am full of love
Living in place –
In this place
For truth and beauty Dwell here.

~ Mary de La Valette
Photo at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/543668986236840425/

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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.

10 responses »

  1. My garden holds the entire universe. Each flower that blooms is my gift to The One within it’s gift to me. Hugs, Barbara

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  2. I think that’s a lemon tree in the picture. What a lovely garden! It really is a piece of heaven there.
    Leslie

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  3. Beautiful. Reminds me of the Mary Oliver quote/poem: “I need only to stand where I am to be blessed.”

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  4. It’s True.
    The Ground, the Earth, is Holy.
    Beautiful verbatism/expression.

    Reply
  5. The wonder of it all… Lovely! 🙂

    Reply

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