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“find your place on the planet. dig in, and take responsibility from there.” ― gary snyder

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I enjoy Gary Snyder‘s poetry and essays, which has a Zen-like view of humans and their relationship with the world. It does not exist out there as if some mysterious wilderness we travel to. Instead, the objective and subjective worlds speak to each other through our senses.

In arguing we do not live outside of the objective world, John Dewey contended humans “live in community in virtue of the things they have in common.” My view is the community includes all sentient and non-sentient beings.

When we think of ourselves as living in community with all beings, animate and inanimate, we find our place in the world, dig in, and assume responsiblity for that piece of the world and our actions.

When we think, speak, and act responsibly, we become leaders who act as stewards, serving future generations in concrete and ethical ways. We grow mindful and attentive to a world we inhabit intimately and communicate with it on a moment-to-moment basis. It is real, existing inside and outside of us simultaneously.

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

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  1. Our egos are what separate us. The invention of “I” gives us specific identities, thus separateness.

    Mindfully, the Buddhist say we are connected to all things, animate and inanimate, as we travel in harmony on this planet.

    As Jill Bolte Taylor described in the shower, after having a stroke which shut down her left hemisphere ( cognitive engine, ego), I can not tell where the wall begins and my arm ends.

    We are one with all,things, connected.

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    • I think one of my professors at Gonzaga mentioned the Taylor anecdote. In Western culture, it takes something traumatic to allow to see the world as moving fluidly through our senses and skin. As you say Marty, when we let go of our identities we become one with the world and it resides within us and outside of us at the same time.

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  2. Pingback: dig in. | By the Mighty Mumford

  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    ARE YOU DIGGING IN, YET?????

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