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“In Nature Nothing Exists Alone” -Rachel Carson

Source: “In Nature Nothing Exists Alone” -Rachel Carson

The post includes a series of lovely black and white pictures accompanied by a Rachel Carson quote. Sometimes, I forget that even when I am alone I am not alone. There are always other sentient beings and non-sentient beings present.

Being mindful and attentive helps me understand that solitude is a time of sharing. It is not being alone or lonely. Mindfulness is a gathering in my thoughts and heart. It is an imagining of who and what is essential in living.

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.

11 responses »

  1. I recently had the chance to read a lot about Rachel in preparation for a blog post I did. She’s from my hometown and I was amazed by how little I knew about her. I was more amazed about her, after I learned what I did.

  2. It’s always interesting to read things like this. Being female and growing up in a big city you learn to be alert to everything going on around you. You have to live that way. Sure, you can sometimes feel safe enough to forget about what’s going on but usually you have to always be aware of your environment, so all the quite and mindfulness doesn’t seem familiar to me other than being mindful of who is walking behind me, or coming toward me, driving next to the curb, coming out of the doorway, etc. I don’t think about doing that, I just do it, like everyone else…it’s a way of meditating and splitting our attention, or multitasking, I guess. Different environments and genders. You probably don’t even think about who’s in the parking lot when you’re putting your groceries in the car.

    • Yes, there are many factors that influence how we react/respond to the immediate world around us. I grew up in a small town and spent a lot of time out in what we call nature. That still informs me at a deep level, so deep I take it for granted.

      • I think it’s fascinating because no one taught us how to BE, we just became, according to where we lived. It’s not as if there are rule books, after all:) Nature for us was the park and a backyard. Mostly we played in the alley or street, using the sewer covers for bases when we played ball. Definitely a different life style. The houses and apartment buildings were close to each other and I would sit on my bedroom window and the boy next-door would sit on his back stairs and we would talk to each other. LOL Interesting how different life is for everyone.

      • It is different. Differences make a difference. You are right. We do not get a rule book, which is the way it should be.

  3. Alone for me is Never lonely. I grew up in the foothills of mountains ringing what was to become a big city. When it started transforming, I left for the woods of Maine and never looked back. My soul needs silence. Aloha, Ivon.

  4. Modern man does not understand this. When a species becomes extict the entire food chain is altered. Disrespect for habitat is the main reason.


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