Rainer Maria Rilke compared a poem to living and who we are each becoming as a person. We each experience continuous and invisible interchange between who we are and the world beyond our seeing.
Parker Palmer compared this interchange to a Möbius strip and, when we place our fingers on the strip, we slide them in and out without lifting them. There is a rhythm to this movement, like a tide moving in and out from the beach continuously shifting the sands.
Each of our place in the cosmos is small, but I think essential to the cosmos. It is in the mindful interchange with the cosmos, being present to one another, imprinting ourself on the cosmos in a unique way that makes us each irreplaceable. We cannot see what that will mean, only experiencing it by being present and attentive to each breath we take.
Breath, you invisible poem!
A constant interchange between our clear being
and the world space beyond our seeing
in which I rhythmically become.
Solitary wave whose
gradual sea I am.
Of all possible seas you are parsimonious,
winning the cosmos, with me one gram
in it. How many realms of space have been
inside me already! The multiple wind
is like my son.
Air, do you know me? You are full of places
once mine. A uniquely smooth rind,
a leaf of my words among roundnesses.
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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Wonderful. Good penned, and very motivational. too. Thx. Have a nice sunday! Michael
Michael thank you for the reblog and good wishes. Take care and enjoy.
YOur choices of poetry are exquisite. Thank you so much for posting another favorite poet.
Thank you for the comments. It is easy to enjoy Rilke and Thich Nhat Hanh in poetry and prose.
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HEAVY BUT INSIGHTFUL STUFF! (MY FINE EDUCATIONAL-STYLED LANGUAGE!)
I used some pretty funky language in the classroom, always appropriate.
As did some of my teachers.