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Our True Heritage

I am reading The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh to remind myself of to listen mindfully to others. When I am fully present to the other, I show compassion and understanding for their suffering.

Thich Nhat Hanh writes beautiful poetry, which reminds me to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. This poem reminds me that, when I am present, I experience the cosmos and its precious gems with all my senses.

In the busyness of living, I miss hearing birds singing, the pines chanting, and smiles of those around me. When I am happy, I share that with the world.

The cosmos is filled with precious gems.

I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.

Each moment you are alive is a gem,

shining through and containing earth and sky,

water and clouds.

It needs you to breathe gently

for the miracles to be displayed.

Suddenly you hear the birds singing,

the pines chanting,

see the flowers blooming,

the blue sky,

the white clouds,

the smile and the marvelous look

of your beloved.

You, the richest person on Earth,

who have been going around begging for a living,

stop being the destitute child.

Come back and claim your heritage.

We should enjoy our happiness

and offer it to everyone.

Cherish this very moment.

Let go of the stream of distress

and embrace life fully in your arms.

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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.

19 responses »

  1. We must appreciate each moment.

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  2. Wonderful teacher, thank you for sharing his words.

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  3. Wow – what a message to work at and fully embrace. Thanks Ivan for sharing this.

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  4. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GOOD STUFF!

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  5. Letting go of distress is not easy. I try to put it in God’s hands.

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  6. So beautiful…. I liked when you say that Cosmos needs us (just) to breathe gently for the miracles to be displayed. That´s perfection & balance, right!?… Thank you for sharing…. Happy week ahead! ⭐

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  7. This is a wonderful reminder to see with all our senses!

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  8. Thich Nhat Hanh is my guru…

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  9. the precious balance gently shared with all the universe,
    thank you Ivon

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