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Depth of Feeling

Depth of Feeling

To sit and meditate, is to pray and study one’s self. It is exploring what lies beneath the surface that we take-for-granted. Once we see what lies beneath the surface, we have the opporunity to embrace it and understand it more fully.

Find Your Middle Ground

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“We are so unused to emotion

that we mistake any depth of feeling for sadness,

any sense of the unknown for fear,

and any sense of peace, for boredom.

We are so schooled away from the life below, that anything beneath scares us.”

~ Mark Nepo from “The Book of Awakening”

It’s a scary place to start to look at ourselves beneath the surface. To face who we are when no one is looking.

We are afraid of what we might find and the depth of our feeling. Yet this is the place where the heart can truly open to all the experiences and feelings that have been denied.

I like how Mark Nepo reflects,  “When we bring up what we keep inside, it is sacred and scary, and the rest of us don’t know if we want to touch it or not, like reaching from a ladder into a nest…

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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. Pingback: Depth of Feeling — Teacher as Transformer | O LADO ESCURO DA LUA

  2. I am literally sitting alone in my hotel room and I started thinking how I really wanted to go do something. I’m feeling slightly annoyed and irritated. Then I decide to read some blog posts and I see this one. It actually allowed me to calm down and realize this moment for what it is. Thanks for that.

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  3. Thank you for the re-blog Ivon 💛

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  4. Pingback: Depth of Feeling — Teacher as Transformer | By the Mighty Mumford

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