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If you are at peace you are living in the present

To live in the present is challenging. People tend to want to imagine a past that suits where they are today and create a fantastic future that cannot be achieved. Be present in this moment to live life fully.

Bright, shiny objects!

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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.

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  1. think I’ve been in all those places…”present” by far the best and calmest place to be 🙂

  2. It’s so true Ivon. Yet a part of me wonders about the young generation … where there is so much stimulus each moment through technology and the media. So different when we’re growing and finding ourselves.
    The wisdom from sages is sound, not matter the millennium.
    How to reach those, who need to hear these messages is a new dimension that we are now in.

    • Val, I have met young people who are looking for something bigger than themselves. I( think there are some who do share your concerns. I agree social media and digitial devices can get in the way of finding that path.

  3. This poem of Lao Tzu really characterizes him for me. I wish I could follow more closely. Still struggle with both depression and anxiety occasionally, but continue to try.

  4. Sometimes I think it is easier to live that peaceful present life as we get older. There aren’t as many future things to get anxious about, and we’ve learned there’s nothing we can do about the past. Sure, we all have those moments, but not as frequently. Just my thoughts!

  5. I completely disagree, 100%.

    • I take it to be that the present is transitive. When I accept this, I can find peace in each moment, understanding it will move on to the next. My fears, joys, sadness, happiness is transitive as well. I am not clinging.


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