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Silently Blooming

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Shobna provides a beautiful images and Thich Nhat Hanh‘s quote about silence. Parker Palmer says that community and solitude form a paradox. They do not exist without one another.

It is in moments of solitude I find meaning in living in community. What I share in common with others far outweighs what makes me different although the differences are essential to what makes each of us unique beings.

It is in moments of silence I look at my life as if it were a mountain revealing its story through the striations it formed throughout its existence. In silence, my life takes on meaning. It is there that my relationships take form and mean more than they did in the busyness of the day.

Mountain's Layers

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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.

14 responses »

  1. Thank you for the link and your post on silence. Silence can enrich us and our relationships deeply.

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  2. I’ve just moved to an apartment where there is perfect silence inside the rooms. It is a wonderful and peaceful experience. My spirit is enjoying it.

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  3. True and well said.

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  4. Silence–the heavens whisper their secrets! Lovely post, Ivon.

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  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    AND A PLEASANT SURPRISE WHEN NOTICED!

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  6. I know what you mean and fully appreciate your thoughts. I have a quiet space that I escape to where the only sound is the melody of the creek, and the wind in trees. Really tall trees. With each visit I feel renewed. A nice write.

    Pat

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  7. Thank you for your thoughts. Other comments say it all.

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