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I began to write my first sentence to introduce the poem I intended to post and realized the prose had a poetic quality. I have been fussing since writing Autumn Promises about a lack of inspiration.

Inspiration is not something we chase. Instead, it emerges. I am reading Deeper than Words by Brother David Steindl-Rast. He refers to Jung’s concept of synchronicity. There are moments things emerge from nowhere with no real explanation.

The last few weeks I spent ruminating over where I am going. I am not teaching in a classroom and teaching is calling for me, deeply spirtual and inspiriting for me. When I talk to colleagues and others, they think I would be a good fit for college and university education faculties, but there is little happening and little on the horizon.

As a result, I considers how I reshape, without certainty and chasing, where I go next. The result is a Youtube channel and a Facebook Page with an introductory video about mindfulness in daily life. In various forms, I wrote about this topic in my PhD course work, presented on it, and facilitated retreats and workshops.

I posted the video below. If you have feedback on content, delivery, and directions for this project, please let me know.

Day arrives,

New intersections in life,

“Where next?”

Paths unmarked,

No map,

Experience informs a blurred present.

Take each step,

Inspired by hope,

Inspired by wonder,

Inspired by awe,

Mindful,

Aware of words and acts,

Fill with love and kindness,

Care for one another.

 

 

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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. Paths unmarked,

    No map,

    A destiny may be imposed on us. We may create our destiny. But we must initiate the journey. Sound unfortunately too low.

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  2. Ivon, I enjoyed the video. I was a “do-er” for nearly all of my life. Having felt many different “calls”, I’m not sure so many from my past were calls from heart, Higher Self, etc., or an ego pushing. Learning to simply BE has been challenging and extremely rewarding. I decided years ago that I would not advertise for clients…rather, I would simply trust Spirit to bring those with whom we would share a mutual benefit in our work together. It’s challenging to sit and listen and allow. It makes all the difference. Wishing you well in your discernment as to what may be next.

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  3. Obviously greatly written, and if one dummy like me didn´t get it in the written word. I thought the video was great.

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  4. Beautiful Ivon! It was good to see you and hear you read the poem.

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  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    STEPPING INTO THE MISTY FUTURE—IS THERE A LIGHT OUT THERE?

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