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Sensory Explosion

This is a new poem. I started working with another, which I will post later and this emerged.

What happens is contemplative exercises allow me to become mindful as I move back into my daily life. These activities can be meditation/prayer, time to walk, reading poetry, etc. What I experience moments remains with me.

I embed activities into my daily routine. For example, I try to get out and walk each day. I note what and who I see, hear, smell, and feel. The other day, I observed autumn’s musty smell had arrived, as trees shed their leaves. We have had little rain the last few weeks, but some drizzles may have hastened the smell of decomposing materials.

When we travel, we spend time walking and hiking in and out. I love waterfalls and mountains, so they speak to me and linger with me, forever changing me.

Walking away,

Richness lingering–

Thunder booming,

Spray hovering,

Power reverberating,

Water smelling–

Life-giving.

Hearing, feeling, seeing, sensing–

Walking away,

Lingering,

In my ears,

On my skin,

In spirit,

Re-entering quieter world–

Life-giving.

About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

11 responses »

  1. life giving…. 🤓 I like that a lot … sending joy hedy 💫

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  2. Walking away,

    Richness lingering–

    Thunder booming,

    Spray hovering,

    Power reverberating,

    Water smelling–

    Life-giving.

    Beautifully written Ivon! C

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  3. Oh, I do love this. I haven’t been able to go out much at all lately. So glad to see your journey unfold.

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    • Thank you Sumyanna. In these times, I walk in the neighbourhood and in the house.

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      • Cherish those moments! We’ve had bad wildfires here and my Asthma is affected. Went from walking in the neighborhood every day to not being able to even go out on our deck. It should be clearing soon though – I hope!

      • I cannot imagine what you are experiencing with the wildfires. I have friends and colleagues up and down the west coast and always hold them in my thoughts.

      • Fortunately, the fires aren’t near my home. We are just affected by the smoke. I can’t imagine how difficult things must be for those whose homes are at stake as well and the smoke would be a lot worse there as well.

  4. Waterfalls and mountains are two of my favorite things! Let’s face it – being in nature is the best place to experience life.

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