Saturday, 14 December 2013

Developing Pathways


Designer Christopher tells this story about an architect who built a cluster of large office buildings that were   set in a central green. When construction was complete, the landscape crew asked him where he wanted     the sidewalks between the buildings.  " Not yet " was the architect's reply, " just plant grass solidly between   the buildings". This was done and by late summer the new lawn was laced with pathways of trodden grass,   connecting building to building. As Williams puts it, " The paths followed the most efficient line between the   points of connection, turned in easy curves rather than right angles, and were sized according to traffic flow. In the fall the architect simply paved the pathways.  Not only did the pathways have design beauty,  they responded directly to user needs. "
- from Roger Von Oech book A Whack on the Side of the Head

I love this story it feels like it could be T'ai Chi story and it reminds me of how we T'ai Chi teachers learn our craft.
We watch how our bodies and  those of our students respond to the work.
We listen with our bodies and engage all our senses to find the pathways of peace and love .
Looking forward to sharing some of these well worn and effective pathways in Dervish later today.

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