Every night before bed, my husband and I have begun reading to each other from the book Arriving at Your Own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Last night’s reading was “Heartfulness.” And here is what it says:
“In Asian languages, the word for mind and the word for heart are the same word. So when we hear the word mindfulness, we have to inwardly also hear heartfulness. In order to grasp it even as a concept, and especially as a way of being.”
Just like in Waldorf education! Thinking and feeling are intertwined. They are so interconnected that in Asian languages, they are the same word! So all thinking must have a feeling component. That’s why in Waldorf education, we want to inspire our thinking and create memorable learning experiences through the arts, because the arts speak to our feelings in a very direct way while engaging the will.
So every time we present new material to our children, we want to involve them in an artistic activity in order to engage their heart and mind.
The Lively Arts series appears on Tuesdays with ideas for infusing your lessons and life with the arts: drama, movement, music, drawing, painting, storytelling, handwork, modeling and speech. You can find more ideas and inspiration in my article The Seven Lively Arts.