“Once in a small school in Persia, some pupils were having their first lessons in writing. Holding their breath, gritting their teeth, fingers tensing on their reed pens, they drew as best they could the first letter of the alphabet (alif bâ): the A, alif. It’s a vertical line drawn bottom-up, as simple as the number 1 (written the same way) and, for this reason also, the first letter of the divine name. The children made sure to reproduce the symbol of unity aligning rows of parallel lines on the pages of their writing books. One of them took particular care and, with extreme pleasure, kept filling pages. (more…)
Lise Enochsson: Let's dive in. Find your comfortable, free breathing. Check your posture while standing. Now, it's time to explore the limits of your balance, what happens when our balance is challenged, and also try to stimulate symmetry. Being out of balance will otherwise steal valuable energy and create strain. Being out of symmetry - as we often are while playing certain instruments including the harp - doesn't necessarily create the same strain, if our foundation is stable. But we should know what asymmetry feels like compared to symmetry.