Term started for students at St Michael's yesterday, and this afternoon was our first tutor group session. Peter Sedgwick, the Principal has invited me to continue working with him and the group, and having survived the first term without making too much of a fool of myself, I decided sharing the group with Peter might be a good opportunity for me to learn from him. It was good to see everyone again, all recovered from illnesses and injuries which seemed to plague the group at the end of last term. I'm beginning to muse on the possibility of a project to engage some students in worship and ministry during Holy Week. This year it falls during the academic vacation, when the College is not in session, so there will be an opportunity to do some practical work in which all have the chance to shape what is offered. We'll see what happens!
After brisk walk home, a hastily scoffed supper, I was out again for a Chi Gong session - the first of the new Chinese Year of the Dragon, which began yesterday. I'm fascinated by the way some characteristics of the movement of the year's creature are fed into the approach we make to the exercises we do. Over the twelve year cycle, this leads to a continuing variety of small subtle ways in the body is being worked and stimulated internally and externally. So, even if the forms generally appear the same, there a nuances of content, so it's never dull, always challenging to stay awake to. There's no danger of the body being reduced to mechanical movement. It's truly a living art, and an art of living.