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Relevant Education and Great Teachers -Part Nine

Published January 30, 2017

[Editor’s note: The following is the ninth part of a ten-part series of reflections on education, presented by Wayne Weiseman. These remarks are reprinted from his Facebook site with his permission.]

A Rumination on Relevant Education and Great Teachers (part nine)

Adventurers on a Journey

“Whoever travels without a guide needs two hundred years for a two-day journey”. (Rumi)

I remember very distinctly how, as children, we would run through the forest as adventurers on a quest into the wonder and mystery of the unknown. We may have journeyed on previously traveled trails, but in our youth of awe and wonder, one would never know what to expect around the bend or behind a shrub or tree trunk. It was always a total experience of the body at full steam, sweating, acutely aware, senses wide open, the mind imagining, analyzing, figuring, and foreboding. The heart thrilled at new and daring prospects pumping from physical exertion and the spirit was delighted to be free to run through the natural world unencumbered by internal or external inhibiting structures. We were so open to learn, to experience life whole and first hand in all its majesty and beauty. The little kid in us was doing its thing, totally.

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