Open Session: Tai Chi/Zen & Team

The first OpenSpace session for me today was about Thai Chi and the influence on the team. Christine Neidhardt did some interesting and simple Tai Chi exercises with us and a discussion afterwards what we felt. We started to stand in a circle and focus on ourselves. When we were ready to start we went into the circle and bow to let everybody know that we appreciate that they are also participating. After this introduction we did the first exercise. We took each others hands and started a “La Ola” wave. The challenge was to get a real smooth “La Ola” wave through going round the whole circle. The next and for me more interesting exercise was the following: Clap your hands one after another around the circle and find the rhythm of the team. We got a smooth rhythm with some disturbances in between but after some practice we were able to overcome these and continue with our rhythm. In the last exercise we stood in a line without seeing each other. Christine was starting a movement with her arms which went through the line and back. The first movements were quite easy even if I were the blocker in the first round but it should have been easy because you were able to see the arms of the people in the corner of your eyes but the last movement was really difficult to recognize. You had to try to feel when it’s time to continue the movement without seeing it. Really interesting experience. After the exercises we sat together discussing what we felt during out Tai Chi exercises. You can see the results on the flip chart.

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