I call it Conductive Cooking because of the conductive process which took place before the cooking could even happen, including the psychological changes which took place over the years, which are so necessary for this situation to have come about in the first place.
I have a group of CP adults, they have been coming to weekly CE sessions after their work for many years now. During this time they have developed into more and more independent young people. They are very much aware that their parents don’t get any younger and therefore will not always be there to give assistance. This group is highly motivated, with a central aim of reducing their dependency on others.
I enjoyed working in the Petö Institute in the “Workers' Group” mainly because of the group "Seele". I think that my evening group too has something of this atmosphere, it is very different to that of groups which take place during the day, during working hours!
Now back to the cooking.
Last week I had an organisational problem, which meant starting the group 30 minutes later than ususal.
This was OK with all except one man who needed help with eating his evening meal and the late start would mean no help would be available.
Mária Hári often mentioned to us during our training how Conductive Education leads to spontaneity, activity and problem-solving and here I was on this occasion experiencing them all in a flash, in the space of less than 5 minutes.
Of course on the actual evening we did stand up to roll the pizza dough, we sat to chop the tomatoes finely, we walked to set the table and we bent down to reach in the oven, but the first conductive process took place in the weeks and years before, culminating in this perfect managing by the group of an unusual situation.
This is what I mean by Conductive Cooking.