As a coach, I spend much of my time helping other people to pause and reflect but – ironically (or perhaps hypocritically) – I don’t do quite enough of that myself.
A friend suggested attending a Street Wisdom event being facilitated by an ex-colleague of hers, I was in the area, so I signed up and went along. It seemed fitting at the end of mental health awareness week to get involved in an event which, while it doesn’t explicitly say so, is grounded in mindfulness techniques.
The story of Street Wisdom’s success captures for me the challenge and opportunity for tourism seeking to become truly transformative. It is not about looking to design products that enable travellers to see even more beautiful, remote, pristine spaces. Nor is it about creating those that provide access to distant peoples and their cultures. It is about finding ways of opening people up and helping them shift their perspectives so they can see the world – all of it, even if it is just the street round the corner from their flat, to be beautiful, unusual, and meriting of curiosity and care.
We were lucky enough to have David Pearl take us on a mind-bending trip into our own consciousness this week. The effects we felt both during, and after, our day with David were both mesmerizing and tangible. But what really interested me, was that what we had experienced in a couple of hours, equalled a semester of studying identity theory at University.