We all know the feeling. Hard at work. Hard at play. Under pressure. And our brains have gone to mush. The ideas won’t come. The email just doesn’t want to get written. We just can’t say ‘no’ to that night out. Our bodies are telling us to stop, go for a walk and take in some fresh air but our brains are not listening. We convince ourselves we are too busy to stop and just keep going.
Our lives don’t get better, they just get busier.
We get addicted to ‘busy’ as it numbs our minds and distracts us from facing up to our emotions. Researcher and story-teller Brené Brown calls it ‘crazy-busy’ in her book Daring Greatly “I often say that when they start having 12-step meetings for busy-aholics, they’ll need to rent out football stadiums. We are a culture of people who’ve bought into the idea that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won’t catch up with us.”
When the pace of life feels too much it’s nuts to do more. No wonder mental health is increasingly fragile across the working world. Research suggests that one in four people have been diagnosed with a mental illness. That and the increasing complexity, acceleration, distraction, mixed messages, need to do more with less, job uncertainty, march of automation and lack of obvious direction.
What’s saner is to listen to your inner alarm system. Get up and go for a walk in the street. Not just a regular walk but a walk that will engage your mind, stimulate your senses and fuel creative thinking.
Street Wisdom is a not-for-profit social enterprise which stages mindful urban walking workshops in 27 countries. In just 3 hours of walking and wandering, participants have changed the way they view not just work but life and relationships as well as even bigger subjects like peace in the Middle East. We ask people to come with a question and tap into the wisdom of the urban landscape – to tune out from distractions and tune in to their subconscious. We’re big on synchronicity and chance encounters, and taking time to notice signs and signals from the street that you’d normally rush past or ignore.
In just a few hours you can learn the skills it takes to slow down, focus your mind and find inspiration and clarity from your every day surroundings.
David Pearl, founder of Street Wisdom, is speaking about the technology behind Street Wisdom and teaching the techniques in a 2 hour interactive workshop at The Mind, Body and Spirit Festival on April 28th.
The Mind, Body and Spirit Festival is an inspirational wellbeing event founded in 1977, fueled by a desire for people to discover the spirit within and open themselves up to new possibilities. It is the first exhibition devoted to the pursuit of a healthier and more creative lifestyle and attracts thousands of visitors every year to the unique selection of dynamic workshops for all sectors of the wellbeing community.
We have a pair of tickets to give away to the festival itself as well as entrance to the Street Wisdom workshop, worth £54! Send your name and address to [email protected]
(Competition ends Tuesday 25th @ 12pm)
David Pearl, business innovator, TEDx speaker and founder of Street Wisdom.