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Finding Your Rhythm Profiling Practice 88: Exercise: The Joy of Wandering

Weekly Practice No. 16

Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk.  My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.

 

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This week we are profiling Practice 88: The Joy of Wandering (from page 162 of my book).

Practice 88 is one of the dance steps in The Flow’s Initiating the Invitation where we need to create the invitation within ourselves – and in others we work with – in order to step into the unknown and access its potentiality.

I chose this practice because I am on holiday this week wandering – going off grid and getting lost – in Montreal and Les Laurentides in Canada!

With our SatNavs and digitial maps we have learnt a fear of getting lost. But meandering and wandering off piste gives us the freedom to lose ourselves for a while. Wandering without knowing the route or having a fixed destination awakens our dulled senses and makes us alive and alert to new experiences.  As D.H. Lawrence wrote in Women in Love¹

That’s the place to get to – nowhere. One wants to wander away from the world’s somewheres, into our own nowhere.

For this practice try something new without the need for a purpose or a destination! For example:

    • Make a meal without following the recipe
    • Go for a walk without a map
    • Switch off the computer
    • Get lost in a book
    • Put aside the ‘to do ‘ list for a day
    • Day dream
    • Play with the word ‘Nowhere’: ‘Now where’, ‘no where’, ‘now here’.
    • Imagine. Follow your thoughts. Ask ‘What if?’

For J.K. Rowling²,

‘the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss.’

Have a go!

Start with small steps.

Reflect on what you are noticing.

Please do share your stories so we can all learn together.

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References

[1] Downloaded 8th September 2017 from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/wandering?page=2

[2] Downloaded 8th September 2017 from https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jkrowlin454009.html

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