The opportunity and ability to stop, reflect and take time to deeply consider what you do and how you do it seems to come too rarely.
In our perception of being time poor and with our task obsessed behaviour, taking the necessary time for a deep reflection seems to be an indulgence, an extravagance, something I will do later or when I retire! Some may even ask “isn’t that what the summer holidays are for?”
I have just had this experience but add to the extended time required for deep reflection, a hiking tour on the other side of the world in their summer and the notion of indulgence moves onto a scale not seen since the last Kardashian wedding!
I have just returned from a week hiking in Cumbria in northern England with 32 other people led by the poet turned philosopher David Whyte.
The feeling of “indulgence” I described earlier transformed into “privilege” over the week as the process of deep reflection led to new and increased understandings, learning and remembered knowings.