Before we get started, to really get an idea of what Street Wisdom is you really have to attend a session. So if you’re here looking for a sign as to whether or not you should sign up – the answer is always yes! Yes, you really should sign up right away.
Street Wisdom is a non-profit program that aims to help you answer the big questions by tuning you into the environment around you. No headphones, no notifications, just wandering.
Word on the street
A Street Wisdom session is based on the belief that the answers we seek are always right in front of us, if only we pay attention. Sessions last about 3 hours and help you to tune into your surroundings. You’re given four 10 minute exercises, each setting you a task to see the streets you walk across almost every day in a totally different way. So for example, your first task might be to look around and notice the patterns around you for ten minutes, the next you might be asked to ‘see the beauty in everything’ whatever that means to you.
At the start of a session, you’re asked if you have a question to focus on during the morning. Something smaller than ‘What is the meaning of life?’ but bigger than ‘What should I have for tea tonight?’ I must admit, in both of the events I attended, I didn’t go with a specific question but I still came away with answers.
The trick to getting the most out of a Street Wisdom session is to go in with an open mind and try not to look for answers, let them find you.
My first session
I met with a group of 5 strangers outside Manchester Central Library. Going into the session I had a few annoying things bouncing around my mind. Should I continue blogging? Will I ever see a return? Am I cut out to be a writer? All these doubts haunted me so whilst I didn’t have a specific one to focus on, I was aware of them all throughout the morning.
Straight away as we set off walking I was confronted by my questions. As I stepped away from the group I noticed a fellow blogger doing a shoot besides the library. It’s no secret that photoshoots are my least favourite aspect of blogging and I much prefer hiding behind my keyboard.
I tried not to focus on this, telling myself that if I thought too much about it I would miss something else. However, as I battled with my mind to switch off I turned a corner and yet again I was faced with another photoshoot. At this point I was beginning to think the streets of Manchester had quite a dark sense of humor.
I reconviend with the group with more questions than I had started with. We were given another ten minute exercise to do but the same questions I had about blogging confronted me once again. This time, two lads were having a photoshoot a stones throw away from where we started.
Call it coincidence, but being reminded of my least favourite aspect of blogging three times in the space of half an hour spooked me out just a little bit. To make matters worse, just as I mulled over the question ‘Is this making me focus on the aspects of blogging I hate because I’m supposed to quit?’ I almost walked into a Wagamama sign which read: ‘Be positive’.
Now I fully understand that there will be some people out there reading this and thinking ‘sounds a bit airy-fairy to me’ and I totally get you. It really does sound odd, but everyone at Street Wisdom has a totally different experience so all I can say to you is give it a go for yourself and come back to me.
When we were let loose for our full hour I admittedly felt distracted by what I’d already experienced, but I was fully satisfied because this had helped me open up about my blogging predicament. I gave myself a mini-inner pep talk and tried to get back into my zen state. I let myself be drawn to things, rather than seeking them out. I started to notice the same numbers during my walk and as a total numerology newbie I felt compelled to look up their meaning. Part of me didn’t want to touch my phone, just in case I got too involved with my notifications and started to go off track so I made a mental note of one particular number that kept popping up throughout my journey – 77.
Towards the end of my walk I got itchy fingers and couldn’t help myself. I took my phone out to Google the meaning and realised at that very moment it was 11:11 so I made my wish and continued to look up the meaning of 77…
Angel Number 77 indicates that you have listened to Divine guidance and are now putting that wisdom to work in your day-to-day life. Your desires and wishes are coming to fruition in your life as a direct result of your actions and positive attitude to life, and the time has come to reap the rewards for your diligence and determined efforts. – Info from Sacred Scribe.
Relevant. I’d recently been practising new mindful tasks such as morning pages and new techniques from the book ‘The Universe Has Your Back’.
Wisdom is all around you, if only you would look up from your phone to notice. Maybe it was all a wild series of coincidences, but even if you choose to look a little further into it, what harm is there in doing so? If you get the chance to attend a Street Wisdom session in Manchester or beyond, I highly recommend it. The experience is whatever you make it.
You can book your free session or get more info here: http://streetwisdom.org/