Ever gone on a serendipity walk?
Serendipity is one of my fave words. To me it means letting myself wander without any preplans, lists, agendas – and see what happens and where I end up. I love doing serendipity – letting go of the what ifs, the shoulds, the buts …and wandering into the unexpected.
The secrets of serendipity can be yours. Allow yourself to let go of constraints for a moment and then see where serendipity takes you. Give your brain a rest and let your intuition and imagination lead you. Feel the ‘tug’ towards a place – wander in and see/feel/hear/taste what’s there – wander on.
The paradox (another fave word) is that serendipity is a kind of unconscious consciousness – an awareness that if we listen … can take us down unexpected paths
I always say that I have a bad sense of direction because I love getting lost. I end up seeing things and meeting people that I didn’t expect. See, that’s the magic of serendipitying – the unexpected.
I’ve serendipitied in Rome, Paris, London, Boston, New York, Dublin, Singapore, Oz & Ballinamore – wandered around and just listened to the ‘tug’ inside me that says ‘go down that street … go into that shop … smile at that person … taste that … touch that’.
In the process of serendipity we also give ourselves the space and time to see things in a different light – there can be a heightening of all the senses because we’re wandering without a plan … we use a radar that tunes in new opportunities.
Daydreaming is a great example of serendipitying in your conscious and unconscious – misty wanderings that have all sorts of images and sounds – sometime becoming a crystal idea – sometimes one of those mmmmmmmmm moments.
Creativity demands serendipitying. I developed a model of creativity years ago after working with artists and other creative people. I termed the phrase ‘foraging’ to describe the serendipity experience of wandering that happens at the beginning ( and thru) a creative process. It’s a kind of walk (sometime physical) thru ideas and images and fragments of sound – everything that could somehow spark a creative idea or theme for an exhibition or sound for a symphony is foraged. A kind of musing on connections and disconnections.
And you can bring the serendipity experience to places you think you already know. Wander your street, your city, your workplace as if you’ve never been there before… wander into conversations with people you know and let go of an agenda or a perception or an expectation. Decide to wander the known with a specific intensity – try and only hear women’s voices or see shades of blue or the scent of certain food. See where that leads you.
Now, because you are not only an attractive but also an intelligent and perceptive reader, you have lept ahead of me in your serendipitying – and are now exploring how to serendipity in other ways:-
- Serendipity wandering online – it’s not called the web for nothing. I love what happens when I allow myself to serendipity the web – new ideas, new people, old ideas in new ways …connections.
- Serendipity senses– how about a serendipity wandering through smells, tastes and sounds – yum. Improv jazz is sound serendipity.
- Serendipity in a library – the wonderful wanderings and unexpected treasures of a serendipity in a library give me immense pleasure. Same thing happens when I wander a wine shop or market.
- Serendipity body wander – see and sense yourself and (if you have one) your partner in a serendipity wander – a new journey with no destination or deadline.
- Serendipity connections & conversations – my favourite thing in the whole world is the wonderful serendipities of conversations with people – you just never know where you’ll end up… what will scare you … provoke you… bring tears of laughter. I’m always interested in the potential serendipity of connections with other people.
- Serendipity spirit wander – what if you went for a wander into other spirituality’s and ways of thought without any preconceptions? I was once asked to give 3 workshops for women on spirituality in mining towns in Oz. At that time I was flabbergasted to be asked as I didn’t see myself as a ‘spiritual’ person. As part of my own learning I went on a serendipity and asked women to introduce me to other women who had been on spiritual journeys so I could meet them and interview them – talk about wandering into the unexpected. I met a feminist catholic nun; a witch; a Buddhist nun; women were on a whole range of spiritual journeys. It was more than eye opening – and my spiritual serendipitying continues today.
- Serendipity Ballinamore – to some people, my move 2 months ago to this wee town appears to have little rhyme or reason. For me, it’s a major serendipity wander and I’m enjoying the walk.
An interesting paradox is that even within a plan we can serendipity – listen to the ‘tug’; be open to the unexpected; wander our imagination … and still stay focused on our goal or dream … or maybe let go of that dream for a new one as a result of a serendipity walk.