To add further testimony to this sparkling insight, which may or may not be imminently debunked by doubters of such research, I can personally corroborate feelings of calm and meditation encountered on the lovely walk and scramble enjoyed by myself and @Shanie_Nash today, on the Fox House Plateau Walk, in Derbyshire’s Peak District, near
Sheffield lass I have done
this walk many times and had wanted to do it again sometime over this Easter
break. @HeadofEnglish had posted a pic
on Twitter of a few nice scenes from Derbyshire, so I asked if she fancied
doing a TeachMeet type walk somewhere like, say Fox House. She said yes, then I
asked @Shanie_Nash. The date was set for today. We both RT’d last week then
@Shanie_Nash did so again over the last few days. Quite a few showed interest
but weren’t able to come due to clashes with other things. @HeadofEnglish
couldn’t make it in the end but @Shanie_Nash and I had a nice time anyway. It’s
funny how things emerge from a few interactions of people with some similar
intentions (and ‘agency’?). The seeds are also sown now for people who couldn’t
come this time to try and make it the next…
But back to today. The weather was perfect: warm sunshine and clear blue skies, with only a few clouds interrupting the afternoon. We traversed pleasant paths, rugged rocks and even a squelchy swamp. It was all good fun and with beautiful Peak District vistas all around the conversation was free flowing.
It’s funny, I remarked to @Shanie_Nash that sometimes you notice life is teaching you something. I wonder if it’s like, “When the student is ready, the teacher shall appear?” Life seems to be giving me free tuition in psychology and neuroscience this week. I say this because @Shanie_Nash reiterated some themes I’d been discussing with @cijane02 previously as well – if you want in depth psychology he’s the man! Stuff to do with theories of working memory and cognitive load theory etc. I need it a third time to really stick though, don’t I? Any takers? J Maybe I’ll get a repeat from @cijane02 at the #merseymeet2014 this Saturday (I’ll be giving an intro to complexity science, by the way).
We put the world to rights on the joys of Twitter communication and debating style, online Twitter vs. offline personas, and the benefits of meeting and talking while walking. We laughed about how some Twitter personas may resemble characters from Lord of the Flies even (!?)
I let slip about a past venture that I briefly tried out (twice) in 2010: I had a tipi and a Native American Indian gimmick take on individual change management / self development and ran a 2 day workshop in lovely, fresh places, while camping. This coincided at the time with my dad then being terminally ill, so it didn’t last long or get off the ground as I had a lot on my plate. But the point was made today about the benefits of doing CPD type activities in the midst of gorgeous nature, and allowing people to chill, meditate and make personal reflection in a relaxing environment.
We finished the day by whiling away the next few hours at the Fox House Inn, talking over BBQ chicken burgers and coffee about life, God and the universe. As you do.
In the meantime @Shanie_Nash has gone away inspired to think of a new hash tag title for such future teach-meet walk and talk type events. Fancy joining us? J Keep in touch with me (@cazzwebbo) or @Shanie_Nash to find out the latest news on the hash tag, and when we next plan to go for a teach meet walk and talk. If you just fancy a nice walk anyway let me know that too J
*Aspinall, P. et al (2013), ‘The Urban Brain: Analysing Outdoor Physical Activity with Mobile EEG’, in Br J Sports Med, Mar 6.