Change the view

go far together

Here’s a saying that caught my ears this week:

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

There is a richness in travelling with others. Their perspectives on the world (often different from our own) changes the view. Their insights into their own lives and situations sheds light on our own. Their observations on others whom we also know gives us the possibility of fresh understanding.

There are times when speed is of the essence. And there is truth in the idea that we will make our decisions – reach our destination – quicker alone. After all, we do not need then to consult – adjust our journey – for others.

But there are also many, many times when working with, sharing with, travelling with others is the best approach. It’s usually slower. It has more uncertainty. It leads to a better view.

Essence Cheltenham runs regular mindfulness events. We seek to journey together, as a  community of people with a shared interest in deepening our awareness of ourselves, others and the world around us.

If you have ever come to an Essence Cheltenham event, please give your input this week to help us plan our forthcoming gatherings.

Here are some suggestions of things you might want to feedback on but input as occurs to you. How do you find the blend of activities at sessions, including types of activities you find less or more useful? How do you find the mix of body, mind and spirit-focussed activities? How do you find the regularity of gatherings at every 4-6 weeks? How do you find the (most usual) venue at the Oasis Cheltenham? Do you have a preference for night of the week? Would you like to do a more regular mindfulness course, meeting say every week or every other week for something like three to six weeks, or some variant on that?

How can you give your input? You can use Facebook messenger ( or email If you are happy writing down your input do at through messenger or by email. If you prefer to talk through your input send a message through messenger or email and we can arrange a time for a call or to meet up.

This is Mindful Monday on 27 August 2018. Look out for autumn plans!