It’s New Year’s Eve in England and the clock is counting down to midnight. I am have been invited to a curry dinner with neighbours – it feels so good to be part of a mini community that does welcoming things so spontaneously.
But before I go, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for all your support and comments over the past year. They have sustained me and inspired me in my current endeavour – to write the book explaining why we need to change the way we do tourism and share some suggestions as to how we can contribute to a Regenerative versus extractive Economy – one that that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling for all participants – not just a few.
I am convinced that when you dig deeper, past all the individual challenges and crises – be they economic, environmental, social or political – you will find that the root cause is our application of a mindset or our addiction to a story that no longer help us make sense of our world. Regardless of name, it is, to use current, common parlance, past its sell-by-date. It most certainly fails to reflect all the amazing discoveries that science has laid at our feet since the turn of the Century. “The book” will examine this is in detail because, by understanding how we got onto this particular stepping stone of history, we might better launch off onto a new one.
I believe the travel, tourism and hospitality sector has the potential to play a vital role in shifting us from an old, out-dated view of a material, hostile world in which we, separate beings, compete for scarce resources to a new view that sees only connections and interdependencies and that recognises greatest evolutionary progress has occurred when we collaborated and used our intelligence to co-create abundance.
One of the most important contributions that tourism can make is to transport people to places where they can experience a sense of wonder, awe, place and purpose and, thereby open their eyes to nature’s wonders all around them at home when they return. Nature is not a problem to be solved but the source of all life – we can learn so much from her if we have eyes to see and souls open enough to hear.Our task is not to waste and destroy its bounty but to sustain a balance so that Nature can evolve into higher levels of beauty and complexity. We are her partners not her master.
With the author’s very kind permission, I am sharing his words below as a way of expressing my gratitude to your support of Conscious Travel as an idea and of me as a colleague. The words below are a Pledge to Reclaim Wonder which I encourage you to take into 2015. It comes from Jeff Willius and his web site: www.onemanswonder.com that has filled me with joy since he started. He offers his readers a free, framed version of the pledge and I encourage you to subscribe. The absolutely gorgeous flower image is also his.
RECLAIMING WONDER PLEDGE
Source and (C) Jeff Willius – www.onemanswonder. Pl
I believe I’m surrounded by wonders great and small, all the time, wherever I am.
I understand that many of those miracles lie hidden to first glances.
I will open my spirit to wonder. My eyes, my ears, my heart will follow.
I will make time for awareness, curiosity and wonder.
I will turn off the television, put down the book and start looking, learning and living first-hand.
I will decide for myself what entertains me and, more importantly, what nourishes my soul.
I will notice and celebrate the power of presence.
I will carefully examine the myth of certainty, and value learning more than knowing.
I will be more aware of the miracle of grace that resides around and within every person.
I will shine the light of my own spirit, and will give other people the chance to shine too.
I will try to experience everything as if it were for the first time.
I will approach each day with faith in Nature’s instruction, and with gratitude for being Her lifelong pupil.
I will be patient, not just with Nature, but with myself, celebrating small steps in the right direction.
I will seize every opportunity to help a screen-bound child reconnect with Nature.
Hopefully you are with friends and or family this night and the coming days will be filled with joy and peace.
PS Apparently, this is my 100th post on this blog!!