The Pillars of a Good Life
- How can the reflection be taught as a skill?
- Individuals with no experience with formal reflection may be resistant to traditional processing techniques (Journaling, Socratic Method, etc.).
THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
- Create an experience that is inherently contemplative, where the activity itself requires reflection.
Time is precious, and many of us spend that time in the pursuit of things without even considering WHY we want them. We see slowing down and thinking as a waste of time, when the true waste is acting without purpose. When we don't take time to reflect, we lose sight of what is truly important to us.
Our first proposed event combines action and reflection to create an inherently contemplative experience. This event will give participants a series of activities that ask them to consider what matters to them, and whether they are prioritizing those aspects of life.
Key questions we will be addressing:
- What do you think the ingredients to a good life are?
- Which of those ingredients are present in your life?
- Which of those ingredients are you neglecting?
Upon entering "The Land", participants will begin with the question, "What is essential to a life well-lived?", using the metaphor of a structure with pillars supporting it. They will be asked to consider the building blocks of a good life, according to them. They will assemble a miniature version of the building, with the pillars representing aspects of a fulfilling life. These will be placed on a wall, among other answers.
From here, we ask participants to consider which pillars they are prioritizing, and which ones are missing from their life. A seating area nearby will give them the opportunity to discuss "The Good Life" with other participants, as well as event staff.
We encourage them to find ways to implement these missing pillars into their lives, and offer activities to do so on a small scale. We leave “what’s important” up to the individual, but because we cannot realistically create experiences for each conceivable pillar, we offer a few possible options to consider:
(Note: Individual activities will be set inside their respective rooms. Artist renderings are depicted outdoors to provide a better perspective.)
Human connection is, to many, a key to fulfillment and happiness. Sadly, it is also an oft neglected experience. Those who choose to pursue the "Connection" pillar will take a seat in front of a small table, where another individual will already be seated, or they will wait for somebody else to sit down. Each table will present a different opportunity for connection, such as icebreaker questions or a challenge for the duo.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Finding purpose and a way to share our strengths and passions can lead to happiness and fulfillment in life. Participants will go through a series of activities that encourage them to consider what they have, and want, to offer the world.
- What are your strengths?
- What does the world need?
- What are your interesst?
Through asking these questions, we want participants to consider what they are uniquely suited to offer the world, whether in work, relationships, or spare time.
Play is often considered a children's activity, but fun and entertainment for its own sake can be a great contributor to adult fulfillment as well.
Participants will have several options of free play activities, with no particular goal, other than to enjoy themselves and live in the moment.
Debrief circles will be placed at the exit of the experience for the purpose of reflection, encouraging participants to discuss their experiences with others. Event staff will help facilitate these debriefs.
Ultimately, the goal of the event is to encourage self-reflection, particularly in consideration of what matters to the individuals who attend. Ideally, when participants leave, they will have an action step in mind for how to implement missing pillars into their life.