Being in the flow, the ease and grace of life is effortless. Our creativity is engaged, we are happy, make good decisions quickly and easily, and enjoy a sense of ease.
Being in the flow is actually our natural state of being. It’s when our mind and body are relaxed; we feel positive, our hearts are open and our energy is aligned with nature.
So why aren’t we in the flow all the time? What takes us out of this natural state?
The short answer is we do. There are 2 states of being that we relate to the world from: the way things actually are and the way we want them to be. The latter is influenced by the media, social status, culture and our families. We learn to judge ourselves and the world based on what we are told, and we learn it so well that we do it unconsciously.
Being in the flow is about being in the present moment, without wanting or trying to make it anything other than what it is, in that moment.
It’s when we are fully present and accepting of what is, as it is.
According to Deepak Chopra, in the movement towards enlightenment, where you are is the point of arrival. That, is being in the flow.
There’s actually nowhere to get to; our point of arrival or destination, does not exist outside the present moment. But our belief’s may tell us otherwise and it’s our internal struggle with what is, versus the way we want it to be, that takes us out of the flow.
If you find yourself struggling, annoyed or down right pissed off, here are a few suggestions to get back on track.
- Give yourself a break! This is not about perfectionism so allow yourself to feel aggravated or out of sorts.
- Do something else; something you enjoy. Take a walk, have a massage, go out and grab a coffee. Something that gets you out of your current physical environment and moves energy. This step is especially important if you’re rushing to meet a deadline. It may feel like you don’t have the time to do this, but trying to force yourself back into the flow is akin to getting blood from a stone. Ain’t gonna happen!
- Get reconnected with why you’re doing whatever it is you’re doing. What’s the bigger picture? This alone can often be enough to get you back in the flow and the creative juices flowing.
- Go to gratitude. As quickly as you can, write out as many things you can think of that you are grateful for, for 1 minute. Read them aloud and say a heart felt thank you after each one.
Being in the flow is your natural, inherent way of being, and if you find it a struggle, its only because you’ve forgotten that. The grace and ease associated with being in the flow comes from a place of being, not doing.
Practice choosing grace and ease no matter what is happening around you. Release any and all perfection, overwhelm or force you may be experiencing and go back to step 1.
As Deepak reminds us, there’s really no where to get to. You are already here. Allow it to ebb and flow as it will and you will soon find yourself more in the flow, than out.