Experts have described this feeling as 'embodied cognition...a kind of mind-body intelligence. Going with the flow, for you, might be dancing. it might be playing with your dog, or ziplining down a mountainside. Flow is that place where action and awareness merge. Some experts explain it as "intensely-focused peace." So who wouldn't want to experience more "flow" in their lives? I think it's everyone. But how can we catch more of these flow moments?
Flow moments aren't always long-lasting; sometimes we only get quick glimpses of them. I recently read an article that said most humans today walk around "with their head on a stick." I love that description. It's so accurate! Humans, and more than a few frogs, too, have of way of becoming disembodied. We miss many "high def" moments each day. remember, that flow is a full-body experience. We have to experience it, not just in our heads but with with our entire bodies. The first step to living more of your life "in the flow," is to recognize what being in the flow feels like. Start paying attention...take your head off the stick and put it back on your neck. What activities make you feel fully present and alive? If you're not sure, ask yourself these questions.
- Who or what makes your heart sing or your skin tingle?
- What makes your mind focus like a laser on a target?
- What does it feel like to be fully engaged and fully alive
If eating ice cream or walking your dog, or playing with your kids makes you feel alive, remember to pay attention to those feelings whenever you participate in your 'happy activity." And schedule these activities as often as you can. Learning to pay attention to these precious moments, no matter how fleeting they might be, is a sure-fire way of making sure more of these moments happen.
Once you begin to live in the flow, you won't want to live any other way. The really good news here is that you don't have to, Every single day can be lived "feeling alive and present." It just requires up to pay attention. So go ahead, this weekend, and take your head off the stick. The weekend is the perfect time for experiencing more flow in your everyday world.
Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy it fully by being in the present. I invite you back here on Monday but until we meet again, I wish you more flow and more