“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” Lao Tzu
As we are at the midpoint of January and Winter for some has fully arrived, you may have found more clarity around your vision I shared in my earlier post, What is your Vision for 2019. Once you’ve determined your value and perhaps even created your Mantra for 2019, you are ready to get into Flow!
Check out our vision wall above and tell me which image might relate to your flow?
Flow is a concept that I really got introduced to through Roger James Hamilton, one of my mentors I’ve been talking about over these months and in my social media posts (he’s actually coming through Seattle after many years since he last presented in America). You know a little bit about flow already as that state you experience where you’re so engaged with something at a particular moment that everything else seems to disappear.
You’re in flow! It’s like the Zen concept of being completely in the moment, finding a sense of calm and happiness wherever you may be, whatever you might be doing. Today, we might associate it with mindfulness which is a topic we’ll introduce soon.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha
Flow was also a concept made popular by positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, during the birth of Positive Psychology, again another topic we’d love to share more deeply on in the near future. Why am I talking about this? Flow is a concept worth knowing something about in order to experience more joy & happiness which leads to achieving our goals for the year and beyond.
I’d love to share more about how flow relates to sleep and health in the next weeks if you don’t mind. It’s what we can ‘get in to’ to start a great New Year with what you’ve learned about creating your own goals and vision. This is truly taking 100% responsibility for our life and not feel ‘victimized’ to external circumstance. Flow is truly HOW to live the life you want and at any meaningful levels.
This is how Csíkszentmihályi describes 8 characteristics of flow:
- Complete concentration on the task
- Clarity of goals and reward in mind and immediate feedback
- Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down of time)
- The experience is intrinsically rewarding
- Effortlessness and ease
- There is a balance between challenge and skills
- Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination
- There is a feeling of control over the task
“Flow is a state, an experience and a way of living at the next level.” Mag
I recognize my own state of flow when I’m with someone and sharing a moment together, fully engaged eye to eye, in a deep heart to heart conversation and all time seems to freeze. It’s like being in love and everything else around you does not exist, only the feeling of this very moment!
Flow can be experienced at work, in a relationship or on a beautiful walk in nature. Wouldn’t you want to experience this more often? You have some of the tools already we touched on the previous posts about creating a sense of purpose or WHY, understanding WHO you are and WHAT your values are as well as creating your vision. What experience of flow can you share that could inspire others? What’s flow for you?
Need help creating your flow or aligning your values & goals with your vision?
Let’s start the New Year differently, let’s chat!