She grabbed a hair elastic and put it between her to two fingers. When the elastic is loose, gathering around the base of our fingers, she shared that we are not being challenged enough in life, there is almost no stress (positive or negative). When the elastic is pulled so tightly it almost breaks, this is where we feel like we are sprinting, panting heavy, difficulty continuing, and feeling like things are difficult or take a lot of work. In between the two, is where we are in flow. Some stress or resistance is needed for flow.
Flow is a word that I deeply desire in life. The idea of being in flow to me sound challenging yet enjoyable. I think about a Flow Class in Yoga, where you move seamlessly from one pose to the next. It made me reflect on moments in my life when I have felt 'in-flow'. I realized, for me, much of this has to do with scheduling and honouring some key commitments. Feeling in flow, for me, can't happen without self-care (water, nutrition, exercise, mindfulness). Feeling in flow doesn't mean that life isn't challenging, but it does mean I am ready to accept its challenges.
I am curious:
- When were you last in flow?
- How did it make you feel?
- What would it be like if you felt in-flow today?