There is a Flow, a stream of energy, that contains a state of well-being, peace and love. This stream is available to all of us however there are many things that can block our experience of it. It is within our power to become knowledgeable about these obstacles in order to clear them. The gift for our efforts is the beauty, grace and quiet joy we can come to know within ourselves and our lives.
We all have felt this stream of energy and the gifts it provides at one time or another. It is essentially always there but something gets in the way of experiencing it more often and consistently.
Common Obstacles to Flow
Some common obstacles to experiencing a state of flow are physical ones. A good foundation that can help with these includes the right kinds of food, rest, exercise, air to breathe and proper breathing support the emergence of flow.
Beyond those things the greatest detriment to the proper energy flow and alignment is the functioning of our minds and the management of our emotions.
Being in charge of our mind is a lifelong challenge that requires commitment coupled with the tools to do the job! It does not need to be an arduous or daunting task if you become educated and adopt a light attitude with both the learning and doing.
Emotional Intelligence Assists Flow
We need the means to allow our emotions to have their voice, to learn from them, and to be able to use techniques that release feelings from our systems. Without the latter emotions get stuck within and create repeating loops of problems in our lives.
Emotional intelligence requires two components, (1) the mental capacity to name and talk about feelings, and (2) methods that dissolve resistance, and release the feelings from the body.
Emotional intelligence is a central element to being both fully human (E.G. accepting our imperfections even as we seek to grow) and have a growing edge that includes increasing self- knowledge, grace and skill. As we commit to this kind of conscious living, everything becomes more manageable; we develop inner ease and cultivate happiness!
Creating Flow in Mind-Body-Spirit
There are many ways to approach mastery of our mental and emotional selves. Much has been written about the various methods that address the management, transformation, and integration of our psychological selves.
What I would like to suggest here are two simple easy to use methods for you to try to create more flow in your bodymind and life.
(1)The first is to begin to ask yourself on a regular basis throughout your day if THIS (activity, thought, feeling) builds or depletes your energy. The “THIS” that you are asking the question about can be a mental process, an emotional pattern or a choice about a person, place or thing.
Asking this question helps to increase your self-awareness in regard to the choices you are making and thus helps to empower you to act more often on your own behalf rather than unconsciously giving your energy away.
(2)The other method helps through developing internal pathways in your brain and nervous system. Regularly give yourself 15-20 minutes to relax. In this time get in a comfortable position establish a nice even flow of breath and consciously let go of any body tension you fee. Relax as deeply as possible and imagine that you are gazing at a river that appears still as you view it. Walk slowly to the river in your mind’s eye and gently ease down into the water letting yourself float with the current.
Let your self fully experience the flow with all of your senses. Continue to just be with this sensation of flow enjoying all of the ease, peace and expansion. Let these feelings of inner ease, peace and expansiveness become your whole focus as you release into the rhythm of the water.
Stay as long as you like with this experience. Over time you will find that this pleasant exercise is creating a felt sense of flow deep within your core. Once you become accustomed to it you can have it as a touchstone to tap back into it during the day as needed.
There is so much angst in the world. If we are to be part of the change we would like to see externally, we need to begin by creating a dynamic inner space of harmony.