The Power of Flow
Never underestimate the power of flow. It is a state of being that brings all kinds of amazing things to the surface.
Flow is defined as the timeless space in our heads that we experience when distinctly engaged in whatever we are doing. Athletes call it the Zone. It is moment in time when you experience your true self without self-censure or a single look at the clock.
You simple are.
In his book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell speaks of that moment in our thinking when our inner voice (in a process he calls thin-slicing – that is, just a little bit of information is all we need to make a profound decision) takes centerstage. When we start to overthink things, that is when we get into trouble, make bad decisions and overpower ourselves with too much information. When it comes to effective decision making, less, he says, really is more.
When you are in state of flow, you experience none of that. You have just enough information to keep yourself going. It is an informed state, a peaceful one. Add a dash of love and you are set. For life.
Every morning I intentionally place myself into a state of flow by merely declaring it. I decide it is time to open up the universal channels of positive energy and literally let it flow.
And flow it does. It is amazing what happens when you let go. You release mental blockages to make room for the good stuff.
It is a great way to start the day. It is kind of like yoga for the mind. You release, breathe and allow everything simply to unfold.
A flash mob is a great example of intentional flow. Oh sure, it is something practiced, staged and rehearsed. But what actually comes out of it is a kind of flow between the surprised audience and the flash mob players.
Whenever I get off course and out of flow, I remind myself that everything happens for a reason. What part of this experience is necessary for me to learn what I need to know?
Sometimes I defer the learning experience by telling myself I will indeed think about it later. I commit a time in my mind to do so. Inevitably, it pops up just when I need to reflect on the lesson I have to learn. So then I process whatever experience I have had, either by writing about it or talking out loud to a friend or even myself.
And the very act of doing that places me right back into the flow of things.
Try it. You might like it.
Imagine a world in which we are all in flow at the same time. Now that is a world worth living in.