“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” ~
Have you ever had an experience where you are so immersed in what you are doing, you lose track of time, space, people, even whether you’ve eaten or what you are physically feeling?
This is the feeling of FLOW.
Flow is where we find the “divine” within us. Knowing the feeling of flow teaches us what we are called to do -if we ignore it, if we deny it, it will pursue us -until we heed its calling. In flow we experience the essential reason we are here.
In flow we are in the service of performance. It is there that we experience an energetic alignment, where we are no longer separate from our talent.
How to get there?
When we talk about flow, I ask my clients to tell me about a time when they were so engaged in an activity, a practice or an endeavor that there was no resistance, time had escaped them, they had no external needs. In that place, they had discovered a truth; a peace in knowing this is where they belonged. I ask how does it feel? What percentage of your life are you in flow? How do you get to that place?
Balance between challenges and skills
Focus, no distractions
Faith, no worry of failure
Time to practice
Flow requires time and practice. It requires letting go, and acceptance. It doesn’t seek to be perfect or finished. It means allowing ones’ self to be present and focused and available for what occurs in the act of what we must express. We can’t force being in flow –it is a singular journey where we experience the ultimate talent and gifts we have to offer. It is where we trust so unconsciously we are not thinking about the next step.
A pitcher stands, stadium packed, bases loaded, tied game, 2nd out, top of the ninth- and anything can happen. For him, the game is his to win -every second he has lived has brought him to this moment. What does it take for him to strike the batter out? Watch a conductor at the Philharmonic; watch a prima ballerina, Pavarotti, Yo-Yo Ma, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Adele. See it in a Picasso, a Monet, and a Renoir- it is there in every great work of art, literary work, every brilliant performance.
Alan Cumming brought the seemingly impossible task of portraying Macbeth and every one of 15 roles on Broadway. He was quoted as saying it was the most thrilling thing he had ever done, but after his first performance, he thought he was going to die.
When I saw the play, I couldn’t reconcile how a single human mind could contain all of the raw data of the material, let alone the postures he held and the unique nuances and mannerisms of every character. Additionally he had the emotional capacity to “manage” all of the interior and exterior pieces. – The word “compartmentalize” seems an understatement. I am not sure what it would feel like to take on such a monumental task, but sitting in the audience I was moved to tears by the commitment, the focus, the integrity and precision of his performance. All of that conspired to tell the story of his talent. I am convinced it was not a mere choice, it was stunning to watch- and we who witnessed the work saw the delivery of the divine within him (whatever he perceived it to be) we witnessed the miraculous.
It might come in 5-minute intervals; it may be that you are there for hours.
In flow you deliver your optimal performance. Remember it and savor it- work for it, stay in it. In flow, there is no resistance, only abundance. In flow we are in service to ourselves so that others may know our gifts.