Flowing is something I first learned in Yoga.
I used to practice Vinyasa Yoga daily and I can still remember the first time I was truly in a state of flow. It probably only lasted thirty seconds. As I was moving through my vinyasa, suddenly it felt as if all of my energy channels were spinning and glowing and exuding a beautiful sense of purpose. I moved through each position so naturally, as if something was carrying me through. My mind was elated and I began to cry yet that did not interrupt my movement. I kept moving effortlessly yet with full energy and purpose.
When it was over – my mini state of nirvana – I was profoundly changed. I had flowed. And not just any sort of flowing. The type of flowing where every little thing leads up to this one moment that is so correct that your body and its energy channels and movements are so connected that a state of bliss occurs. I was doing what I was meant to be doing and no energy could stop my flow.
I look for this flow regularly within my work and career. Lucky for me, I was able to emulate the flow I experienced with yoga into my daily life.
I have entered lines of work and started projects that I do not have to force myself to begin. Somehow my body and mind are flowing and the real challenge is getting me to stop.
Once you are in the flow, you are in the flow! And the flow can be difficult to get into. Once in, it says a few things about what you are currently doing:
- It matches with your highest potential and highest self’s dreams.
- You are committing and acting on something with passion.
- You have found meaning and challenge in creativity.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow, said:
“To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.”
When you find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances, you have found your flow.
For me, REVUE has provided that exact sense of enjoyment and purpose regardless of external or negative events happening around me. It grounds me back to passion. It grounds me back to myself.
But how does one find their flow or experience it to its fullest?
Finding your flow comes naturally for some – “I was born an artist” or “I have always known I wanted to be a lawyer.”
Others have to find it, stumble upon it, figure it out along the way.
I place somewhere in between those two spectrums. I always knew what I loved – writing, reading, being in the aesthetic fields. However, it took me awhile to find out where my specific flow lived within the broad fields of creativity.
If you are stuck and unable to find your flow, keep trying things. Say yes to experiences. Try something new. Never limit your skill set. Always think outside of the box. Give yourself sometime before you throw in the towel. Attempt to master something. Keep reading. Eyes open at all times.
Eventually all of your exploring will lead you to the one thing that will make you flow. Suddenly, you won’t want to waste another second. All you will want to do is get started, jump in deep, lose yourself in a project or career path or non profit or hobby or creative outlet that makes you feel as if there is no other option for you than this.
Then, you will be flowing!
Allow the flow to come.
Happy creating everyone!
Photos by Arielle Levy