Recently I was reading a book about living in the present and being mindful of my environment. I have always found this so difficult to do. Some times I master it for a little while and then I slip back into old habits.
Then I was thinking about my need to be ever vigilant to my environment; always trying to pre-guess what will happen next and the need to be ready to respond in a way that would keep up the peace and harmony around me. For me, being (1) in that state of “high alert” and (2)being present in the moment, are very different states of mind.
Some times in my life I have experienced being ‘in the flow’. My first memories of that were at school when I was sewing. I had an incredibly strong need to get to the finished product and then I felt free of the enormous pressure within. I still don’t really understand what was going on. I don’t think I was comfortable with a creative urge. I didn’t know how to handle it.
I also experienced this ‘flow’ with my school work – in things such as spelling, grammar, writing, maths, singing… Today I experience it when I am engrossed in writing.
In many of the roles I undertook in the community sector I experienced this ‘flow’. When I was working with others of similar minds and we were working to meet similar good outcomes for disadvantaged people – it just felt that I was in the right place at the right time and experienced the feeling that our loftiest goals were attainable – and often they were reached.
There are times when everything seems to “come together” and that is a great feeling. I don’t believe it is accidental though. I think it has a lot to do with knowing what I want and putting in the work to achieve it. Maybe there is a little bit of magic there as well, that makes it all work out.
It feels great when I can use my skills and abilities to get a good outcome and really enjoy the process as well!
- How to Lose Yourself in Your Writing (lisarivero.com)