The Tao That is Written is Not the Tao
This page about feeling in flow will attempt to help you with questions like: What do I do about this feeling? (Enjoy!) How do I hold onto it? What does it mean? (Quick answer: feeling in flow is ‘You in action not held back by your thinking’ – a thought-less you, so to speak. Or, more fancifully, you as a form of yoga…)
Another three minute guide to a common thought/feeling (a la The 3 Principles).
My Thoughts About Feeling In Flow
Hmm, the feeling of flow.
Even just thinking about this feeling, and how it manifests in me, puts me in a good feeling.
So let me share with you how feeling in flow looks to me, and you can compare it then to how it feels for you:
- Dancing to a piece of music that I love. Whether it’s on Spotify, or the radio. A piece of music can ‘enter’ me in such a way that I feel compelled to stop everything and just dance – baby! – just dance. Move, listen, respond… enjoy. Words do not do this experience any justice whatsoever. (A dancer understands.)
- I sing to myself, sometimes – a made up refrain that makes no sense to anyone (even me), but still I sing. Hmm, I loop the refrain over and over again, feel how it sounds in my body, hear how it sounds in the world. Wonderful feeling.
- Writing is one of my favourite forms of feeling in flow. And I enjoy riffing on video too. Both activities require a ‘general direction of travel’, a theme to write or vlog about, and then off I go – whooosh! Easy, enjoyable, and empowering. (Mistakes happen, naturally, but they’re never that important to stop wanting to create this way.)
Hmm you could add love-making to this list, kissing, smiling too – all wonderful acts of openness, acts of creation. Flowing with others is perhaps even greater fun that flowing on your own.
More About Feeling in Flow
As you can see, flow is definitely a form of thought-less action – I just do it, and keep doing it and that’s that. (Unlike Neo in The Matrix doing the Jump Program for the first time, I don’t pause to look down, I keep flying. I don’t wonder how I look or how I sound, I just do it. No time for thinking, just acting.)
Flow is definitely a form of yoga (the point of the ride is the ride) – you do it for the enjoyment of doing it, that is all. (No outcome is necessary. Just like laughing, really. No one has ever wondered why a person would want to laugh, have they?)
Flow is a form of who we can be when we get out of our own way and just show up.
Just show up. See who you are. This very moment.
A bit like me right now as I write these ‘thoughts about feeling’ pages – I just start to type, and see what words want to be typed, what words flow. I hardly ever make corrections, afterwards either. Simple. And all because I love sharing myself this way, love experiencing myself in flow like this.
How about you, then, how do you flow? Do let me know, please do – see below.
About Feeling In Flow – The Inside-Out Understanding
The ultimate example of feeling in flow is simply Being Yourself – Your True Self, though, the enlightened version that really does live each and every moment as if it were new, where everything that your thinking creates is noticed and responded to with neutrality. (Wow, can you imagine that?)
So let’s assume you are not Eckart Tolle (on an enlightened day) or Byron Katie or even the late Sydney Banks, and let’s assume you experience flow some times in your life and not others. Let’s talk about that flow, from an Inside-Out perspective then:
Flow is acting on your thinking with zero or very little thinking about that thinking
Feeling in flow really is a child-like experience of life, as an adult. Flow is being the Creator That You Are without being impacted (closed down) by what you create. Being In Flow is being fully okay (and accepting) of All That You Are (the light and the dark).
Sydney Banks’ ever more popular words really do ring true here, they do:
If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience, that alone would change the world
Being unafraid of your experience?
That alone would put you in a state of flow.
Simple as that.
Feeling in flow is feeling Who You Are. And you this experience could come to you via dancing or singing or sex (or walking, cooking or doing DIY), but it’s always there waiting for you to experience no matter what you do (or don’t do), because it really is who you are.
There really is nothing to do, just BE..
Oh yes, you better believe that transformative coaching is about getting people to recognise Their True Selves like this, is about helping a person feel more in flow. Absolutely!
About Feeling In Flow – Video
Here’s what I was inspired to share in a video I recorded in October, 2015:
Thoughts About Feelings Video Series MENU:
Introduction | Angry | Anxious | Broken-Hearted | Confident | Confused | Contented | Defensive | Depressed | Disappointed | Enthusiastic | Fearful | (In) Flow | Foolish | Frustrated | Fulfilled | Hopeless | Overwhelmed | Sad | Uncertain | Unwell (ILL)
"If you don't have a smile, I'll give you one of mine." – Unknown
(A SMILE video and more smile quotes here!)
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