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Finding Your Flow
Posted: 9/19/2011 | Personal Development Comments
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There I am working by the ocean. Ahhh, I love summer.

I can’t believe that we are at the end of summer 2011. With my father’s illness and his subsequent death at the end of July, it didn’t feel much like the pleasures of summer.

As we move into fall, we’re moving into not only endings but also beginnings. It’s the new school year and that always feels like a time for growing and moving toward new goals. Finding our inner natural flow helps us step up to our next challenges and accomplishments. No matter what your job or career is, we are more creative, productive and happier if we are in our flow.

I was on the radio show 'A Conscious Life' with Lama Suyra Das this week and we were talking about the importance of flow. According to Hungarian psychology professor and positive psychologist, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, flow is “completely focused motivation.”

Flow is considered a “mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.” I would describe it as a state that is simultaneously an emotional, mental and spiritual. I’m sure that you can relate to feeling single-mindedly absorbed in an activity that is in the service of something that feels deeper/higher in your life. It is said that the hallmark of flow is a “feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task” although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one's emotions.

I certainly experienced tremendous flow in the past when I danced, acted or sang. I can say that much of my life feels in the flow today. When I have sessions with clients, walk or paint, I feel in the flow. When I write, hours can go by fully immersed and when I teach I’m in the flow. .

Finding our flow is so important in fulfilling our life purpose and shepherding our gifts and talents. Click here

May you find your flow today and reach your highest/deepest longings.

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