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An Experiment in Flow

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Do you get an adequate number of breaks during the year?  Everyone needs time off to rest, rejuvenate, play, explore, and, if it doesn’t scare you, infuse your life with more space.

I’m taking a break from blogging during the month of July.  I’ll also have time off from work for part of the month.  Aside from lots of rest, my main aspiration during this period is to learn to flow or, at least, get a start on it.

All my life, I’ve been on the go rather than in the flow.  I’ve pushed with my head instead of leading with my heart, listening to my intuition, or following the essence of my being.  Although I’ve gradually been making changes over the last few years, there are many times when I still push instead of following my flow.

Can we always be in our flow?  I don’t know.  You could call this an experiment in flow.  Hopefully, I’ll know more at the end of the month.  I don’t necessarily expect this to be easy for me because it’s my usual tendency to push, but I’m willing to begin.  How about you?

This doesn’t mean I’ll do nothing, although I might!  Essentially, I’ll follow my inner promptings instead of my “shoulds”.  I won’t  be on a full digital sabbatical as I’ll be working online part of the time, and participating in some e-courses like the Zen Habits Sea Change program.  And, I’ll take a day or two to wind down from social media and respond to your comments.

Personal Slogans or Reminders

The month will still be flavored by my personal aspirations which I’ve captured in the form of slogans or reminders:

  • Inner strength, resilience, and resolve.
  • Cutting the belief in self.
  • Acting from joy, enthusiasm, or curiosity instead of obligation.
  • Connection.
  • I have all that I need contained within my spiritual practice.
  • Quiet receptivity.
  • Let go of the struggle.
  • Mindfulness of the body.
  • Senses wide open.

Some of these are huge, like cutting the belief in self.  I don’t expect to accomplish that in one month, but it’s good to have a reminder to keep the aspiration and action alive in my life.

Need a Dose of Inspiration?

While I’m away in July, if you are new here or an oldie in need of dose of inspiration, please visit my Start Here page where you will find a full list of the best articles on Always Well Within.

I’ll be back in August with the next article in my series on Cultivating Genuine Compassion on the first Sunday of the month.

I’ll miss you, and wish you the very best for July.

Are you in your flow?  Do you ever use personal slogans to point your toward positive change and transformation?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

I’m so glad you’re here!  If you liked this article, please consider subscribing for free updates by email. With love, Sandra

 

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35 Comments

  1. Sandra, enjoy your time away. It sounds like a refreshing idea. I’ll look forward to your next post in August.

  2. I hope the time away is filled with flow and wonder! Enjoy the break!

  3. jean sampson

    Enjoy your break —-sounds like a lovely time for you— and I look forward to the time when you return!

  4. Enjoy- love the title of the post, yes to flow. One of your slogans caught my eye Cutting the belief in self. not sure what you mean ?
    Self belief is a good thing?
    Have a beautiful experiment.
    Namaste
    Suzie

    • Dear Suzie,

      This is a fundamental belief in the Buddhism, the self isn’t inherently existing at least not in the way we’re accustomed to thinking about it. It’s not permanent, singular, or independent. The belief in a solid self is what leads to suffering and grasping. That doesn’t means we can’t have positive esteem, but we realize the self-never existed in the first place. It’s just a label we attach to view pieces that have come together on a temporary basis like our body parts and mind. This is what the Dalai Lama says about it in short:

      “SELFLESSNESS AND NO-SELF

      With regard to selflessness, it is necessary to know what “self” is—to identify the self that does not exist. Then one can understand its opposite, selflessness. Selflessness is not a case of something that existed in the past becoming non-existent; rather, this sort of “self” is something that never did exist. What is needed is to identify as non-existent something that always was nonexistent, for due to not having made such identification, we are drawn into the afflictive emotions of desire and hatred as well as all the problems these bring.”

      Of course, the idea of “no-self” is a profound concept and one that takes time to understand and get used to! Let me know if you would like further clarification. Much love to you.

  5. Good luck with the flow…I started this when i was only working part time and I enjoyed it…then I was working full time and an hour away from home and the flow got away from me…now with retirement I hope to connect to the flow again.

    • Interesting! It seems like it would be harder to be in flow when we have more responsibilities. I curious to see what I’ll find out myself. I’m doing the experiment in my down time in hopes that I will be able to be flow into my busier times as well. I hope you’ll be able to reconnect with your flow at this new stage of your life. Lovely to see you!

  6. Ahh, that sounds lovely. I could really use a break myself. I’ve been thinking about flow myself lately, and in fact I heard that concept mentioned in a documentary called “Happy” just yesterday. It’s supposed to be a key component of happiness.

    So have a lovely time, and let us know what you found out when you get back! 🙂

    • Thanks for your good wishes, Jennifer. I hope you find some time for a break too even if it’s a short one. Interesting, I didn’t know that piece about flow and its connection to happiness. I’m sure I’ll be sharing when I return.

  7. I envy your bravery girlfriend. I would love to disconnect. I’m always pushing and never in the flow. Looking forward to learning how it went for you. Have a wonderful time!

    • Hi Vanita,

      Thanks, I hope you do get to disconnect at some point! Sometimes we need to push, but it’s nice to counterbalance it with slowing down or being in the flow. I appreciate your kind words.

  8. Enjoy your flow time Sandra…can’t wait to hear more about your experiences. Maybe you’ll be guided to write a little about it…even before the end of July.

    Flow sometimes works in mysterious ways.

    Meanwhile, have fun.

    • That’s very possible, Elle! I was already writing this morning in the car. I had to pull over to catch the words. It wasn’t about flow this time, but you never know when it might flow into flow! Thanks for your clarity and encouragement.

  9. I hope you find deep peace and satisfaction during your break. I’ve decided to extend mine another month, and we’ll see what happens then. My current slogan of choice is from the Tao Te Ching. “Ever desireless one can see the mystery.”

  10. No doubt that anyone who constantly push themselves (I’m holding my hand up) need a break now and then to allow the mind to shut down and rest for a while. I find myself trying to convince myself that I am following my heart by pushing myself to the limits. I know that if you don’t pursue a dream while it is fresh on your heart it will go cold after a while.

    If being in flow is shutting off the computer to take a break from the action, I am WAY out of flow:) It is a simple concept – but sometimes it takes a reminder – thank you Sandra – for it to register.

    Enjoy your time off!

    John

    • You’re welcome, John. And, I wish you the very best in finding the right balance for you. Sometimes we have the energy and the desire to put all our time into a heartfelt project. Life goes in cycle, but in the long run, it helps, I think, to find our own flow and to discover balance. Good luck!

  11. Dear Sandra, I don’t come by your site often enough – good intentions that never get put into action, I’m afraid. As you go for your break do know that your choices are so inspiring to me. I’m looking forward to catching up on your series on Compassion while you take a break. ♥

    • Thank you, dear Corinne. I feel the same way as I appreciate you and your writing so much too. Thanks for these very sweets words. I look forward to connecting more.

  12. Have a good break Sandra! I’m taking off a couple of weeks too in July – hoping to be rested, refreshed and inspired when I get back! I like the idea of a personal slogan too – someone else mentioned personal motto. I’m going to have to think about this (during this time off) and see what comes up. I think some forms of gratefulness and forgiveness will be on that list:)

    • Thank you, Vishnu! I hope you have a good break too. Those are important qualities to have on our personal menu, and I bet slogans can really help as reminder. Let us know how it goes. Wonderful to see you.

  13. Love your blog and the content you share here!
    Unplug and look at ourself feels oftentimes so refreshing and is like a long nightsleep after a hard day.
    Wish you a beautiful time
    Eos

    • I love the analogy of a long sleep after a hard day, Eos! Your blog is so gorgeous. I love visiting you studio and various rooms. Thanks for the tour!

  14. Are you familiar with “The Power of Flow” by Charlene Belitz? I have found that book very helpful when trying to have more flow in my life. Enjoy!

    • Hi Terrie,

      No, I’m not familiar with that book. Thanks for the suggestion. I haven’t read any books on the top, just free-flowing!

  15. Hello Sandra, pleased to read your article. I’m glad to learn you’re now off for rest and vacation as well. I think everyone needs break after doing busy works. Breaks always provides new ideas along with refreshment and relaxation also. So enjoy break and looking forward to learn more experience from your vacation!! 🙂

  16. Sandra,
    My personal favorite personal slogan for positive change is ‘pick your goals’. I believe we all need to choose what to direct our energies towards. I completely agree with your perspective that taking breaks is so important. We generally tend to be so involved with work and all that’s going on in our lives that we forget the need for rejuvenation.

    • Hi Pooja,

      Setting our direction is so important, I agree. Thanks for sharing your personal slogan. I bet it keeps you o track!

  17. Absolutely love envisioning you sitting somewhere near water, just being in the flow. I hope you are enjoying your time off and I’ll look forward to reading more about it in August.

  18. Take your time and enjoy. I know when your back blogging, your next post would be truly “inspired”. Have a great time!

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