When writing I try and spend a lot of time trying to get into the creative flow, where the ideas seem to slip off the end of my pen. It feels magical when I create like this. There are so many possibilities. I’m relaxed, happy, and feeling capable of anything. On a side note, it doesn’t mean what I write is perfect and won’t need editing, that will need to be done later, first the words need to be written, and when in a creative flow this happens more easily.
Writing in the flow is also when I’m not pushing through a block, or dealing with doubt, or obsessing whether or not the story is any good. When in the flow I’m at peace with myself, and my surroundings, and what I am creating. This extends into life, not just when I’m writing.
The other day, I had an entire day of being in the flow. I was relaxed, and I moved gracefully from one job to the next. I felt at peace, even when things went wrong. I kept a level-head and problem solved then moved on. Reflecting on the day, I couldn’t help see how being in what I term my flow that this is how life is meant to be lived. I was fulfilled, and satisfied. And I did it without trying or setting my intention to be in the flow, or to get certain jobs done that day.
By doing so, I felt and experienced what a day of being in the flow is like. The way it felt will be my compass to find this flow again, something I can tap into when preparing for a day or when turning a negative day around.
Something else I got out of the day was how this flow is similar but also different to the type of flow I experience when writing. This flow wasn’t a creative flow. I didn’t write that day. It was more like a graceful dance throughout the day moving both the good, the bad and the ugly through me. I experienced the emotions, and feelings, and then let go as the dance continued leaving space for new sensations to be felt.
Being in this life flow isn’t only good for well-being but also for generating creative solutions, innovative ideas, intuitive insights both personally and socially. It’s when you are in this frame of mind when solutions surface, even simple things like a particular way home which ends up saving time. Overall, it’s a more peaceful and harmonious way to untangle thoughts and focus is balanced with you and your environment, which is better than forcing an outcome, which is often driven by modern life and work goals, and the pursuit of success.
Now I’ve done it and managed to capture the experience and compare it to the creative flow I’m very familiar with, it will be easier for me to slip into this flow of life in the future – starting with tomorrow.