“The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you’re supposed to go up and down when you’re supposed to go down. When you’re supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. When you’re supposed to go down, find the deepest well and go down to the bottom. When there’s no flow, stay still.” ~ Haruki Murakami
Want to feel better, have more energy and live longer? Look no further than regular, old-fashioned, exercise. Exercise keeps us focused and helps to maintain balance and rhythm.
How much control do we have over our experiences, performances, or interactions? We don’t control very much because every experience, interaction, and situation already has a natural rhythm to it. This rhythm is determined by what is the best combination of environment, actions, and efforts to attain a maximum result. This natural rhythm is called flow and we choose to either resist the flow or join it. Going against the flow results in struggle, frustration, and errors. When joining the flow, we experience ease, awareness, and know what to do next.
To join the flow in any circumstance, you can follow these three steps:
- Get a sense and feel for the rhythm of the situation, experience, or interaction (as Mr. Van Damme does in the above video). Do this by avoiding forcing, controlling, or acting to make something happen. Simply be with it.
- Trust the flow by not expecting it to be a certain way or attaching meanings to what is happening. The flow is always taking the direction of success, we only choose to join it or go against it.
- Allow the flow with confidence in the abilities, intentions, and preparation for success. Fearing or not understanding what is happening doesn’t stop the flow; the flow continues, it just goes past us or around us.
Joining the flow is the only way to achieve and experience success in any experience, performance or interaction. It is neither a passive process nor a destiny. Join the flow by getting a sense of the rhythm, trusting the direction, and confidently allowing the flow to create success. It will – it always does.
Think of being in flow as a leap of faith. 🙂