‘How the Cat Got Nine Lives’
Flow, we all want it, but can we always find it?
Flow, that wonderful feeling of ease and spontaneity, when life seems to magically take you forward. It feels great doesn’t it? And it really doesn’t matter what you’re doing because it all flows together seamlessly.
And then there’s the times when you wonder ‘where did the flow go?’ Things seem awkward, frustrating, uneasy, unsettling. Kind of like walking through thick mud and rough terrain, whilst getting caught on thorny branches. We try to grab at flow and it just doesn’t work!
So, how do you find flow?
Do you just make a start at something? Do you decide to have a day off, go for a walk or lie down and rest? Do you pray to the gods of flow to come to the rescue? Do you work on untangling yourself, finding easier ground to ‘walk’ or analysing the mental, emotional or physical blocks that are blocking the flow? Do you talk to a friend, tidy the house or set an intention?
All of these and more are no doubt good strategies…
Flow, when the paint is just the right consistency and applies to the surface with ease
Flow, when your hand draws well and lines have fluidity
Flow, when ideas simply arrive
Flow, when the painting takes you on an unexpected journey and tells you what to do
Flow, when your ego is sound asleep and you’re in the present moment, alive to the creative process not giving two hoots what the end result is
Flow, when you don’t run out of loo paper and have good food to eat!
Flow, when there is a sense of purpose in your art and you’re committed to it
Flow, when you trust the process and that and that alone is enough
Flow, when you allow life and creativity to happen
Flow, when you honour your voice and your life and don’t think it needs fixing or improving
Flow, accepting and enjoying what is
Flow the only way to go!
And here is the dictionary definition ‘…moving in a steady continuous stream or a supply of something…’
I love it!
Moving … steady… continuous… stream… Allowing a steady stream forward. Energy from within, energy from without… allowing the continuous supply of inspiration to move steadily through us…a stream of consciousness, like this blog! Trusting the rainy July Monday morning flow!