"Flow doesn't come to those who try to do things well. It comes to those who try to do things freely."
--- Barry Michaels
Each year, I always begin to think about and work with my "one little word" the same way: by inviting the word into my life.
I start with tangible things:
- I find quotes that inspire.
- I put the word in front of me.
- I start a word-inspired playlist.
- I identify books I want to read.
- I create a dedicated word journal.
- I search for a poem.
This kind of "stuff" helps me get my word firmly in my head, and sets the tone for the thinking-work ahead.
Next, I come up with a list of . . . things? activities? themes? . . . that might help me link up with my word through the year. Of course, this kind of list - put together at the beginning of the year - will change and evolve as the year goes on, but it does give me a place to begin.
On my list this year:
- Pay attention to things that flow (lunar cycles, my attention span, water . . . ).
- Give myself space (in my life, in my days, in my closet . . . ) to let ideas and thoughts flow more freely.
- Practice flow, especially related to my own creative activities.
- Analyze my own work flow -- figuring out how to give my days the structure I need while still allowing flow to happen.
- Show up in the "now" with intentional work on mindfulness and presence.
- Explore the work of Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, the founder of the "flow state" concept in psychology.
- Bring more yoga-flow to my life by doing . . . even more yoga.
- Let love flow by more intentionally practicing kindness.
I have no clever conclusions or meaningful progress or life changes to report yet. Just forward movement -- and a whole lot of ideas!
If you choose a word, what are some things you do as the year begins?