At the beginning of the year (you know . . . back when it all seemed so fresh and inviting and full of possibility?), I chose FLOW as my word for 2020. But it wasn't an obvious word choice. It was more that I had a . . . concept. . . in mind long before I had a word.
My concept? Well, I'd just spent a year on "intention" -- and I'd done a lot of work developing my personal values and understanding how important alignment is when it comes to intention, and - here is the biggie - coming to grips with reality-meeting-intentions. I really wanted to continue that work, but with a little more energy and some action -- and much more thinking.
I knew from the start that I wanted to focus more on mindfulness, and I wanted to explore how mindfulness could apply to my work flow and my creative flow. I wanted to do some very specific, flowing kind of movements -- more frequent yoga flows, for example, and spending more time on the water kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. I had been wanting to get away from calendar-time and tune in more to the lunar phases. And, mostly, I wanted to accept how to just . . . let that shit go . . . in my life.
One word just kept popping up as I thought about my concept: FLOW. So I went with it! It felt right to me. I decided to just kind of . . . see where the word took me. I didn't want to establish any set plans or specific goals, though. Not really. Because . . . that just seemed to be the antithesis of FLOW. Right?
How could I have known then . . . what 2020 would throw my way!?!
Because, yeah. A global pandemic will kind of upend Every. Single. Thing.
Requiring . . . that you go with the flow!
FLOW . . . because no other alternative, really.
Things I'm learning these days (about living through a pandemic AND about going with the flow):
- Mindfulness . . . is the key to getting me through my days.
- Calendar? What calendar? I'll pay attention to the moon instead!
- Stay rooted . . . but flow! Change is everywhere.
- Solitary time . . . brings clarity. And resourcefulness.
- Getting into flow (through exercise or creative pursuits) . . . invites release, escape, and peace.
- Let go of control . . . to see what emerges.
"Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing."
--- Jon Kabat-Zinn
How about YOU? What are you learning from your word this year?