How to Be Still in the Flow
This month I am going to continue the topic of FLOW and how to stay in an energetic frequency that supports your growth, calmness and enjoying your days of summer ahead.
So much of our experience takes place in our head; in my blogs this month, I will be sharing tools and topics around how to stay in your body and create inner calm. Inner calm is the root of confidence, happiness and contentment.
We are now in a culture where the ability to gather information is less important than the ability to sift through it. Creating time and space for stillness is an act of self-care and valuable information that can support your growth and development as a human being in all areas of your life. The frequency of how you flow or resist life is something that determines your experiences, and it is in the stillness that this becomes clearer.
One of the key ways to stay in the flow is to allow silence into your day. Because of the constant flow of information bombarding all of us, it is important for your health to have a system in place that supports your ability to be quiet and to listen to the silence. This creates space in your brain to think, to dream and to rest. This impacts your nervous system, your emotions, attitude and the quality of your work.
According to Daniel Goleman, Psychologist and Author, “The body is designed to be energetic and active and then recover. People don’t have any recovery time; there’s been this silent invisible ratcheting up of invasion of our space. The result, he says, is that everyone’s multitasking like crazy, and the more you do it, the worse you get at it.”
One of the practices he recommends is mindfulness meditation, which involves creating space to breath and to be. Being mindful of your breath, a word, and being with that experience instead of adding more stuff or information to your experience. In creating a practice of this type, you allow your thoughts to be present, but you do not put attention on them. Instead, put your attention on another point of focus, like a calming word or counting your breaths instead of your thoughts. You will still hear your thoughts in the back of your mind, but your point of focus will be the word you choose to use to synchronize with your breath. You can even count your breaths: inhale think 1, exhale think 2; go to 10 and then start over.
This helps build concentration in your mind and with practice, it moves your thoughts to be in the background. This gives you permission to rest and no longer be a slave to your mind, but instead, train your mind to be a slave to you. This allows for the space to listen for what is under all your thoughts.
This is where your intuition and insight live. When you incorporate daily silence, you give permission for your intuition to communicate more to you and create the space to hear its wise insight and expand your awareness. The more your awareness expands, the greater choices you experience.
Here is a simple meditation I invite you to try out and see how you experience yourself differently. If you can commit to a daily practice for a period of time, you will reap the rewards. I will be talking more about this aspect of building a practice in my blogs, so stay tuned.
Starting a practice of silence could result in the most positive, healing changes of your life. It has and continues to be that for me.
I talk about it more in this fun Facebook Live Interview with 4 Chicks Chatting.