Why Are You in Such a Hurry?
In order to create a state of flow, it is important to be aware that the state of being in a hurry disrupts the flow. Options is another word for choices; what will you consciously choose to do or how will you choose to be to move into the space of love and out of any resistance into your flow?
As we continue our conversation about staying in Flow, let’s recap our FLOW acronym that supports you in changing your negative dialogue into a positive flowing monologue:
F – Think Frequency – What is your Frequency?
L – Is Love our operating System?
O – What are your options to move into the space of love?
W – Where will you put your attention now?
O = Options
This last month, I took a yoga class and did an exercise I had no business doing. As I was doing the exercise (even though I told myself I do not need to be doing this), I could feel my body did not want to do it, and I did it anyway. I should have listened to my body; as a result, I hurt my right knee. It didn’t pop or crack, but it was sore and taxed. I have had problems with this knee in the past, and it was in really good shape when I started this yoga class as I had rehabbed it and gotten it really strong.
As a result of this exercise, my chiropractor said no spinning, no yoga, and be mindful of your knee. I could only ride the recumbent bike and continue light weights and more stretching exercises. Hurting my knee has been a great vehicle for learning how to slow down, create new options for myself, and listen to my body and what it desires. The opposite of what I did in that yoga class where I injured it.
In this example, I want to point out that I was pushing against my self rather than letting my body guide me. Now I no longer have a choice and have to let my body be my guide as to what I can and cannot do when it comes to movement and exercise.
This experience is what has gotten me to slow down, to be more present in my body, and to notice when I start walking fast or thinking I have to be in a hurry and be quick. I realized this pattern of hurrying was all based in my need to control the outcome rather than be with the present moment and flow.
My options to move into the space of Love required myself to slow down and be conscious of what I was feeling and what my body wanted. When I started thinking I have to hurry, I automatically moved out of a state of flow and into a state of needing to control. In the past when I would take a break from work and go to a spinning or yoga class, I am now having to make more conscious, deliberate choices about what will help my knee heal, so it may only be a 20-minute ride with no tension on the recumbent bike instead of a 30-minute cardio blasting sweaty spin class. I no longer could go to hot yoga and sweat, stretch and balance I am now trying Tai Chi and gentle stretching yoga.
What I have realized in this injury is that my old options had become automatic and almost rote because I had been doing them for so long. Once options become rote or routine, they can become no longer useful to helping us grow and develop deeper into consciousness.
This is also similar to a job you outgrow. You start coasting and not really learning anything new; you begin to take it for granted and stifle your ability to keep expanding by not doing something different. You get comfortable, and the job becomes almost rote.
I am now practicing being present when I start speeding up and thinking I have to be in a hurry. I realize our entire world runs on being in a hurry, focusing on things that jack up our adrenaline and keep us going, doing and distracted. I know I am not the only one exhibiting this behavior or belief!
In taking the Tai Chi class, I realized my options are much more about bringing my presence to my flow. This is a martial art in the form of a moving meditation with major health benefits. I feel so much more relaxed when I consciously choose to slow myself down in my thoughts, breathing and the way I walk. Even in thinking I have to say something in a conversation; I am now listening more.
Options are about making conscious choices that feel good and that continue to open and stretch you into more awareness of yourself and your world around you. It’s an opportunity to try new things and keep exploring new ways of being.
When your operating system is not in the space of love – when you are not thinking positive grateful thoughts – where is your operating system operating from? Stop, Pause and Ask.
What is your body guiding you to do? Maybe you need to process your thoughts with someone or maybe you need to dance – whatever it may be, take the time to slow down and listen to what your body is guiding you to do in that moment. Take the opportunity to try new things and see what gets revealed for you. Allow yourself to be impacted by the moment and listen to yourself and those around you.
Exploring your Options is prompting you to realize you are always at choice in how you choose to feel and be. You create your reality, and it is up to you to choose what options will move you into the state of flow, love and an open heart. In this space is where our frequency shines, where we magnetize what we desire, and where we feel the happiest because we are choosing to move with the divine flow within us rather than against us. This is living in a state of flow where we are enjoying the ride downstream, rather than pushing the boulder uphill.
The choice is always yours – may this FLOW methodology support you in bringing more of your brilliant flow to the world around you this month.