This picture is taken just “down the road a piece.” Today is Thanksgiving and this is right in the spirit. Free greens, kale, mustard & turnips. I picked the new young kale leaves and they were so tender they were almost sweet.
Be thankful every day .
Being in the flow to me means a feeling of everything going right- smoothly going along.Yesterday,Bella and I had the wonderful experience of litteraly being the the flow of the river. I knew that the days to do this were getting limited so for one last time this year Bella and I walked down the stream. This is at the Black Mountain Recreation park that I have spoken of before – the park that Bella and I go there to walk almost every day. Actually today we were in the flow there again while walking in the rain- different kind of flow- from the sky. Lest you think I am the only crazy person walking in the rain- there was another woman / dog with an umberella and two men in rain gear playing disc golf. I am guessing trying to throw the “frisbee” in the rain would be quite a handicap.
As I looked in Wikipedia for flow & in the flow I learned many things, including there is a psycology method called the flow method. The founder Mihály Csíkszentmihályi was fascinated by artists who get so engrossed in their work they forget to eat or sleep. Musicians and writers also talk about music or words just flowing into their minds. There is an experience I could stand to have.
The left half of the entire ceiling, after restoration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Historical sources hint that Michelangelo may have painted the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel while in a flow state. It is reported that he painted for days at a time, and he was so absorbed in his work that he did not stop for food or sleep until he reached the point of passing out. He would wake up refreshed and, upon starting to paint again, re-entered a state of complete absorption.
The in the flow I speak of is the “spiritual” kind where you feel enlived and at peace and oneness with the divine and all of creation. While I was walking in the river I started struggelling, my feet slipping on the stones and almost took a tumble twice which one does not want to do carring a camera. I stopped struggling, stood still, did some relaxation breathing and asked Spirit to guide my feet. After starting to walk again I was able to feel a oneness with the stream and did not slip again. Coincidence you say- maybe but it became so easy where it had been difficult.
The idea of flow has been around for a long time. First known to be used by the Roman Emperor Marcus Arelius (yes, the one from Gladiator) in his writings ‘the Meditations.’ Marcus wrote a lot about the flow of thoughts and happiness and he concluded that “most things flow naturally” and in his opinion it was better to “Go with the Flow” than to try and change society.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao-Tzu
“One of life’s best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.” ~ Robert Fulghum
I found this quote in the blog from Dennis Merritt Jones-author and speaker. This struck a cord with me. How often I do mistake an inconvenience for a problem. Fortunately I am learning to respond thoughtfully as opposed to just immediately reacting. I actually broke a few alarm clocks throwing them across the room because they rang- of course I was much younger. It reminds me of the bell that goes off in my mind when I use the words: never, always, must, can’t, and my personal favorite, should. I know they are just words but when I changed must and should in my mind to I choose to do something, it made a real difference. That old serenity prayer about knowing what you can change and what you can not change is real wisdom. I can only control and change myself and even that gets shaky sometimes. My thought for today. Just in case you think I am getting to serious I offer this prayer on a card my daughter gave to me.
“May those who Love us, truly Love us and those that can’t , May God turneth their hearts.
And if he can’t turn their hearts, May He turn their ankles so that we may know them by their limping.”