Iguazu Falls, Argentina. Circa 2010. And what does circa mean anyway....?
I've been trying hard to recognize and enjoy my moments of flow. I love this chart here that describes flow as "a state in which it feels like time stand still... you're so focused on what you're doing that you become one with your task. Nothing is distracting or competing for your focus."
I think of it as a moment when you are so totally involved in what you are doing that it's impossible to think of anything else. You are completely wrapped up in that moment and are able to be 100% present. You look around and all you want is that exact moment right there.
The funny thing about flow is that if you are trying to have it, you have a lot more of it. Say what?!? The more I focus on enjoying the moments that came to me and bask in it, the more I realize how many of those moments I have.
- Stepping outside during my lunch break one beautiful day last week. I took my lunch, my diet coke, and my book. I sat on the lawn next to my classroom for thirty minutes and just let that sun come down on me while I read my book uninterrupted. I wanted nothing else in life.
-Driving home from a Blogger Roundtable last week. I felt so lucky to know such incredible women and to have blogging as a way to cultivate lasting relationships. There are so many fabulous people out there to meet. (Aubrey recapped it here.) I drove home with the windows down and the music blasting and the night was so perfect. Almost a Perks of Being a Wallflower "We were infinite" moment. Almost.
- Playing Ticket to Ride with my mom and Greg last night- just the three of us. It's my mom's favorite game so if we have a few minutes on Sunday night I like to play it with her. We chatted for a long time before we even set the board up and I felt so totally blessed to be next to people I care so much about. It was one of those subtle moments of peace and tranquility and all things wonderful in this life.
- I took 112 students to see The Great Gatsby today. Greg came along for the ride. My favorite scene in the book is when Nick arranges a meeting between Daisy and Gatsby and Gatsby is a freaking ball of nerves waiting for Daisy to come over. The scene in the book is hilarious, and I was delighted the movie followed the text so closely. When Gatsby runs around the house and knocks on the door my students filled the theater with their laughter, and we all reveled in the moment together because we understood the colossal importance of that moment. (Because boy, did we study that book!) I sat there, surrounded by my favorite students and thought how incredibly blessed I have been to teach those tikes the past three years.
- Friday night I treated myself to a pedicure and had the nicest girl who did my toes up all nice and pretty. I sat back, let her massage those feet, and focused on nothing else but that exact moment. (Secret: If you constantly tell your pedi girl what a great masseuse she is she will massage you much longer and much better than normal.)
When were your moments of flow this week? Don't have any? Make a conscious effort to "flow" and I can bet you will be surprised with how often flow comes to you.. Do you think you can have five flow moments a week? Write them down when they come to you, and I guarantee you will be shocked at the sheer magnitude of your flow.
I am done being mini buddha now.
Over and out.