Sometimes I’ll be at the farmers market, helping a customer or re-stocking our table of veggies, and I’ll have a Moment.
These Moments are difficult to describe, but I’m going to give it a try.
The Moment will feel incredibly peaceful and serene. I’ll get a feeling that a sense of peace and serenity is washing over me. I’ll feel like at that moment, I am exactly where I am meant to be and I’m doing exactly what I am meant to be doing.
I love these moments. I tend to move very slowly and carefully when I am having one of these moments; I don’t want to scare it away. I also tend to not talk about these moments, especially while I’m in the midst of one, for the same reason. I try to be as still as I can, within whatever I am doing at that moment, and just allow the moment to continue.
Lately I notice these moments frequently during the farmers market, but I have them at other times, too. Sometimes I’ll have a Moment when I’m just at home, reading or relaxing or cleaning up the house. Sometimes I’ll have a Moment when I’m at work, in the middle of a therapy session with a child.
I’ve read a little bit about Flow. In Mihal Csikszentmihalyi’s book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, he describes flow as ” a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation.” He talks a lot about people at their professions being in flow – like an artist who is “in the groove” or a surgeon being “in the zone.” When people are in Flow, they’re totally immersed in what they’re doing.
What Csikszentmihalyi describes resonates with me, which is why I sometimes refer to my moments as Moments Of Flow. I think that these Moments Of Flow are indicators that I am living in the moment and being mindful. I also think that these Moments usually occur when my heart, soul, mind, and body feel nourished and strong. Which is another motivation to keep myself balanced – so I can have more and more Moments Of Flow!