mindfulness · self-care

#MomentsOfFlow #heartsoulmindbody

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 imagemeant 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 absorpalways-live-in-the-moment-sourcetion 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!

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