There is a pace that aligns with the flow of life.
The pace that works for me seems to be a balance of awareness and engagement.
Too much engagement (doing) and I lose myself to the experience, which can be fun, but doesn’t seem like flow for me. Too much awareness (being) and I get lost in my thoughts, feelings and observations. That can be useful, but if not engaged, then I’m not connecting with life.
Occasionally I find that special balance or dance between the two polarities of being and doing. When I’m simultaneously aware and engaged, I feel fully alive and in the flow of life. For me, that pace is not too fast or too slow; simply steady movement like how I rode my bike yesterday. I felt open, centered and present as I pedalled, turned, followed and flowed without over-thinking my choices. The million dollar question is whether I do that with broader life issues?
While flowing I tend to hear whispers that seem wiser and calmer than the typical mind chatter when I am still or in the flow. Maybe because my mind is engaged with life rather than lost in self. Yesterday, I heard whispers that I’m a creative connector learning to embrace the beauty in all. My path is learning to love the beauty and flaws, the light and dark, while stripping away all the identities and labels of myself and others.
Sunday I went to a wonderful film viewing at our Fayetteville Public Library. We are very blessed to have such a fabulous library in our small town. Sunday was the first showing of a film documentary called The Lens to the Soul chronicling the photography and life of local photographer Andrew Kilgore. His work is powerful in its simplicity, starkness and authentic look at people without attempting to pretty them up. I was surprised by how deeply his portraits touched me yesterday. Andrew helped pioneer advocacy art with his photography. His intention is to help us see the underserved populations and our common humanity.
Andrew’s photography reminds me to find the beauty in what is, rather than trying to force it.
This might be another way to define flow. Find the path (flow) by following it rather than forcing it. Many people create with great vision, effort and intention which is a more masculine approach to creating. Others create using the more feminine or Taoist approach, by finding and following the flow. I believe this way of living helps mine the authentic self.
I yearn to find my place in the world, to know what is mine to do. Thankfully, I’ve had some recent reminders to let go of needing to figure it all out. Kudos to Michael at Embracing Forever and Eric at Awakening to Awareness. The steps come by embracing the moment, talking action and being willing to serve others. Again, we see the need for a blend of doing and being that leads to flow. The two keys steps for me are letting go of needing answers and taking action.
Until next time, I hope your life flows.
If not, then maybe you’ll join me in the dance of engagement and awareness. Blessings, Brad