According to the Hungarian psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, when we are deeply involved in trying to reach a goal, or an activity that is challenging but well suited to our skills, we experience a joyful state called “flow.” One may find still greater happiness experiencing “flow” in working towards long-term, meaningful goals. The Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi proposes that happiness is nothing but wuwei (no contrived action) that is, using one’s natural abilities and intuition to flow with one’s environment. When one is fully engaged with what one is doing, one begins to act effortlessly, and one’s whole mindset changes from that of fear and avoidance to that of engagement and openness. Continue reading
Do you ever find yourself so completely immersed in what you’re doing that you lose track of time? All of a sudden you look up at the clock and realize that hours have passed and you missed dinner time? Think a minute about this. When does this loss of time and total engagement typically occur for you? This could apply to a martial artist completely absorbed in perfecting a flying kick, or a violinist fiercely concentrating on a complex symphony. One may find still greater happiness working towards long-term, meaningful goals. Viktor Frankl, who survived a Nazi concentration camp, once said “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.” (Frankl, 1992) Continue reading
The gateway of an individual’s consciousness is open to discord or blessing only from within. Nothing can enter unless the individual opens the gate through the four lower bodies of man: Mental, Physical, Emotional and Etheric.
These bodies are independent of one other, each with their own function, yet what affects one, affects the others. They share a connection. Just like mountain climbers, they are linked to work as a “team,” but the slippage of one affects them all.
by Daniel Scott
Everything is flowing smoothly today. From the moment you woke up five minutes before your alarm, the whole universe has obviously conspired to serve you. You partner made you breakfast. No traffic. Your favorite parking spot was available. Hours of productive work flew by in minutes. People are calling you instead of having to be tracked down. You’re pulling fresh $20 bills every time you stick your hand between the seat cushions of life. On the drive home, you tune into your favorite radio station just as a 60 minute commercial-free rock block commences.
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus
from The Healers Journal
Pushing harder only makes things harder. Struggle engenders more struggle, as per the law of attraction. I want to let you in on a big secret: life can be as easy as you want it to be. We have been taught that struggle is not just necessary, but a fact of life. We believe this collectively and so it begins to form our reality. Beliefs held by large groups of people create very strong realities which can be difficult to disconnect from, especially if we do not yet have a firm spiritual understanding and grounding. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can choose (whenever you are ready) to disconnect permanently from struggle and step into ease — also known as the flow. The flow is what it feels like to live in harmony with your life purpose and the natural rhythms of the universe. Everything you need comes to you at the perfect moment and you always find yourself exactly where you need to be, when you need to be there. It takes great trust, but thats about it. You don’t have to do anything, which is exactly what this article is about — relaxing into the flow… because it really is that easy…
from Love or Above
Is your spiritual energy flowing freely or are you blocked? Difficulties in your life are caused by a blockage of kundalini or vital energy in the body! And, did you know that you actually get more energy from the infinite energy of the universe than you do from food or other people?
Food only provides some energy – and if your diet is not as healthy as it should be, you are not getting the right nutrients anyway, and certain foods can actually lower your energy. What about energy that you get from other people? You may feel energized in the presence of certain people, but when you’re alone, do you feel tired or does your energy remain constant?
What if there were energy that is infinite, renewable and always available? This energy supply is in you already. Think about the last time you were totally absorbed in something you love to do. Time ceases to exist, and you can easily get through an entire day without once going near the fridge. You are buzzing with vital energy and somehow, despite the lack of food, you not only survive but thrive. This is because of an abundance of spiritual energy!