Realise that if you have ever been in the flow of a hobby or utterly focused on a task, then you have probably experienced meditation already.
Your mind is so engaged, that time flies away. You have been completely focused on one thing, and you have a sense of ease and enjoyment. This is being in the flow. This is meditation.
Next time you have been engaged in this way – whether running, knitting, dancing or painting for example, you could say you have been experiencing a meditation. It is not such an unusual practice after all but is simply the capacity you naturally have within you to sustain focus.
It is your experience of being in the flow.
One Thing at a Time
Our brains are designed so that we can deal smoothly with our day, placing our focus on the task in front of us. When we have time and spaciousness, we can be in the flow of any task, even the most mundane.
However, there are increasing demands on our time, and sometimes the ‘beauty’ of technology leads to a 24-hour on-call existence.
You will know how full your mind feels when there are problems to solve and deadlines to meet. With a sense of your own invincibility, you attempt to do everything at once.
Add unexpected emails, last-minute phone calls, changes of plan and illness into the mix, and the whole lot ratchets up to stress, over-tiredness and even panic.
The brain thrives best when you focus on one thing at a time. As Christmas looms with all its demands, it is not unusual to be feeling more stress. Accept each moment as it arises, in these times, we have realised that there is often nothing else we can do.
Engage in the Festive Flow with Grace and Peace
Examine your situation and decide whether there are some traditions that are no longer joyful. Choose to fully engage with the ones that do still work for you. This can be anything – from the kind of food that is eaten, to the social gatherings you might feel obliged to attend.
Weed out the unnecessary. Engage in the festive flow with grace and peace, allowing time to savour the best experiences.
He went to the church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of homes, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed of any walk, that anything, could give him so much happiness.
― Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol’
If possible, share the home-chores with others over the Christmas season. Create situations where you can experience the magic of being present.
And in this way, you will truly be in the festive flow with all the magic that entails.
One moment at a time!
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