I was recently asked by a long time patient, how she knows if she’s in the flow. I told her that being in the flow is achieved differently by each individual, however, I can tell her when I am in the flow which may help her find out when she is.
What is flow? Other words include being “in the zone” or in the present moment. Here’s a Ted talk on Flow, the secret to happiness.
Usually, when I am not in the flow, I am very conscious of the time. In general, I like to be early for engagements and run on time with my patients. When I am bored, I am constantly looking at the clock. However, when I am in the flow, my relationship with time changes and it matters less to me.
This can happen when I’m seeing patients, reading a book, meditating, hanging out with friends or exercising. When the concept of time disappears, I know that I am in the moment. When I’m not staring at the clock or worried about where I need to be, I am present.
Because I am aware of my time obsession, I also schedule things and use timers so I can go into my flow state and yet satisfy the back of my mind that I will not be late. For instance, I set a timer for 30 mins to meditate and then I won’t need to worry about what time it is. I can also not use it as an excuse to meditate for less time.
When I do activities that I know will require a lot of focus, such as rock climbing or working on my handstands (New Year’s Intention), then flow comes easier.
As you become more aware of yourself, you will learn how you are when you are in flow. How you breathe, what your energy does, and how your body moves. Know yourself and you can create flow anytime you like.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.