In previous posts, I wrote about the first five stages of change, as I’ve identified them: awareness; awakening; discovery; courage and action. The final stage, which is the goal, is flow. When looking at Positive Psychology, a flow state is the state of mind in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. And isn’t living one’s life a 24-7 activity where being fully involved, present and enjoying the process the ultimate goal for all of us?
Flow is the result of successfully moving through the previous five stages of change and finding yourself in a state of being that is, in fact, changed and comfortable in that change. Your new state of mind and your behaviors reflect the changes you have worked for and they are your new status quo – your new comfortable and reliable norm. Flow can be seen as a metaphor of water flowing with no resistance. You are no longer erecting barriers in your life or creating paths of resistance and know what to do and how to do the right thing. You are no longer “acting as if” and you’ve learned how to “let go and let live” as the saying goes.
“Life is like a river. The way of life is to flow with the current. To turn against it takes effort but the current will carry you if you let it. Float with joy and ease.”