This morning, I got up early, so I could write a bit before going to my client site. Because I knew I would be gone all day, I wanted to take my English Springer Spaniel, Winston, for a long walk so that he would sleep most of the day.
We have had a lot of rain in the past week here in North Georgia just south of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains—the same mountain range that surrounds the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where I grew up. The mid-January temperatures are unusually mild, which caused the moisture to rise and create a thick fog. One of the things I loved most about my childhood was going out early in the morning in the mist and feeding the horses. The stillness and quiet swallowed me up.
At 5:00 a.m., even in a rapidly growing suburbia like the one I live in, I discovered that same feeling walking with Winston.
There was no traffic noise. The fog blanketed the world. We walked through the stillness. This is how flow feels. Flow is present-based. To live in the present takes patience, relaxation, and calling up a feeling of peace in the soul.
Being fearful is future-based; being angry, resentful, or envious is past-based. Being present requires that we know in our hearts that the universe is working for us, not against us.
The universe gives us what we put we put our attention to. If we are fearful, if we focus on what we lack, we are telegraphing our negativity to the universe. In return, negativity and lack is what we will receive.
Therefore, the ability to work in flow is a manifestation of our own making.
We are headed into what I believe will be one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory. Resolve to live in peace in 2020. Be present. Breathe. Flow.