Why It’s Important to Participate in Flow Activities
FLOW ACTIVITES ARE THE ENJOYABLE THINGS we do in life. These are the activities that are blissful and timeless. We become so engaged in what we’re doing that what seems like 15 minutes is really 2 hours. When we participate in a flow activity time stands still, our minds are freed up, and a space opens where our subconscious thoughts can come to surface. Much creativity occurs here, as well as answers to questions or situations that we may have.
How often have you been mulling over a problem and just can’t come up with a solution no matter how long or how hard you try to do so? And then when you do something that is relaxing and fun, the answer magically appears in your consciousness? That’s living success… from the inside out, through a flow activity.
One of my favourite flow activities is ballroom dancing. I can be stressed out or bone-tired, but once I get to the dance studio and start dancing, I’m in a different world and in total joy. I walk away refreshed and ready to go again. This is just one of the many reasons why it’s important to participate in flow activities.
The importance of hobbies
My other favourite flow activity is writing. When I sit down to write. I lose complete track of time. As a matter of fact, I often set my timer to remind me to eat or to make sure I leave on time for an appointment. If I don’t, I forget to eat or I’m late for my appointment. That’s what happens with flow activities. You are so consumed by the activity that you’re totally oblivious to what’s happening around you.
Because we have so much going on in our busy lives, flow activities are one of the first things we give up. What a mistake! These are the activities that give us energy, that bring us joy, that are relaxing and fun. Engaging in flow activities is also another way to listen to that still small voice within. Flow activities are VITAL to our health, well-being, and success.
What about you? Think of the activities that are enjoyable and timeless for you, those activities that take you into the “Zone”. How long has it been since you’ve done any of these?
They may be dancing, hiking, reading, gardening, cooking, or whatever makes your heart sing. They can also be work related activities such as programming a computer, teaching a class, or repairing car.
This week, choose one flow activity and schedule it into tour calendar. This is you appointment with yourself to play, go with flow, and to just “be.”
Take the plunge today. Step into your bliss and experience the flow of timelessness.