Flow Found in Deep and Dark Silence
Willing to go deep to find flow? Good. There are so many ordinary places to look. Moreover, finding flow can ground us in the dark corners of our days. I passed the reflection of a pond leading to a lake near my home. There was no breeze so the bodies of water shown silver like mirrors. The images of cypress and ancient oak were cast on the dark water. There are two questions to bring to this daily exercise. First, where do we turn to for a deep and dark dive? Second, what do we bring along for the experience? Let’s consider it below.
Where to Go for Dark and Deep Dive
There are many places to go for a reflective experience. First, we can meditate. My favorite place to do that is in my backyard under the stars when weather permits. If not, near a window. Next, we can take time to journal mid-day to check in with ourselves. Just a paragraph or two usually does the trick. And as I mentioned above, a stroll around the neighborhood or a lake, river, or pond at the edges of day rejuvenates the soul. I borrow the term edges of the day from my friend, Suzi Banks Baum, a creative who herself notices the thresholds of day and night. Be mindful throughout the day. Then, find these places right at the tips of your finger or the soles of your feet.
What to Bring Along
What you bring along is simple enough. For starters, bring an observer’s eye. See what is symbolic in the snowy egret standing in the rain perched on one leg. Can we, too, be defiant and still walk in stormy weather? Also, bring an honest heart to hear the truth. Maybe the journal entry is repeatedly about being tired. Is more shuteye needed or might a doctor’s visit be in order?
Here’s to growing your flow,