Fostering Flow: Part 1 of 3

When I talk of experiencing Flow, what exactly do I mean?

Flow is anchored in fueling my core energy with Love, Respect, Curiosity, Compassion and Gratitude. For myself, every being, every encounter, every experience.  When I live that way, even for just a moment, Flow is my word for the effort-less, stress-less, joy-filled result.

My life becomes a fluid Journey to Wholeness grounded in Who I am Being NOT What I am Doing.

Sound cool but a bit too woo-woo?  A delightful goal but impossible to attain?  Flow doesn’t have to remain a mystery.  It’s completely attainable with the help of some simple, practical tools.

Here are the first five tools to boost your ability to minimize stress and foster Flow:

1: Pay Attention – If you don’t recognize you’re feeling stressed, you can’t change it.  Practice mindfulness by noticing what you’re feeling and figuring out why.

2: Breathe – Next time things start getting a little crazy, stop, take three deep breaths, become fully present, restore sanity and realize you have options.  Your brain needs oxygen to function effectively.  Try setting a timer on your phone or pc to remind you periodically to stop, close your eyes for a minute and just breathe.

3: Be Here Now – Forget rehashing the past and agonizing over the future.  This moment is your only real opportunity to make a difference.  Just you, just here, just now, just be.

4: Opportunity Knocks – While life won’t always follow your plans and expectations, everything in life is an opportunity.  An opportunity to understand yourself better and open your heart wider — to develop greater compassion for yourself and others.  While the details of our lives differ, we all experience the same range of emotions from fear, frustration and loneliness to joy, contentment and peace.  With yourself firmly planted in the present moment, it’s your ability to respond creatively and constructively that makes the difference.

5: Get Curious – If everything’s an opportunity, where might the opportunity be in this situation.  The Universe is far more creative than we can imagine.  So assume the best and look for the silver lining in even the darkest cloud.

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About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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