Make Living in a State Of Flow Your New Normal

Business has been flowing nicely lately and because I want to live in a state of flow I have been affirming, “This is my new normal”. One thing I know for sure is that even when life isn’t flowing life always supports me, particularly when it doesn’t appear that way.

In my life coaching classes we use a style of questioning that helps people get to the root cause of what is holding them back, then together with the client we devise strategies, often based on values, to assist them to create a new normal. Both techniques are equally important because we can’t stay in a state of flow while we are carrying around with us hurt feelings, anger or memories that take us away from the person we want to be, or the life we want to create.

For most of my life I lived with a lot of self doubt because I worried about what other people thought. Instead of procrastinating I took the rebel’s path, and forged ahead, acting as if I didn’t care what anyone thought but I still did. I used force to achieve a lot of goals and while it can work, it is a very exhausting, stressful way to live. I often asked myself why I couldn’t take an easier path, why I couldn’t settle for less rather than always pushing myself to my limits and the reason I couldn’t do that was because my needs provided me with the motivation to move through my fears. The greatest need that’s driven my entire life is my need for freedom and I now know that freedom for me is about being myself, not pretending, not holding back, not settling for less than, it’s about whole hearted commitment to being the person I know I was born to be.

I used to say face your fears but even though I have done that many times, the fear remained. I now suggest that people move through their fears. We do this by feeling all of our emotions then gently and consistently acting like the person we want to be.

During one period in my life, when I needed to move through a lot of fear, I used two affirmations. One was ‘I trust’, and the other was, ‘What I think of me is more important than what anyone else thinks of me’. During that period I felt as if I was constantly criticised, and every time it would start up I would say to myself over and over again, ‘What I think of me is more important than what anyone else thinks of me’. Those two affirmations, followed by acting as if I trusted supported me to move forward. I see trust as being like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the easier it becomes to know when to trust.

Of course whenever you trust you need to combine it with discernment because not everyone is trustworthy. So, rather than just being foolhardy, establish the habit of pausing, checking in with your intuition if this is a person you should trust, or if you this is the right decision for you to make.

To create a new normal you need to move through any emotions that regularly challenges you. You can do this by feeling the emotion as it occurs without talking about it or getting caught up in the story around it. If you have buried your emotions then maybe journaling will help them come to the surface. Then look at what opportunity life is presenting you with. Do you need to exercise self care more? Could you let go of judging others or yourself? Is there an opportunity to be kinder or more caring? Or, are you resisting the direction life is taking you in, in which case you need to trust.

When you make acceptance of what is your automatic response, while looking for the opportunity to grow, life becomes so much easier and it flows.


Life Transitions

Transitions occur when we go through a major change, or move from one life stage to the next. Up until last year my weekends were always full either with my girls, seeing friends, or visiting my Dad. Now my girls have their own lives with one living overseas, my friends are getting older and don’t travel as much. My Dad is no longer with us.

Fully aware that I am going through a transition period I decided I needed a project and I chose to plan a renovation for one side of my backyard. Although this garden gets the best sun of my whole yard, and it’s a reasonable size, it is a mess, it’s a place I rarely go to as it’s where I leave the bins and anything I don’t want, there is nothing attractive about it.

Reflecting on what makes me happy I decided to turn this area into an oasis, a place where I can sit in a comfy chair and read, one of my favourite things to do and a place to do my mosaics. I decided to paint my fences and use them to display some of my projects. What started as a way to fill a void has turned into a project I am passionate about and one that might take a couple of years, I have a lot of mosaic art I want to create.

In years gone by, when there was a void in my life, I would most likely have felt despondent for a while, or I would have sought to fill that void with people. Understanding myself and what makes me happy has enabled me to turn what could have been a challenging time into something exciting.

Now while I would like more people, who live in my area to socialise with, I am content to do something I love by myself because I know that if I continue to be the person I aspire to be, then whatever I need will come into my life.

Transitions are a normal part of the fabric of life. They are a time to develop new skills, move through old fears and reassess who we want to be and what we went to do with our lives. They are also opportunities to create what we have always wanted. Just because we get older doesn’t mean there isn’t something to do with our lives, as long as we are breathing we have a purpose.

I want to leave behind me a legacy of love, wisdom and fun and I am so grateful for my business which allows me to do this. I also know that in giving as much as I do I need to refill my own tank, so choosing to fill my leisure time with activities and people who make me happy is vital.

Life transitions occur for all of us and the way in which we move from one stage in life to the next is determined by the way we live on a daily basis. One of the most important choices we can make is to be happy every day. Life won’t always go to plan and sometimes we are challenged, but when we make the choice to be happy regardless of what is happening in life, we develop skills that enable us to navigate the rough patches  with ease and grace.