I remember very distinctly the moment I realized I was in it. I had started practicing meditation 3 months prior; I lived by myself and had the luxury of being able to settle into a quiet space every morning and every night. I was listening to audiobooks about positive thinking and manifesting on my way to work. And then, while sitting at an event in Austin, TX, someone came up to me and told me that I was glowing. That was the moment. I remember thinking how content I was in that moment. My anxiety was non-existent and my mood was so level. I was like a tree in the wind. Things were coming into my life so effortlessly. This was when I met my boyfriend after years of being single. Work didn’t stress me out. Friendships that had been strained for years suddenly weren’t. This is what I call being in the flow. Nothing is forced, it is all easy and effortless.
You would think that since I got into the flow once, I would always be there. If you know how to feel great, why wouldn’t you? Well, it’s not always that easy. When I moved in with my boyfriend, my routine changed. I wasn’t on my own anymore, so space and time spent wasn’t just up to me. Slowly but surely my meditation practice dwindled down to never, and my anxiety climbed back up to high alert. Work and career efforts felt so hard and confusing since I wasn’t in sync with the universe anymore.
A couple of months ago, it became super apparent to me just how out of sync I had gotten. To get back to my happy place, as quickly as possible, I started pulling in all my tried and true techniques. In about 2 weeks, I started to feel everything get back into place. I’m still working on it, but I wanted to let you know what I’ve been doing so we can get into the flow together. Here are the 5 steps I’ve been focusing on:
Get in the Flow5 Steps
Start meditating again. This is the most important step. Even if it’s for 5 minutes in the shower. Breathe. Say my mantra on repeat. Set my timer for 20 minutes and do a full meditation if there’s time.
Invoke the wealth of the universe. A friend of mine turned me on to this Kundalini meditation. It’s on Youtube so that makes is super easy. She did it for 40 days in a row and says her life totally changed. It’s about 15 minutes and is actually a pretty good arm exercise routine, so you’re kinda killing two birds with one stone. If you don’t have that much time, this one is good too.
I don’t journal every day, but when I feel like my mind can’t sit still and I have too much to think about, it’s the perfect way to start the day. I try to write 2-3 pages, or for 30 minutes, whatever comes first.
Walk and listen. There’s something about walking and listening to positive thinking tapes at the same time. They seem to get into your muscles. I’ve listened to The Secret dozens of times, as cheesy as that sounds. I love anything by Marianne Williamson. And I just downloaded Gabby Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back which I’m going to start on my morning walk tomorrow.
Every night before I go to bed, I list everything and everyone I’m grateful for. It’s the best way to fall asleep and it reminds me of how incredibly lucky I am.
And that’s it. Of course there are other things you can layer on top, like a physical cleanse, yoga, etc. But these are the 5 things I focus on that seem to have the biggest impact and that are easy to fit into my schedule. Would love to hear what your tips are for getting in the flow!