When properly understood, the events happening in your world (and the world around you), are the catalyst to propel you forward into joy and prosperity in all ways. That’s a REALLY GOOD THING.
In fact, it can prove to be a catalyst to put you on your path to your Soul Truth (your life purpose and mission).
In a world that feels stressful (you may notice it exacerbated especially when you’re with family, friends, or neighbors)—how do you maintain your own flow and happiness so that you keep your own energy and vibration elevated as best as possible?
Spiritual teachers often share that happiness is an “inside job” (and that’s completely true)!
By now, you know realize that ‘positive thinking’ is good, but simply isn’t enough (present global circumstance proving that to be true thanks to COVID-19 and more).
Your flow and your joy is something YOU cultivate for you to experience it.
Believe it or not, bringing the “right” kind of stress into your life will help you cultivate joy! This is called “eustress”, which means moderate or normal psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer.
Pshychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, said…
The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times . . . The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile”
One very interesting thing to note about , Csikszentmihalyi, is that he became known as a “happiness expert” inspired because of the adversity he faced a prisoner during World War II, where he witnessed pain and suffering of the people around him during that time.
As a result, Csikszentmihalyi developed a curiosity about happiness and contentment, and eventually became a co-founder of what is known today as “positive psychology”.
His work that concluded that…
• happiness is an internal state of being, (not an external one).
• manifestation of happiness takes committed effort (you have to stay consistent with it).
• people were their most happy during a state of flow (generated through creativity and/or productivity).
Flow defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.
Other psychologist went on to discover that joy in the state of flow was found in those who correlated flow with self-mastery.
So, no matter what, to show up conscientiously (no matter what they were doing) provided a sense of joy and pride in what they were doing. This generates intrinsic joy (internal and not dependent on what you get out of it).
Yep! How you show up matters.
Some ways to expand flow and happiness…
- Do something you LOVE to do!
Flow state can be achieved when you can surrender completely to the moment. Crazy enough, my husband and I both generate this by mowing the lawn—keeping the cutting lines straight and satisfaction and joy seeing it happen as we do it. Sometimes it’s horizontal lines, other times a diagonal. Creativity doing something you love is a great way to generate this (and why it’s important to schedule it into your life more consistently over “when you have time”. Indeed, you must make the time.
- Keep distractions at bay.
Stay focused when you’re working on something (even if you’re doing something creatively). Notifications and messenger conversations will distract and break your flow and momentum building of joyful energy during flow activities.
- Push your skills past your comfort zone.
Push your skills just enough to create eustress (but not so much you create over-stress).
Inducing this kind of flow is a harmony between the level of skill you have and the size of the challenge at hand. You want to stretch yourself just enough that you may find yourself feeling unpleasant at first, but feel so good about yourself after you did it! If it’s too easy it becomes boring and meaningless. This is an excellent way to get to know yourself at new levels and expand your realizations of what you’re capable of!
- Commit to an “even-though” attitude—no matter what.
I know the world around feels chaotic and worrisome to the untrained eye. But when properly understood and explored there is so much to create, manifest, and generate because of it. The Spiritual Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy teaches us that!
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Of course, there are things you can’t control and things you can control. So, release what you can’t, and do what you can that’ll support your flow state.
Here’s one true inspirational story that’ll explain this best…
On April 6, 1994, the Rwandan President’s plane was shot down over the capital. The assassination of the Hutu president sparked months of massacres in rural communities where house-by-house they were slaughtering men, women and children.
To protect his only daughter from rape and murder, Immaculée Ilibagiza’s father told her to run to a local pastor’s house for protection. The pastor sheltered her and 7 other women in a hidden 3 x 4 foot bathroom. For the next 91 days, Immaculée and the other women huddled silently in the small room, while the genocide raged outside the home.
During those three months of hiding, Immaculée taught herself English using only a Bible and a dictionary.
Education was highly valued in her household, and so she was a natural student and did well in school.
Even though Immaculée was in University studying electrical and mechanical engineering prior to the massacre, she has since emigrated to the United States, she became a New York Times Best Seller with her first book, Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, is considered one of the worlds leading speakers, has received multiple awards, and has written 6 more books! Click here to learn about her best selling book.
Imaculee’s story encompasses so much of what we do inside Spirituality For The Stubborn Soul
- Knowing what you value and living it…
- Making elevated decisions with more certainty…
- Generating and transmuting energy…
- and creating New beginnings (all of which makes you UNSTOPPABLE)!
Make no mistake, Immaculée has talked about being consumed with anger during prayer in that small bathroom, and yet, she made a conscious and determined decision to teach herself English and chose to consume her days with learning (even though the world around her was catastrophic).
She transmuted energy from anger and despair to eventually saying, “I forgive you” when she confronted the murderers of her family.
She created a life with more CERTAINTY because of the consistent decisions she made during dangerous and uncertain times.
(Please read that again).
No matter what’s happening in the world around you, come back to YOU and what you can control in your own environment. Do it with the loving intention to simply do it well and in favor of greater good, and then let the Universe take care of the rest.
Until next time…
Explore, Expand and Enjoy!