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October 19, 2014

Go With the Flow

Go with the Flow

I would love to live like the river flows
Carried by the surprise of its own unfolding

The above is a short poem, Fluent, by John O'Donohue, author of Anam Cara. Those words speak to me about my life, as I am often amazed by its unfolding! Perhaps I seldom 'flowed' like the river, but often 'paddled upstream', thus creating a complicated life instead of the simplicity I believed I really wanted... despite a close family member's observation that I wouldn't recognize 'simplicity' if it barreled into me... the accuracy of which I naturally question!

Do you know how to 'go with the flow' - to relax and just go with the flow? Or do you need to have 'all your ducks in a row' beforehand, as if relaxing was a guilty pleasure?

As I'm currently in the throes of writing a thesis towards the completion of my MBA, my office is strewn end-to-end with many articles and reference books. One contained a timely message, that when we relax, our brain rhythms move into a slower mode, enabling us to be more creative. (Being Happy: A Handbook to Greater Confidence and Security, Andrew Matthews :123).

Early this morning I had a perfect example that proved Matthews' point. Settling into a comfortable chair with my coffee, idly watching the flames of my electric fireplace and joined by Cadi, my wise Calico cat, the idea for this Innisfree Moment rose to the surface of my mind.

If such a relaxing start to the morning is not conducive to your lifestyle (and it isn't always for me), let's be mindful of carving out a quiet time in each day. Nature gives us perfect examples - birds and animals know when to sleep, the soil needs to rest, and Cadi, my cat, just IS Cadi - (whose Gaelic name means 'simple happiness'). Matthews suggests that we can learn much from Winnie the Pooh's easy, accepting, uncomplicated philosophy - "while Eyeore frets, and Piglet hesitates and Owl pontificates... Pooh just IS." We can learn much from Cadi, Pooh, and yet, we can flow like the river.

Until next time...

Dorothy B.
Dorothy B.

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Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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