Flow State. (Quick, what’s the capital…?)

Well this is interesting.

Infographics abound,  and sometimes they are too patchy…this+that gatherings to prove a point. But this is neat. I’m hearing more & more about the flow state.  Is it something we can perpetually create or are afternoons of flow given to us as gifts?

I’ve always thought of flow as “creative lightness”. I’ve always wanted to extend the lightness outward, along the seams of daily life. This seems to suggest it can be cultivated.  Yes, I agree.

Maybe if we dialed down stress by authentically, fiercely giving ourselves to permission this state of bliss-flow could flourish.  Can it be achieved while doing anything? Yes, even that job you hate. Imagine.

Please include attribution to http://mindvalleyacademy.com with this graphic.

The Theory of Awesomeness Infographic

A Message from The Universe Regarding Your Account.

This is a message from The Universe regarding your account.

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Because you are a current resident of the Pale Blue Dot (see below for details),  a deposit will be made in your name. When you wake tomorrow, a fresh year will be in the bank, reserved for you. As always, the benefits of the year will include the following:

The ability to take a deep breath. Unlimited, though average daily use is about 20,000 of these.

The opportunity to learn something new. It’s come to our attention that past confusion caused some of you to believe it was too late to take advantage of this feature of your account. We’ve installed new functions to remind you that indeed, the opportunity-to-learn feature is available to you at all times, in any instance. Reminders include: used book stores, people speaking in foreign languages and that pile of stuff you’ve been saving in your basement.

Harmonious forgiveness. Again, our users have misunderstood the simplicity of this feature. It’s a free gift, included with your existence and activation of Forgiveness does not depend on others’ behavior. The Universe has about 8 billion users, each entitled to Harmonious Forgiveness.  How others manage their Forgiveness supply is not of your concern, the system is not set to handle any type of codependency. Harmonious Forgiveness can be applied internally or externally. For more information, please visit Regret, Mistakes, Misunderstandings and Victimhood — we are deep-cleaning those departments and have plans to use the repurposed energy to supply your Yoga class, next-year’s Mediterranean Cruise and your son’s First Day of Kindergarten.

Acceptance, Letting-go and Letting-be. Upon deposit of the fresh year, you’ll notice that The Pale Blue Dot is a terrifyingly beautiful place. In the past, some of our members have pulled out highlighting pens and made neon the sub-sections entitled Fear, Anxiety, Worry, Stress, Disease and Terror. This year we will no longer allow this narrow focus. Because it’s our intent to encourage Abundance, Prosperity, Happiness, Creativity, Courage and Strength we are upgrading your ability to Accept and Let-go. We understand that you may not be accustomed to navigating these features, so we’ve installed new inspirational touchstones which can be found in The Stars, New Moons, Baby Laughs, Wine Glasses, Really Great Books, and Beatles Songs. May also be found on Nature Trails, Surfboards, Road Trips and Stage Performances with Jazz Hands.

We’d like to draw your attention to the reason that you’ve been included on The Pale Blue Dot. It might startle you to discover that your account is very full. While it’s bursting at the seams (You should see this from the Main Office. 8 billion bulging accounts: the wow-factor is sublime) there is still room for more, so scoot over and accept it.

The reason, friends, is Love.

Even if you’ve exhausted yourself ignoring it, (yes, we see you grumping over the laundry while Love is right there in her Violet Dress waiting for a kiss) it’s there. The miracle of love has mind-changing, body-altering, idea-spawning powers. While The Universe will continue to deposit Love, it’s in your best interest to circulate it. Love remains included in your membership when you leave the Pale Blue Dot and can be exchanged energetically in the Heavens and Cosmos.

To check the status of your account  tomorrow, think of what you love and who you love. Consider what you want to do, how you want to feel, what’s out there to see. Don’t be confused if the new features of your account aren’t immediately clear: this isn’t a mistake. Some features are activated through daily living. This dissonance can be cleared by Doing The Thing or Following Your Bliss. Apply faith and trust and all will become clear. Hugs and kisses help, but aren’t required; there may be things you must do alone.

That’s all for now. Goodnight and Joy Be To You All.

 

It’s this. The thing you need to hear.

http://www.onbeing.org/program/brene-brown-on-vulnerability/4928

If a #noworrylife would relieve some ache, freeing you to breathe in 2014, this is something you need to hear.

It’s another (data-based, to boot) touchstone on your path. We need these here-with-us teachers.

{French Style} A Party Guide

Bells will be ringing….doorbells. Your doorbell.  All those guests,  work-people, in-laws, neighbors, cats-from-down-the-street, the cast of Downton Abbey, members of Congress…

Wait, you aren’t hosting top-cats & dignitaries?  Well, you can. Here’s how to zest up your party with French class & style:

{French Style} A Party Guide

The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People | Alternet

Had to share. Funny thing is…we thought we couldn’t help it. Good news is…miserable is so last year. A new year is hot on our heels. Will you release worry (and all her outdated, uncomfortable & overpriced fashion) in 2014?

#noworrylife

 

The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People | Alternet.

Writers Choose Their Favorite…

The writers at The Good Life France aren’t playing fair.  We’ve been asked who we like best and hurt-feelings-and-all we’re taking sides.

Want to know my favorite French person?

My top French dish?

Take peek (it’s like a gossip mag, but you won’t feel like a violator when you are done reading):

Favorite Famous French People

Best French Dish (also known as, were is the fork?)

Yoga In France

“The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called “the still point of the turning world.”

~Barbara Stoler Miller

It may seem that a French lifestyle: wine, food and beauty would be absolutely centering. Connection to the soul, source of life and inner peace: isn’t that included in delicious trappings of French daily life?

Perhaps, but many French citizens have included the lifelong benefits of Yoga in their collection of restorative and enlightening experiences. While the French aren’t known for their passion for exercise or fitness, this nonchalance actually makes France a welcoming place for Yoga as a holistic practice, rather than a function of body manipulation or change.

While Yoga is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, French interest is more recent. In the 1960’s, as the study had become to creep forth from India, Westernized popular culture (think The Beatles) leaned into the spiritual practice.  As modern life expands and accelerates, Yoga is a touchstone for personal peace, a down-shift of gears when everything else seems to speed up.

Read the rest of my writing on this topic at visit my column at The Good Life France,

No Worry Life {Affirmations}

Tucking into a No Worry Life, let’s gently hang onto a few ideas to get us started. A friendly welcome based on the work of Louise Hay. If affirmations are new to you, let these wash over you in any way they can. Just a quick hug from these affirmations and then accept the release…

I let go of my fears, worries that drain my energy for no good return.

I make smart, calculated plans for my future.

Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of love.

I refuse to fall victim in a state of panic by preparing for my future.

I trust in my own ability to provide well for my own future.

What if this day were to bring me a great joy?

I am safe and sound.

Everything is going to work out for my highest good.

There is a great reason that this is unfolding before me now.

I have the smarts and the ability to get through this.

Every problem has a solution, and I seek my solution with resolve.

Do any of these hit a feeling bone in you? Did you feel any sort of shift when you heard certain words? Double back on those, feel them again. What is it in those words that was nudged?

These are your little hints, these are your places to start.

Bonus: a video from the lovely Louise Hay:

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A No Worry Life

It wasn’t until I was into my 30′s that I heard someone question the value of worry. I was on a commuter train, listening to a podcast of an audience with Eckhart Tolle. This guy asked about how he would manage his household if he was always ‘in the present’…didn’t he need, he asked, to worry about taking care of this stuff.

Eckhart said something like agreement…the guy would need to take care of this stuff, but he didn’t need to pair it with worry… I had a wow moment.

It never occurred to me that stuff could get done without worry. Especially unpleasant stuff.

Yes, clichés told me not to worry. Friends brushed off problems with a don’t-worry-about-it remark. I had even told myself that I would put aside some issue and think about something else, which translated (in theory) to not worrying about it.

I’ll tell you this: I loved weekends away, vacations, trips to cute and quaint and posh and exotic and cozy…and well, anything that distracted me from thinking about what I didn’t want. I thought, at the time, that as long as the world offered me anything I didn’t feel like seeing or dealing with, that I should resist it by fretting, worrying, trying to control my response to it. I took respite in the times when I could look to only what I wanted to see in the world and feel pleased in that comfortable shadow.

I know this seems personal. But what I worried about didn’t matter. That’s not the point, for me or for you. It’s the practice of worry that most of us share. And there is a subtle difference between controlling worry to function and living a No Worry Life.

Do you know the difference between worried action and pure action?

Do you know how to get things done without worrying?

Do you try to control your future with worry?

Are you ready to go deeper than coping with worry to fundamentally clear out your dependence on fret?

Do you believe you’d be free if only you could quit your job, or find freedom in your experiences?

Do you feel like there are missed opportunities and lessons in your past that were dodged because you worried it wouldn’t work out (or because you failed to see clearly)?

If you want to be a part of this fresh way to live join me here for my project on living a No Worry Life.

#noworrylife.

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