The other day, as I was quietly enjoying my walk to the gym where I work out, my husband noticed a brawl that was taking place in the park up ahead. A group surrounded someone who was being beaten up. As soon as I noticed this, an energy arose through me that led to me running at top speed down two blocks, right into the center of the fight consisting of five men and one woman. A fierce presence, like a karate cry, arose through me as I commanded everyone to step back and break it up. This force took over, and had only one objective: disperse the violence to ensure safety for all. At no point did I engage in anger, or even physically touch anyone. The energy alone took care of all that was needed. I was just the body through which it arose. Once the bloody person was cared for and everyone safe, I walked away from the scene back to what felt more like my normal self. I hardly knew what had happened.
Flow is all about life force, which moves, dances, sustains and arises through us in each moment, when we are willing to co-create with it. But it is never about us. Any sense of self that may think it is the force doing, only feeds our ego and our sense of being divided from the whole. Of this, we must be careful.
Though flow has many expressions, it will always feel rooted, vital and expansive. It will always be engaged and assertive, whether it is gentle and quiet or fierce and expressive. It will never be pushy or a push-over. It is always a balanced expression of interconnection within the whole.
Contrary to what many of us habitually perceive, life is not happening “to” you. You are an active co-creator in actualizing what is. So try this contemplative meditation to help you feel more rooted, vital and expansive in your life and embrace the possibility of going with flow in each moment:
1) Find a quiet place to sit comfortably, so that you can relax without the risk of falling asleep. Allow your spine to be straight, but not rigid. Ideally, your back is not leaning against anything.
2) Breathe into your belly, allowing the rhythm of the breath to bring your mind deeper into this moment, into your body, into the feeling of the here and now.
3) Scan your body from the crown of your head to your toes. Without any force or particular stressful effort, go deeper into yourself and feel the connection your body has with your seat.
4) Then feel the connection your breath has with the outside air and how it flows into your body. Breathe in, feel the air and life force feed your body/being. Breathe out, feel the ease of the release. Know that the air you breathe is also connected to all of life, all animals, all humans, all things alive.
5) Take a moment to feel that interconnection between you, life and all things. Feel the immense possibility of life itself. While remaining present to the sensations within your body and the flow of your breath, allow your sense of awareness to expand, to open to this life force that is in you, around you, everywhere. Stay rooted in your body by still feeling the ground, your breath, and include the expansive awareness you also feel. Allow yourself to open to receive this possibility in this moment, feel it in your breath and in your cells. While rest in that presence, say to yourself: “I am. I am. I am.” Feel the possibility of ease and flow, your effortless interconnection within and without.
6) Feel the ease, flow and interconnection in your whole being. Repeat it as though you are feeding your cells with this lush, rich, awareness.
7) Should your mind wander on distractions, such as physical tensions, or lingering thoughts, simply notice them and bring your awareness back to your breath. Allow yourself to rest in the words “I am”. Repeat it until you feel you have had enough. Then gently open your eyes, and allow yourself to gently move back into your daily life with ease and flow.
Parvati is an award-winning musician (“I Am Light”, “Electro Yog”, “Yoga In The Nightclub”), yogini (YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine), author (“The Grace Mindset”, “Aonani of Avalon”, “The Three Supreme Secrets for Lasting Happiness”) and founder of the not-for-profit Parvati.org. All her work is dedicated to protecting all life on Earth by establishing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). More info: parvati.tv; parvati.org.