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Energy Bite 199 – In the Flow of Life

This may seem a bit philosophical, but read it to the end, anyway.

We hear a lot about “Flow” today. It’s a buzz word that is making the rounds once again. The resurgence began with Mihaly Csikszentmihali’s (say that 5 times fast) book about Flow from back in the 70’s. For the purpose of this article, I’ll just refer to him as Mihaly. His work is the basis for most modern thinking about flow, but there are a number of more recent books that get into flow even more deeply and philosophically.

Basically, “flow” refers to a mental state where someone is completely absorbed in what they are doing without regard for time or outside influences. Mihaly termed it “Flow”  when his interviewees in the mid 1970s would often describe the experience as being like water flowing and carrying them along with the current.

Independently of Mihaly’s book, the late author and Unity Minister Eric Butterworth, wrote a book first published in 1975 called, In the Flow of Life where he describes flow as “Living life from inside – out”, and that life in “flow” echoes the theme expressed by the ancient philosopher Plotinus who suggested that “if you flow as life flows, you need no other power. Anything is evil that blocks the flow of creative action, and everything is healthy that flows with the Universe.” Butterworth uses the term “Superconscious Awareness” which seems to reflect some of the more modern interpretations of the meaning of “flow”, including a “flow mindset” as an “altered state” similar to that induced by hallucinogens.

What has all this to do with Health, Fitness and Personal Energy for Active Seniors? Butterworth writes that “Life does not grow old. Life does not deteriorate. Life does not die. Life is an eternal, dynamic, flowing process”. He continues: “Age is basically psychological rather than physiological and that we are as young as we think we are.

All of this philosophy leads to this final quote from Eric Butterworth:

“Contrary to the common human belief, we do not begin to slow down because we are becoming old. We are becoming old because we are slowing down. The cells of our bodies are like water in a river. Motion helps them to stay in the flow and thus to purify themselves. There are literally thousands of moping people who could renew their strength and youthfulness to say nothing of finding freedom from aches and pains, if they would simply stir themselves in mind and body, get into the flow in consciousness and ‘into the swim’ of activities. The wisdom of the world has conditioned us to ‘act our age’. Now we must begin to act our youth—to act our experience in the flow of life.”  — In the Flow of Life, Eric Butterworth, p. 139.

That says it pretty well.

Thank you for reading.

Energy Bite 196 – Mind and Body Working Together – Part 2: Creative Visualization

Welcome to Part 2 of Mind and Body Working Together. Last weeks article was about the power of the imagination and some aspects of mental imagery or visualization. This week I’ll cover the topic of creative visualization along with an exercise in how to do it. Esther Hicks, one of Hay House’s most popular Spiritual… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 195 – Mind and Body Working Together, Part 1: Mental Imagery

Will picturing yourself younger, make you younger? It might help you feel younger. Have you ever tried visualization? “Imaging” is a better term since it applies not only to visual imagery buts to other senses: Kinesthetic, emotional feelings, smell, taste, and hearing. In 1961, while I was in training to be a Marine Corps Officer and… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 192 – Self-Discipline

Without self-discipline there is no mastery — of anything. Of course, I am talking here about self-discipline in the realm of long term mastery of your own Health, Fitness, Personal Energy and overall well being. Self-discipline is the key to overcoming such Health and Fitness detractors as boredom, distraction, lethargy, inertia and excuses (“It’s too… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 191 – New Series Ahead

I am starting a new series next week about transformation from getting older to becoming “youthful”; from illness to wellness; from inert to active; from unmotivated to motivated, from weak to strong, from unfit to fit, and all those other things that lead into Health, Fitness and Vitality for Seniors. I won’t be writing about “How… Continue Reading