Sometimes You Have To Let Go of Thought – Finding Flow
When I first began to change my mind I diligently worked on exercises that many self-help books gave. Doing the work is important to changing your mind. Sometimes though you have to let go of thought. Your mind needs time to adjust and sometimes it just needs a rest. Finding flow in a creative process is a great antidote. In the early part of my journey I was learning pattern cutting and dress design. Immersing myself in the creative process stopped the round-a-bout of thoughts that sometimes threatened to de-rail change. When I felt like I was moving forward in millimetres or even going backwards it was time to give my thoughts a holiday.
I found the process of pattern cutting the best way to get into flow. (Flow) My dress designs were not inspired or wonderful, but working out the pattern to fit the design would take me into flow. I often found hours had gone by. At one time I thought I had been working on a pattern for an hour or so, only to find that 8 hours had gone past. I have previously found this also in writing and in drawing. The fastest way for me to lose flow and to stop the creative process is to start back into thought, and especially when I start thinking how I can turn these talents into money making businesses.
We are conditioned from a young age to think in terms of success. Success for many is equated with usefulness, practicality and money. I was a daydreamer at school. Apparently daydreaming is bad and yet scientific research now shows that daydreaming is good for you. Undertaking any creative pursuit is good for you, and daydreaming is creative.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein
To be successful, happy, living the life you want to have, sometimes you need to give your thoughts a rest. Daydream, take up a new hobby, immerse yourself in something creative and let your thoughts rest. Going back to what you deem critical and important will then be more inspired, easier and more likely to give you the results you desire.
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