Let’s Go Fly a Kite
The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves, the bright blue sky and picturesque cotton-ball clouds. I watched the kite soar higher and higher swaying to the right, then the left, in constant motion.
I was on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina right before the season began and the crowds set in. I was transfixed by this 30″ x 21″ nylon parafoil kite with an 87 inch tail. My concerns seemed to disappear. I was in a “Flow State.”
Many of us do not realize that meditation can be done without sitting on the floor cross-legged. Achieving a Flow State – a cousin of meditation – is a state of mind in which a person becomes fully immersed in an activity, according to positive psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who adds that Flow can happen anytime a person is deeply engaged in a task, including during learning activities and work-related projects.
The research on Flow shows that the activity can help people feel greater enjoyment, energy and involvement. Research has also shown that meditation is associated with sharpening areas of the brain involved in memory, learning, and emotion.
- Have you recently experienced the Flow State? What do you do that allows you to completely lose yourself in the moment?
- Do you meditate? If not, what is your equivalent of kite flying?
- What gets you out in nature and provides you with fun and space to be creative?
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Wishing you flow,
During the holiday season, we spend hours with family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers, celebrating all the good things that December brings. It is a good time to think about improving our relationships through the ways we communicate to those in our lives.
A bucket list is comprised of the experiences one wants to have during their lifetime. It seems that many people hold on to their lists until they are older and have “more time.”
I recently went to a concert of one of my favorite musicians: Keith Urban. At age 54, with more than 30 years in the music industry, he rocked a sold-out 25,000-person outdoor venue for 2+ hours on a Sunday evening in 90-degree heat. What an inspiration!
We shouldn’t have to pretend that everything is okay when it isn’t.
On a recent road trip, I stopped in Charlotte, North Carolina and discovered the city loves public art. It boasts over 60 murals, one of which caught my eye and my heart – the Confetti Hearts Wall Mural by artist Evelyn Hanson in the South End neighborhood.
Everyone has heard, seen and dissected the “slap” Will Smith bestowed on Chris Rock. On the precipice of receiving the crowning achievement of his career, the Academy Award for Best Actor, Smith slapped Rock on television before a global audience.