All About Process
The past few months I’ve been aware of the process of life … the process in every detail of life as well as the over arching process of life as a whole. I will admit to not being a huge fan of process :-). I tend to see where I am and where I intend to go, and do not necessarily understand the need for all those steps in-between. So it’s been an interesting active practice for me these past few months to recognize this tendency in myself and allow myself to sink more richly into the joy of process. After all, I know quite clearly there is no beginning and no ending, so we certainly will be most content if we are enjoying the process! But it is one thing to know something intellectually, and quite another to viscerally live it with every fiber of our physical being, emotional investment and mental clarity, no?
Another word that continually arises for me recently is flow. One might immediately see the obvious connection between process and flow. For me flow is about the willingness to let go of everything I think I know or understand about any given situation and just let the whole process unfold in it’s own time; without the need to insert my personal wants, desires or judgements to create a particular outcome. On one had, this is incredibly freeing! On the other, it does stir up the needs for control that lie deep within. I find the best way to address that is to insert a pause … to not take action when it feels like I’m “set on it”. When a situation arises and I immediately sense that “I know” what’s going one, and what needs to be done, I’m learning to stop myself and let it rest. Before speaking or taking action, I allow myself the time to investigate that sense of “I know’ to double check who is the “I” who thinks they know something. Often times I discover it’s coming from the personal “I” which is typically the one with the need for control. When I’m able to acknowledge this, and acknowledge the needs of that part of me (those needs are totally valid!), I’m able to look more deeply at what that underlying need is and address that (realizing it typically has little to do with the situation that originally arose!). Then I can return my attention to the situation at hand, and respond from the universal “I” … the one that has the best interest at heart for everyone involved. Ha! It’s a process :-).
Thanks for reading and indulging this writing process! Always love to hear from you about what’s happening in your neck of the woods and how life is unfolding for you. You are always in my prayers and blessings, and my wish for you is that life treats you kindly and gently, while bringing you abundant insights, prosperity and endless moments of peace.
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A contemplative human; being in the world but not of it.