Find whatever it is that you love doing so much that when you are engaged in it, you lose all sense of time. One of those things for me is dancing.
After writing my last post, I felt a sense of emptiness. I thought of all the things I keep saying I want to do and don’t. Life works in funny ways. That evening, I found myself at an event put on by some friends and I was dancing again. I also signed up for a pottery course – something I’ve been saying I want to do for 3 years (Thanks Flowers).
What is it that makes you lose all sense of time? The Search Institute, one of the lead research organizations that focuses on discovering what kids need to succeed, refers to it as your “spark”. Martin E.P. Seligman, the leader in the positive psychology movement, talks about flow – being one with the music – a loss of self-consciousness while engaged in a particular activity.
We are all creative and inspiring beings at heart. I advocate for this perspective all the time in my work. There are so many people out there who haven’t had an opportunity to find a healthy experience of that loss of self-consciousness in a moment of total absorption in something that they truly love and are talented at. Yet, it’s such an essential part of each of our well-being and flourishing.
Always surround yourself with people who inspire you.