What is movement flow?
The flow behaves like an independent living being. It is obstinate and delicate as a cat. You can’t command the flow to come. It comes by itself. The flow comes and goes, but with training, the flow comes faster, and easier. The more flow experience you have, the longer and more intense it becomes. The ability to get into the flow is like riding a bike – you don’t forget it anymore.
Flow is just a clue
As a rule, the flow does not give you any exact information to move. It is about movement tendencies. The flow doesn’t give you more information than you need to get just an idea.
There are different types of flow
Depending on which flow you tune into, other types of movements come out. Chi Gong, Kung-Fu, Krumping, Feldenkrais, Breakin, Popping, etc. are different movement flows. There are speaking flows, writing flows, painting flows, etc.
The flow is always there
Whether it unfolds or not depends only on whether you are paying attention to the flow and giving it energy.
How do you get into the flow?
To flow you need the courage to dedicate yourself
It takes courage because the flow leads you into movements that are unknown to you. The unknown is always scary at the beginning. It takes courage and trust here. The flow changes people and that too is scary at the beginning. Surrender means stop trying to control something. Wanting to understand something is like wanting to control something.
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.“– Pema Chodron
Have no idea of the flow
You can have an inner attitude, like a blank sheet of white paper. No motive, no direction, no intention. As soon as one believes to understand the flow, expectations develop. If these expectations are not fulfilled, one gets into doubt. The doubt kills the flow.
Do not think
To get into the flow you must stop thinking about the movements.
Judgement kills the flow
Judgment is a result of thinking, which is why judgment also separates from the flow. Negative judgment destroys the flow immediately. But you can’t give a positive judgment either because you’ve done something surprisingly beautiful for example.
Many mental comments come as well-intentioned advice or criticism: “The movement looks better differently.”, “I can’t do that”, “That doesn’t suit me.”, “That looks ridiculous.”, “I heard it that’s unhealthy. “, “That was a nice movement!”, “I’m not that flexible”, etc. A way has to be found to take the inner monologue out of its influence on the flow. The flow can just happen without judgment.
Flow is a process of remembering
As children, we are in the flow. We act out of inner impulses without thinking. Later, when we get older, we learn to suppress spontaneous impulses with well-considered strategies for action. Experiencing flow means remembering something you had as a child.
Keep the focus on body awareness
Move. Perceive every signal from your body, no matter how small. Examine it. Get closer. Move again. Always try to feel When you start pondering, return your attention to the feeling.
A distraction-free training ground
You need a protected space where you will not be distracted. It is difficult to go deep if you are constantly being torn out by ringing phones, children, etc. You should be certain that you can experiment undisturbed for a couple of hours because the mind does not relax when it does knows it doesn’t have enough time.
Sometimes it can be difficult to indulge in the flow when you feel watched. Perhaps there shouldn’t be any other viewers for the beginning.
Listen to good music
Music makes us feel. It doesn’t matter what we hear, the main thing is that it touches us. We can let ourselves be hypnotized by rhythms.
One thought to control all thoughts
Basically, meditation is also based on a thought: A thought that dominates and suppresses all other thoughts. Not thinking is also the work of thought. In movement flow, the task of thinking is to keep reminding you to stay focused on the flow. A thought that says: “Don’t get distracted.”
The problem with thinking
Thinking keeps you in the comfort zone
The mind wants to protect us against danger by trying to foresee the future and avoiding unknown terrain. When flow moving there are unknown emotions, unknown feelings, unknown movements, etc. Since we don’t know trance and ecstasy either, we don’t like to go there either. Thinking keeps us from leaping into the unknown. It keeps us in the safe comfort zone, i.e. where there is no growth. Thinking doesn’t like change.
Thinking repeats movements
Thinking tends to go again on a path that has been taken once. Thinking works with memories, i.e. knowledge of the past. This also happens with movements. When the mind memorizes a sequence of movements, it tends to repeat it over and over again. You then get into a loop and creativity falls asleep.