How to Be in Flow for the Holidays and After

holiday-peace-candlesPeople usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

This year, fall has been lovely and I have been able to take advantage of it by spending more time outdoors. One of my favorite spots is a lovely small river not far from my home that I often go to sit and dream.

I am immediately drawn to the greenish gray color of the river. I sit myself on the grass as I watch the water’s gracious flow as it finds its way over twigs, branches and rocks slowly, softly and magnificently.

As I take in the river, a soft peace fills my body, mind and soul.

The gray green river teaches me:

to flow with rather than fight against.

obstacles can be worked with

I can make peace with what is

to live more simply

to go slow

nothing I want is upstream.

And slowly but surely as I watch the river, I become a person “in flow”.

And I begin to:

feel more at ease, more quietly joyful.

let go of self-defeating thoughts.

make peace with what is.

become more in tune with the goodness and beauty around me.

be in the moment.

treat myself more gently.

feel very, very grateful.

So when you are fighting traffic, or waiting in long lines with other holiday shoppers or at parties where it is loud and you just want to be home…stop and visualize the gray green river. Pick a mantra like, “I am in flow today.” “I can make life simple by being here now in this moment.”

Before you know it, you will be noticing without judging, experiencing being part of life with all its mystery and you may even find yourself smiling. That is what being in flow is all about.

Brenda Strausz is a therapist and coach with a practice in the Metro Detroit area. She combines conventional and alternative modalities to help her clients live with more ease and joy. She specializes in stress reduction, anxiety and women’s issues. Brenda can be reached on her website or

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