Skill 5 Encouragement – Captured by the Flow

In the flow you freely hold both attachment (desire) and detachment (intent). From this space flow the strokes of your artful gift.

Choice is internal. Decision is external. Too often we make decisions without the foundation of choice. A decision must be in service to a choice; and our choices must honor the true self.

If we learn to handle our own souls tenderly and lovingly, then we’ll be able to carry this same loving wisdom into the world outside. −Richard Rhor, Simplicity (2003)

Desire & Intent become one in the flow, one in our way of being. Desire drives choice. Intent drives decision. We have the power to bring Desire & Intent into the flow, but only thorough awareness. The energy of your gift is carried and renewed in this flow.

Desire can become controlling (attachment) if it does not connect with intent (detachment). When desire connects through intent, it detaches from and simply flows free in the present; Desire & Intent then flows with purpose.

Several years ago, while awaiting the arrival of lifelong friends, I sat on the lodge porch and wrote a piece entitled, A Non-Anxious Presence. From that piece: While focus is one of the most sought after treasures of the 21st Century, one must be careful in obtaining it. It is true that what you focus on grows. Just be certain that what gets your focus is good. I wonder, does something get our focus or is our focus captured. Maybe that is the safety mechanism−be sure your focus is captured.

It takes precious energy to be captured by the flow (and not drown in the process) … and:
1) Yes, you have a gift for the world.
2) This gift is energized by how you give to self.
3) Fueled by this internal charity, your gift flows with each moment.

See companion post, A Shift with Expectation

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About Jeff Brunson

In this whirling 21st Century the individual needs to embrace the authentic self and confidently leverage the energy and power found there. As we entered the 21st Century, I became more concerned about what leaders like you needed for successful influence and personal fulfillment. As we move deeper into this challenging 21st Century, I’m more convinced than ever that the core of my work is in helping individual leaders remember who they are − a trueness. It is about confidence found in your authenticity.

8 thoughts on “Skill 5 Encouragement – Captured by the Flow

  1. I believe that we can place our focus where we intend it to be. And also that our focus gets snagged by things that we are attached to or that push our buttons. It’s a both/and, not an either/or.

  2. Thank you for this fascinating thought Jeff. I think that focus is captured when one is intentional and deliberate. You would “get” it more in a non-planned life.

  3. I like the idea that desire must connect with intent–“When desire connects through intent, it detaches from and simply flows free in the present; Desire & Intent then flows with purpose.” Well put, Jeff!

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