Going with the Flow of a Beautiful Life

I often talk about “going with the flow.” I’m a big proponent of going with the flow. I think I do it so well. I even get a little annoyed at those that just can’t go with the flow. Well, lately I notice it’s not so easy.

We are still vacationing and visiting family in California. That part is great. I KNOW I have the best family anyone could have. We are busy, planning each day, going here and there, making sure we fit everything we want to do into these weeks. Busy, busy, busy little bees we are. First of all, understand that I wouldn’t change any part of this visit at all. I would be miserably unhappy if I missed seeing someone I wanted to see or going somewhere I wanted to go.

However, I am reminded of the main reason we moved to a quieter, serene and tranquil life. I just don’t like to HAVE to be somewhere all the time. I value my alone time. I like spending time with me. It’s easy to go with the flow when not much is flowing!

I have built a little cocoon life for myself (hubby included). We go to church two times a week. We live in a positive atmosphere. We have our friends that we visit with. We have our little routine that we live. AND all of this has made for a nice little stress-free life. It was by design. I was through letting stress get the better of me.

Isn’t it interesting that every time we would visit in California, my body would react with pain. I thought that maybe it was the weather??? Silly me! It didn’t occur to me that I was just getting caught up in all the ado. I haven’t been taking time to say my positive affirmations as often. I feel that I am being encroached upon. Bottom line is that I haven’t been going with the flow. I’ve been complaining! I hear negative talk and I have been buying into it! I’ve become grumpy! I’m not being patient or considerate! Ouch, this really hurts.

It would be so easy to blame this on being out of my regular realm. I could say that it will all get better when I get home. The truth is – that is baloney! I take me wherever I go. I am me wherever I go.

So, what to do? Well, first off, I will not beat myself up. The fact that I’ve recognized this whole thing is a huge revelation for me. GET CENTERED! I know that when I’m aligned with God and in tune to who I really am, I see Life in a beautifully clear way. Take deep breaths, know how deeply and completely loved I am, smile, feel the peace that is within me, look at the world through the eyes of my heart, not my head, know that each of us is doing the best we can at any given moment, and stay in the now and out of the how. This is what I’ve been missing. This is where I belong, this is what brings me peace and joy. This is what it takes to “wake” me up and in-joy life. This is what it takes to be able to go with the flow in a peaceful, light-hearted way. This is where and how I love living my life. Remembering that God is in the midst of EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME. Knowing that that is a good thing.

It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing. This is the truth of who I am, who we all are. Busy lives aside, we are all spiritual beings, not human doings even if we get caught up in the everydayness of life. The Universe is here FOR us, not against us. That’s why feeling positive feels good and feeling negative doesn’t feel so good. Negativity goes against our nature.

I’m reminded that happiness is a state of mind that we choose, over and over again. We don’t choose it once. It is a daily decision. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND US! That’s the thing, it just doesn’t matter. It’s what is going on inside of us, not outside. So simple to remember, yet sometimes not easy.

I am affirming today that I am at peace, I live in joy, I see the positive aspects of everything that comes my way.

Some people would say that I live in sort of a “pollyanna” world. I say that I live in the “best” world. This is the Life that works for me. This is where I thrive. This is the “real” me. In this I find it much easier to go with the flow of life. In this I find gratitude.

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  1. I just wanted to thank you for your very sweet comment on my blog post! It means a lot that you think so highly of my blog and I’m glad that you enjoy it!!

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  2. Ellen Beeton

     /  April 17, 2010

    Well, you are certainly welcome. I just love your blog.

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  3. Ellen, you are absolutely right. it is very easy to get loss with the influences of the outside and allow it to take us out of our frame.
    relying on the goodness in who we are to guide our being is what makes the going good.
    well said.

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  4. Hi Ellen, 🙂

    Great post, I think we have all faced this at some time and it is so good that you recognise what is happening.

    You are so right when you say. . .

    “I’m reminded that happiness is a state of mind that we choose, over and over again. We don’t choose it once. It is a daily decision. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND US! That’s the thing, it just doesn’t matter. It’s what is going on inside of us, not outside. So simple to remember, yet sometimes not easy.”

    So good that you are consciously ‘resetting’ and centering yourself and staying in the now – isn’t it amazing how different the same reality can look depending on which lens you are viewing it through.

    I wish you peace and joy as you go with the flow. 🙂

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  5. Ellen Beeton

     /  April 18, 2010

    Thank you so much Philly and Susannah. It amazes me how easy I (and possibly we all) get caught up in the stuff going on around us and we see it as what is “real.” It’s a daily choice to stay centered. Hugs to you both!

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  6. Oh, my, you have a furkid named Meeka. I bet she’s as sweet and nice as me 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It sure is nice to meet a new friend.

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  7. Ellen Beeton

     /  April 19, 2010

    Yes I do! She is the black and white shih tzu you see in the pictures here. My little white one is named Sugar Plum. I love Goldens. We had one, named Goldilocks, but now she lives with my son because she wanted less of a sedentary life and more of an active life, so we succumbed to her wishes and let her live with him and his other two big doggies. It was hard, but we visit often. Later I will post some of her pics on here. She is Adorable with a capital A.

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  8. Hi Ellen, you are correct, it doesn’t matter what is going on around us, and what matters is what is going on inside us! I really like that!

    Peace, it’s so important. “let nothing disturb your peace,” …. “free us from all anxiety…”.

    What a wonderful blog you have Ellen!

    **Jeannie

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  9. Wonderful, insightful post, Ellen!

    For me, one of the most delightful things about growing older is discovering who I am inside–what makes me tick–and embracing the woman I’ve become. I think it’s easier to focus on what’s of real importance in life now than it was when I was much younger.

    Thanks so much, Ellen, for your very kind words about my blog. I greatly appreciate it. 🙂

    –Susan

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  10. I love this blog! It meant so much to me that you visited my blog (I’m new to blogging–just one month). I appreciate this blog post because I love the idea of staying put this summer and not giving in to the stress of over scheduling! Thanks! http://www.livewithflair.blogspot.com/

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  11. Ellen Beeton

     /  May 20, 2010

    Thanks, Susan, unfortunately, I didn’t see your comment until today. I’ve been on a long vacation and using a computer when I can. I’m home now and planning on spending today reading all the blogs I haven’t read in a long time, and blogging myself. Thanks, again.

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