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May the "flow" be with you...

It’s the end of May, and I wanted a blog post dated May, so it looks like I am “on top of" this blog stuff. I checked back through my “proposed titles” and half written articles, and none jumped out at me. So, this is totally off the cuff.

I just got back from a cycle ride. I took the train to Wareham to pick up my bike from the repair shop and the plan was to ride back. Thankfully, the clouds had cleared to a breezy sunny afternoon.

Its Purbeck art weeks, so local artists open up for visitors. I love it, talking to people, finding out how they started, what they love about it, getting under the skin of it all. I find it calming, thinking not only how it presents now, but what the artist was thinking during creation, their focus and intent. I wonder how much they think about the final owner…my mind drifts to many perspectives. It was late in the day so we only made it to one, but it was a collection of various artists, so a good selection of different media. We cycle on, up some punishing climbs (but that word is used mainly because I’m not as fit as I’d like to be right now!). I’m rewarded with a stunning view over the harbour over to Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight stands proud in the sunlight. Weaving round, the next treat is Corfe Castle, again stretching into the sky bathed in the evening rays. I’ll admit to a stop at the Bankes Arms on Studland, you’ll struggle for a better beer garden, although The Pig on the Beach does provide further enjoyment! One the Sandbanks ferry back I realise I “lost” myself, I was totally in my “flow” this afternoon. I am so lucky to have found something that challenges me, and provides me with escapism at the same time.

I would normally analyse this, looking for some meaning, link it to theory or research, but this time I am going to leave it as it, and let you soak it in, and maybe think, where did I last lose myself? When was I last truly in “flow”? If it’s too long, what are you going to do about it?

I will just add one nod to some research, as Csikszentmihalyi coined the term flow! Check it out if you want more.

Sheela Hobden is a Coach at bluegreen Coaching. Following her own mental health battles, she now coaches individuals, runs training sessions and speaks at conferences. She has a real passion for helping medics and healthcare professionals take as much care of themselves as they do their patients! She has a PGCERT in Business and Personal Coaching, holds ACC member status with the ICF and is CIPD qualified.

Find her at or swimming in the sea, in Poole, Dorset.

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