I recently went with my two daughters to see Disney’s new movie Finding Dory.
For those who have either seen the new movie, or the original hit movie Finding Nemo, you will remember the turtles that personify surfer dudes who ride in the EAC, or the East Australian Current.
The sea turtles do a great job at helping the rigid, more uptight personality of Marlin the fish (Nemo’s Dad) and help him ease into the current and relax and enjoy the ride. It’s always been my favorite part of the movie because despite all the obstacles they are facing, as the viewer you finally feel like they are making some progress in their long difficult journey.
Recently, after a long day in dealing with kids, doing some things around the house, and feeling a bit under the weather, I finally willed myself to lay down in my hammock and feel the sunshine on my face. As I began to feel better by the minute, the parallel to the movie hit me, “I need to ease into the current more often to get my momentum back.”
If you are familiar with the teachings of Abraham Hicks, this “current” would be similar to getting into what is called the “vortex.” It is in this place where we feel flow, clarity, and it’s like we are getting things done and gaining momentum effortlessly. When we are in that space, we never want to leave and we realize that we need to get in that place more often!
Dr. Wayne Dyer frequently lectured and reflected on the words of the song, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” I remember feeling how incredible the lyrics in that song were! This simple song offers an approach to living our lives with more ease and getting into the current more often.
“Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream.”
Here are a few ideas on how to get into the current more often and ride it for all it’s worth:
1. Take Power Naps
Naps are an incredible way to reset your body, mind and spirit during the day. Don’t think that these need to be very long; they can be anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes and you’ll feel the benefits all day. If you don’t have your own bed to lay down in, try lying under your office desk with some peaceful music in your ears or even in your car with the seat laid down. Bonus tip: If it’s a fairly warm time of year, lay or sit in the sun and close your eyes. You’ll feel an incredible element of rest and rejuvenation by our life-giving star.
2. Walk Into It
Walks are an amazing way of getting into the current. A study released in April 2014 by Stanford University researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined the creativity levels of people while they walked versus when they were sitting and found that a person’s creative output increased by over 60 percent when walking! It’s no secret that the late Steve Jobs loved walks to find inspiration and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has also been known to do meetings while walking with employees. Get outside and allow your body and mind to get in sync and realign if you feel you are spinning out during the day. Walk wherever you can, but if you have the ability to walk in nature that is a super plus. Find a riverside trail, a park, or something that allows you to be inspired.
3. Hit Me with Music
Bob Marley may have said it best, “One good thing about music, when it hits you—you feel no pain.” Having a go to playlist with mood elevating songs that inspire your creative flare, and songs that make you feel grateful, in love, or reflective are all necessary. I highly value my monthly music subscription because to me it’s not a gadget, it’s a necessity to use in order to do my greatest work and get into the current. Unleash its power into your life more often.
There are countless ways to get into the current. The main idea is to do what works for you and makes you feel happy and elevates your spirit. I’ve found the more often I’m riding in this current of momentum, the more I feel just like the sea turtles in the Nemo movie and want to yell “righteous, righteous!” at the top of my lungs because life can be so fun.
Author: Brock Cannon
Image: Movie Still
Editors: Travis May; Emily Bartran