The past month and a half has flown by busy with the planning involved in making January’s Anticipation post happen. It has been a trying time in recent weeks especially given the ongoing state of things in the wider world. I have found it difficult to focus on the excitement of my year ahead. However, there have been amazing moments of Flow as I tick off my Projects list.
This Flow is what I am reflecting on at present. It’s that feeling Mihaly Csikszentmihayli refers to in his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience:
The best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.
The incomparable Sir Ken Robinson talks about being in your Element:
When people are in their Element, they connect with something fundamental to their sense of identity, purpose, and well-being.
So these are the messages I am reflecting on and internalising with Gratitude and Hope that all is unfolding as it should for me.
Flow is such a great state of being. It turns out that being in a state of Flow is a brilliant way to learn. I have just finished reading a book by Joseph Bharat Cornell of Sharing Nature Worldwide called Flow Learning: Opening Heart and Spirit Through Nature. A fantastic read that has really ignited a spark for me in terms of my teaching practice. And you don’t need to be a professional educator to appreciate this book. Anyone looking to be inspired by Nature can find something magical here.
And so to my Projects. All this time in my Element has resulted in Pure Spaces Education starting to take the shape of the conservation and environmental education hub I dreamed it would be. The Wellbeing Toolbox and Nature pages have had a little refresh. Most excitingly each section now has a free reflection activity to download. An opportunity to put these concepts and ideas into practice! You can find the download button at the end of each section and eventually on the Projects page you will be able to access all downloads in one place…. coming soon.
The Projects page is turning into a bit of a professional Portfolio. If you see something on the Projects page you or your organisation might be interested in making more bespoke, let’s have a Chat about it.
My Pelo Tales Fundraiser for Rise of the Matriarch has one more month to go. Please check this out if you haven’t already, share far and wide, donate if you can. Every dollar counts. And thank you for supporting this great cause!
Enjoy the free activity downloads! I hope you find something to inspire and uplift 🖤