Recently I wrote about my love of surfing, and how important it is to take time for yourself to play and do the things you love.
We’re dragged in so many different directions these days with work, friends, family and all manner of commitments, that I’m seeing it’s more and more difficult for people to make time for themselves.
In such a situation it’s very easy for the wheels to come off, as there’s never any time to think, let alone reflect and assess where you’re at. You need those moments of ‘you time’ where you can recalibrate. Without it, it’s very easy to get sidetracked into a road you’ve not intended to take, pushed on by momentum, with no-one at the steering wheel, heading for who knows where.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at an event with a group of people that had decided to take some ‘me time.’
No phones, no distractions, just a few hours in a beautiful space, reconnecting with themselves and meeting new people. Organised by Jonathan Bowen, Flow, is a pop event in Manchester City Centre that gives people the space and time to reconnect with themselves and figure their shit out.
It's not a selfish thing to do, on the contrary it's selfless. The best thing you can ever do for the world and those you love is be the best version of yourself you can be. To make time for yourself, is to take responsibility which is the ultimate path to freedom.
The day was relaxing and rejuvenating with yoga, meditation, talks, good food and excellent like minded individuals. Nothing complex, just some time and space to get back into a flow and ask:
Who am I?
What do I want?
What do I need?
Where am I going?
How do I get there?
For some people it was simply a chance to relax and switch off from all the outside noise.
If that sounds like a good plan to you and if you’re in need of some space to get your flow back, the next event is just around the corner in November at the Wonder Inn, Shudehill, Manchester. For more info visit http://www.flowmcr.com/home.html.