Not long ago, the New York Times published an article about something that's been happening during the pandemic. It's that feeling that's not quite depression, but you're definitely not up. You're not exactly flourishing, but also not in the throes of despair. What might be happening is called languishing!
Part of "languishing" is that "it dulls your motivation, disrupts your ability to focus, and triples the odds that you'll cut back on work."
I don't know about you, but that hit a certain way for me. "You don't catch yourself slipping slowly into solitude; you're indifferent to your indifference."
So what can be done about it? Apparently, a concept called "flow" can help. Flow is a state of absorption where time, space, and sense of self melt away. Some ways of achieving this are to get involved in a project, no matter how small or seemingly mundane. Give yourself uninterrupted, undistracted time.
This happens for me when I'm spending time in nature. A teacher of mine recently asked me, "when was the last time you were surprised by life?" It's when I was camping, alone, in nature.
Where do you find this state of flow, of absorption, of wholehearted activity where the sense of a "you" takes a back seat for awhile?
EJ Fry, L.Ac.