Joy of Living in the Zone
by Keith Varnum
What do people want most in the world? What is the most sought-after
goal? From the moment we awaken to the moment we close our eyes at night, what
is it we seek every minute of the day?
We want to feel good. The primary motivation behind every action we take
is the desire to feel happy. Even when we’re focused on moving away from pain,
we are, in effect, moving toward feeling good—physically, emotionally and
What Do They Get from Opera?
As a kid, I often asked myself, “Why do people engage in life-endangering
activities like sky-diving, car racing and mountain climbing?” And I wondered,
“Why do people choose dangerous jobs, like being a firefighter, cop or
ambulance driver? I was also confounded by the large amounts of money and time
people spend going to the opera, rock concerts and sports events. The budding
journalist in me asked, “What do all these activities have in common? What’s the compelling force driving people to invest most of
their precious free time, or whole lives, in these pursuits? What, in heaven’s
name, are people looking for?”
A Rush Is a Rush Is a Rush!
At one point in my teens, I saw the light. It’s so obvious really. We
want to feel! We want to feel something. On some level, we all know that life
is about feeling. If we don’t feel life, we miss life. And, of course, the most
popular choice is to feel good. Whatever way we choose to get ourselves to
feel, the end goal is the same: to experience the good side of life—as fully
and powerfully as possible! We want to feel really alive and happy. Some people
call it Joy. Some Pleasure. Some Rush, Electricity,
Juice, Fire or Passion!
The Pursuit of “The Zone”
If you listen to the language of the street throughout the world, you’ll
hear what’s on the minds of most folks. There’s one prevailing theme running
through most peoples’ conversations. They’re talking about their desire to feel
good. And they want to find the quickest, easiest way to feel good. I call this
the pursuit of “The Zone.” The Zone is the place of feeling good. It goes by
many names. On a roll. In the flow.
In a groove. Steamin’ Jivin’ Clickin’ Rockin’ or Cookin’. Many different names, one essence, one feeling.
What is The Zone?
Being in The Zone is when everything goes right! You feel great! You’re
on top of the world. Somehow you’re magically in the right place at the right
time, and everything is working out just like you want. To be in the flow is to
be dialed into your natural state of clarity, presence and personal power. It's
being free of tension, worry and draining emotions. It's living with a sense of
ease, vitality and deep inner calm.
The Zone is an altered state of consciousness—a state of perfect focus,
peace and high performance. When you're in The Zone you are your true self. You
regain your natural intuitive ability to be where you need to be to get what
you want. You don't have to effort when you're on a roll. Everything just seems
to fall into place by itself. You feel expanded, bigger than life. Often you
revel in the exhilarating sensation of being outside your body, controlling
what’s happening to you from a broader point of view.
A Space of Magic and Marvels
In major Zone adventures, your consciousness moves outside the limited physical
universe. When this happens, you’re no longer bound by the physical laws of
time and space. You can stretch—and contract—time and space to your desire,
just as sports stars who make the impossible catch or dancers who fly
effortlessly across the stage. You seem to have all the time you need to do
what you need to do. Life is fun when you’re cookin’.
You feel serenely emboldened. Life becomes a game that you enjoy playing.
Jocks and Ballerinas Share a Secret
What do top professional athletes, dancers, salespeople and detectives
have in common? They have refined the pursuit of The Zone down to an art! They
all appreciate the value of developing a reliable way to enter The Golden Magic
Zone. They know that finding a personal portal to The Flow is the key to
producing consistent peak performance.
A Wellspring of Creativity
In The Zone you achieve your goals quickly because you’re tapped into
your natural spiritual power. You focus on a wish and it manifests almost
instantly. You do the right thing immediately without second-guessing yourself.
You generate boundless energy for your job, relationships and creative
pursuits. You’re able to relax whenever you want and simply delight in the
beauty and wonder of the Now Moment. Being consistently in the groove, you
miraculously transform your life into a journey full of abundance and success.
In major Zone encounters, you tap into your innate telepathic abilities.
You communicate without words. You read other peoples’ intentions before
they’re expressed. You often know what your partner is going to say before he
or she utters a word. The self-talk that is always critical is no longer there
to diminish you. You feel as if you can do anything—and you do. You're in the
present moment. Your mind is clear. You have a sense of inner knowing that
cannot be learned from a book, but is only known by accessing it directly.
Such spaces are often seen as mystical, religious states. In reality,
being in The Zone is just you being more you. Being in the right place at the
right time is your natural state. Recognize, cultivate and relish the times
when you enter The Zone. The more consciously you acknowledge, appreciate and
savor the Flow, the more accustomed you become to your natural state of feeling
good! The more you vibrate with the joy of aliveness, the more you will attract
people and circumstances that perpetuate your stay in The Zone!
Keith Varnum has 30 years of practical success as an author, accupuncturist, personal coach, filmmaker, vision quest
guide and international seminar leader, and is the owner of http://www.TheDream.com
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