In the opening scene of the new Disney movie, Soul, Joe Gardner - the middle school band teacher tells Connie to “go for it” on the trombone.
What happened instead is she went totally off piece and into her own realm. She entered the beautiful state of flow.
After a few class laughs, Joe describes his visit to the jazz club with his dad, where he saw a piano player start with a few chords, and then, in Joe’s words:
“And I swear the next thing I know it’s like he… floats off the stage. That guy was lost in the music, he was in it. And he took the rest of us with him. That’s when I knew, I was born to play.”
As he’s describing this, you can see his own floating into another realm.
Later on, when he’s playing for a part in a band set, he does the same thing as Connie. He starts in sync, then goes into his own world where everything stands still but the music.
It tells of an important lesson for us all to find our own flow. Where time stops, everything around you is a distraction, and you feel different. Your state of consciousness is heightened and you’re oblivious to people and things around you.
If someone was to speak to you, you’d mumble a few words or make a few sounds. You don’t really know what they’re asking, all you want them to do is leave you to it.
That’s flow state.
It’s the state I seek everyday. Nothing replicates it. Writing here gives me an excuse to find it, and for this piece, write about it too.
Go check out Connie and Joe.
Then go find your flow.