I had an interesting experience last weekend which really emphasized to me the power of being in the "flow" in the least likely place I would expect a lesson on cosmic energy: playing a family game of corn hole. If you've never heard of it, corn hole is an outdoor recreational game people play in their backyards. As far as I can tell its popularity is pretty confined to the United States. I never came across it when living in the UK or Italy, and it is a staple at any outdoor gathering in the US.
The game consists of two long, raised, angular boards set several feet apart. The boards each have a hole cut out at the top. You toss four beanbags one at a time toward a board, and if your bag lands on the board you get one point and if it goes through the hole you get three points.
I don't have a lot of experience with corn hole. I've been around it a lot, and it's fun enough, but I am never the first to volunteer to play. If they need me to play I will, but I'm guessing I've maybe played it five times in my life. We went to my dad's last weekend and they had corn hole set up. After getting reacquainted with the rules, we split into teams and began playing. As we started, the bags I was tossing were all over the place. We were laughing as I completely missed the board so consistently that it was a big deal if I even managed to land a bag on the board. It seemed getting in the hole would be an unachievable goal for me.
Suddenly, I though about the things I've heard and read about the power of energy. I wasn't sure how it might apply to this situation, but I decided to start internally playing around with harnessing my energy at the spiritual eye and focusing on the hole each time I tossed a bag. Instantly, I stated connecting with the hole. It was truly remarkable. I went from being all over the place with my throws to having laser precision. Suddenly I was the secret weapon and we were joking I was like a pool shark (we just forgot to start playing for money - lol!). As long as I connected my energy to the hole, I was tossing the bags in the hole one after the other. It really was like I was under a spell - while applying my energy I couldn't miss.
We were playing where the winning team would keep playing and the other players would rotate in at the start of each new round to challenge the previous winners. Ultimately, I had to give up my spot because others weren't getting enough play time, and when I came back to the game I had let go of that energetic flow and fell back to how I started - hardly making any connection to the board much less the hole.
I love to try to break things down into really practical explanations when topics go esoteric, but in this case it is difficult for me to expound too much on how I was getting into this flow. Some things in life are just mysterious and don't lend themselves well to explanation. The best I can say is I was connecting with the energy in the forehead/between the eyebrows and focusing on the hole in the board for which I was aiming. This was done in an open, relaxed way - I was still interacting and laughing with everyone around me. At one point I even joked, "Ok, is anyone interested now in the power of being in an energetic flow?!"
It was really a fun illustration of the power of harnessing our energy. The game was completely recreational, obviously - nothing at stake, totally for fun. Imagine utilizing that power toward things that DO matter. I think it was a way for the universe to clearly make its point about what is possible when we utilize that flow of energy toward our highest purpose.
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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