PEOPLE USE THE saying ‘go with the flow’ all the time to encourage themselves, or others, to relax, chill out and take it easy. Going with the flow is essentially the path of least resistance. And this is the essence of ‘downstream thinking’ championed by Esther Hicks, American inspirational speaker and author. But while going with the flow might imply maintaining the status quo because it’s easier, downstream thinking is a very deliberate act: one of choosing better thoughts that keep you in a good-feeling state despite what’s going on.
For example, if your boss asks you to work overtime at the same time you are moving house, instead of thinking ‘I’m so stressed, I don’t know how I’m going to deal with this,’ which sends you upstream struggling against the current as your mind dwells on what’s wrong or why it can’t cope, instead you could think, ‘I’m going to look for the positives in this situation’, or, ‘I’ve managed this sort of situation in the past and can do again’, or even ‘I bet I’ll nd a way to make this easier’.
This sort of thinking helps you to stay optimistic, despite what might be going on in the here and now. It’s about choosing better-feeling thoughts, despite how general they may need to be, to stay calm and relaxed.
For the rest of the feature and to find out how downstream thinking can be applied to all areas of your life, grab yourself a copy of the April issue of Top Sante.