In classical Greek Mythology, Persephone (Who was also known as Kore or Cora) Was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Hades abducted her to his underworld Where she lives before returning in spring To cause the cycle of life to continue.
Even though it is now springtime in the North Cora has drawn humanity in her underworld In a way not seen for a generation. This prolonged winter is out-of-sync with The natural seasons, but gives us time to reflect And become more conscious of the world around us.
How should we best prepare for Cora’s return? Many minds are mulling on this at the moment. They say that even when she returns, The world will never be the same again Our expectations, our structures, our systems They will all have to change.
So, for each of us, we have an opportunity. We can spring clean our lives before her return We can make a list or an inventory Of those things we like and want to keep And those things that we want to let go of. In preparation for Cora’s return.
Deeper than that, we can choose to make New life choices that affect other people Use the time to pray for, ponder and meditate On a better world for all. To reconnect to our own true nature and To remember the fragility of humanity.
More than anything, to rediscover our ability To create and nurture deeper relationships With the things that matter most to us And to simplify our lives by reducing clutter And unnecessary noise in our busy lives. So we are truly ready for Cora’s return
You know the feeling. When you are flowing with effortless ease. When everything is “firing on all six cylinders” And working in harmony. Plans and ideas move into place, with no friction And all things work in the way they were designed to be.
Flow isn’t just a great feeling; It’s also one of the main contributors to the success Of any great project, team or company. The dividends are great for those that design for flow. They become faster, more efficient, more successful And out-perform those around them that ignore her.
How can we work better with this mysterious thing called flow? Flow starts to move in the channel of the listener. She takes the easy route: the path of least resistance. Like a stream or river heading down to the sea. She flows around any obstacle, rock or pebble To get down to the next pool and onwards to the sea.
Flow is fragile when she appears and is hard to retain. She can vanish and nobody knows where she has gone. The strange thing in a business is that no single person Is responsible for creating or destroying her. Nor does anyone really have the overall power or responsibility To get her back when she is gone!
Without flow, everything slows. Deadlines slip and budgets bloat. People get irritable and start blaming one another. Games are played that increase the blockages Which makes flow vanish even faster. She is as mysterious and transient as the Queen Bee!
Jazz players call it “being in the groove”. Each player feels the beat Each one dancing with harmony, discord and periods of silence. In the moment. There’s no score, just a few hidden rules to be broken. Performing with no effort, she demands hours of practice. Whilst listening for the beat, flow rewards those that study her. Invisible and ephemeral, we love to play with her hidden mysteries.