We invite you to adopt the Temple of Poi Flowology Mindset™.
If you're uncertain it is right for you, we encourage you to try
it for a limited period and then, if you don't like it, don't
use it. A 6 week trial commitment provides the data necessary
to draw conclusions regarding this mindset. During this trial,
embrace the mindset rigorously in your practice.
Our mindset asks you the practitioners, to the best of your ability
(which by the nature of learning will improve over time), to incorporate
the three principles outlined below in your flow practice. Should
you realize the invaluable gifts created in your flow practice
through this mindset, we encourage your enthusiastic inclusion
of these principles throughout your life and invite you to share
the mindset with other's who are willing to try it.
3 Principles of the Temple of Poi Flowology™
Principle I: Leave your
judgment outside the door.
- Learning presents enough challenges without adding the
unnecessary weight of self judgment or the negative impact
experienced in judging (and being judged by) others. We
have witnessed countless students discouraged because
they judged themselves. We have experienced dampened creativity
when ego driven judgments trample acceptance of Self and
- The first principle asks students to embrace learning
as a process, understanding that mastering a flow art (much
like life) is an ongoing practice rather than a
drive thru meal completed as quickly as possible.
- Just as adults speak more powerfully at 33 than they could
at 3, flow practitioners will build their skills and artistry
through lessons and experiences acquired over time.
- This principle reminds students to be compassionate with
their own learning process and to offer Others the same
- As the community embraces this principle, we co-create
an open environment where people have the liberty to define
their strengths and safety to press beyond past limitations.
- By embracing this principle, practitioners choose to focus
on creating results instead of judgments, a practice which
solidifies and strengthens a foundation artists can draw
from and build upon throughout their flow rEvolution.
Principle II: Choose your language consciously,
reflecting a positive attitude.
- As an example, instead of saying, "I can't do this!"
say, "I can't do this yet." By adding the word
"yet" to the sentence, students welcome the possibility
of eventually learning the move.
- Just as Rome was not built in a day, mastery is not acquired
in a month.
- Even if you forget for a moment that there are empowering
choices available, as you remember you can immediately create
a positive attitude by laughing at and to yourself even
as you support yourself with grace and compassion.
- The second principle welcomes challenging experiences
whose lessons we use as feedback to facilitate further growth
- We are reminded to continually choose the "I Can"
Mindset. "I Can" focuses on creating as many solutions
as are necessary to achieve the desired results, a formula
that always creates movement toward defined goals.
- Persevere in the face of fear, frustration and low skill
to acquire more learnings and you will continue to gain
the knowledge required to unlock more complex puzzles and
lessons which naturally evolve your artistry to more rewarding
places.The beauty in this journey fuels ongoing perseverance
as it cycles again and again.
- "I can" means limitations beget more creative
solutions whose gifts then become valuable resources available
in our flow rEvolution.
Principle III: Utilize Self-to-Self
comparisons instead of comparing yourself to others.
- We can always find someone "better" than we
are; we can always find someone "worse" than we
are. "Better" and "Worse" judgments
often imply "Good" and "Bad" evaluations.
"Good" evaluations are temporary ego highs while
"Bad" evaluations are, all too often, devastating,
pervasive and unnecessary ego lows.
- At any point in time, depending on what criteria we choose,
we can judge ourselves as both "bad" and "good."
Since both are possible all the time, the value typically
implied in these judgments equates to meaninglessness.
- This principle reminds us that people learn different
moves, lessons and skills at different rates with greater
and lesser ease. We all have accomplishments and we all
have opportunities for growth. This also means nothing.
- Rejoicing in the knowledge that everyone's journey is
unique unburdens us of expectations that keep us from being
in our practice.
- This principle offers practitioners the opportunity in
each and every moment to remain grounded in our journey
by asking questions...
- "Did I learn anything new today?"
- "Do I know more now than I did last week?"
- Each "yes" confirms our progress and affirms
our practice and can be added to our flow journals as objective
evidence chronicling our flow rEvolution.
"To me, you're more than just an instructor, you are a
mentor. I think about Flowology all the time and it has really, really
helped me deal with stuff, just everything."
~ M. Besasie; June, 2007
"I have to say that any progress and willingness to learn and any commitment
I've made to myself and to Temple of Poi is completely because of the open,
welcoming, friendly environment that you have created that just nurtures my
desire to continue learning and to continue being a part of the Temple Of Poi community. Week after week I really am amazed that you have completely
cracked the code on teaching such a complex art form, in a way that caters to
all sorts of learning styles. So, thank you for being in my life and helping
to create this whole new dimension of who I am."
~ J. Grosser; May, 2005