Flow?

February 04, 2019

Flow?

Have you ever experienced flow? No, I'm not talking about some woo woo shit I'm talking about the real psychological state of flow. The reality of it has been studied. And, as soon as I read some of the defining characteristics I knew exactly what it was Flow can be described as a combination of some or all of these things while doing specific activities: 

1. Sense of Ecstasy: feeling of being outside everyday reality.

2. Serenity: no worries about oneself; feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.

3. Clarity: Knowing what needs to be done and how to get there.

4. Connected: completely focused and concentrated on what you're doing.

5. Timelessness: Focused on the present. Hours just seem to pass by like minutes.

6. Intrinsic Motivation: The task at hand becomes its own reward

Some of us have probably felt these feelings more than others, but i think we've all felt it. Another way people describe the feeling of flow is, "being in the zone". As soon as I saw these characteristics I immediately thought of the activities that have produced it. It's funny, the list I created have nothing to do with my job. The place where I spend the majority of my time.

Most of my flow producing activities are the things I do for fun and involve friends. In fact, I've rarely experienced flow at my job. So, now the question I'm asking myself is, should this change the way I live my life? Do I really want to spend my days doing things that I'm obviously not passionate about? Or, do I want to pursue a life that I love? Because the moments I've experienced flow are some of the greatest moments I've ever experienced. Filled with so much connection and passion. So, I wonder, Is it possible to organize my life around the things that produce this flow state?

These are questions worth pondering my friends!




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