“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” Lao Tsu
The flow state is beautifully simple, and it certainly does not need to be “hacked”. And it sure as hell is not just for extreme sports types.
In this Flow Nugget I offer various ways to look at flow, explain why it is so integral to realising our full potential, and how we can all experience more flow in our daily lives.
The flow state means many things to many people. Psychologists, neuroscientists, athletes, artists all have different ways of looking at flow.. and that is just in the western world. The east has its own ways of looking at flow. It is pretty fascinating to look how different regions of the world, and different ways of looking at personal experience is manifested into science, philosophy, rituals, practices, frameworks and technology.
The basic theme is that in the west, we are dominated by the scientific thought process, and flow is about “what can we add to our life to experience something new”. Whereas, generally speaking, in the eastern traditions, represented by the Vedic, Buddhist and Taoist traditions, flow/ non-doing/ harmony with nature, is all about removing whatever it is that blocks us from flowing.
This may be removal of attachment, removal of mental clutter, physical clutter etc.- the removal of barriers to what is always flowing, life-force, chi, prana.
This is all really fascinating stuff, but my view is that the most valuable thing we can do is to talk less and experience more. Learn about your own flow state. Listen in to find out a whole bunch of ways to do this.
What will you learn in this Flowstate Nugget?
- The difference between Eastern and Western perceptions of flow- the scientific definitions versus the Daoist or Zen interpretations
- How to recognise being in
- flow: the sensations and feelings that I have
- Why flow is so important- how can experiencing more of it impact your life?
- The 4 areas in our life we can refine or change, to experience more flow every day
- Mushin– the Japanese term that is similar to flow
- Wu wei– The Taosit/ Daoist concept of “action with no action”, effortless doing
- Books by Mihaly Csiksentmihalyi on Flow