Flow As Life Flows

Flowing through life is allowing ourselves to be drawn by what we really love.

Living With Flow

Creating flow in your life is as simple as giving yourself the uninterrupted time to do the things you really love.

To Create Our Flowing Life

See ourselves the way we want to be, and then 'be it' with focus and commitment. That's in essence all that's required to live a life that flows. Flowing is being so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. Flowing is allowing yourself to be absorbed in activities you love where everything else fades away.

Focus on doing what you love

Remove distraction, focus on doing what you love, maintain your focus and most importantly enjoy each moment with gentle awareness.

Allow yourself to become absorbed and challenged

A well-known researcher into Flow is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a co-founder of positive psychology (positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living). Csikszentmihalyi defines flow as those moments when you’re completely absorbed in a challenging but doable task.

Love the things we love doing

When we do the things we love doing, the experience is enjoyable, for the sheer sake of doing it. The 'doing' does not require much effort, and we find ourselves absorbed in the activity. Everything else fades away. Loving what we are doing is key, we become so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter.

Use our full involvement

When we are fully immersed in an activity, we get a feeling of energised focus and deep enjoyment in the process of the activity. This mental state of operation flows out of doing the things you love doing.

Stop trying and staining an simply be

When we drop our trying and straining, and instead focus on the things we love doing, we are allowing events and situations to become easier, and to 'fall into place' for us.

Experience optimal states of performance

Flow occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal. In Csikszentmihalyi's studies people described their 'flow states' as those instances when their work simply flowed out of them without much effort. These were their optimal states of performance.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. — Rumi

The Best Moments

The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times . . . The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990).

Being up to the challenge

Flow occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.

'Flow' states

'Flow states' are those instances when our work simply flows out of us without much effort. These are our optimal states of performance.

Being fully immersed

Flow can be more precisely defined as the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Living a life with flow

Living a life with flow is being absorbed in activities where everything else fades away. A flow state is being so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. The experience is so enjoyable you feel compelled to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it. The mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Being happy is being successful

Being successful means contributing something to the world … and being happy well doing it … and enjoying what you are doing… if either of these ingredients are absent, there’s probably some lack of meaning in your work.

Flow down and down in always widening rings of being. — Rumi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Happiness and Creativity Research

Csikszentmihalyi is the author of many books and considered the world's leading researcher on positive psychology. He has devoted his life to studying what makes people truly happy. Csikszentmihalyi is noted for his work in the study of happiness and creativity, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic.

Happiness is an internal state of being

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is an American-Hungarian psychologist who defines flow as a mental state in terms of challenge level and skill level. Csikszentmihalyi sought to find out what happiness really was. His conclusion was happiness is an internal state of being, not an external one.

Where people were happiest

He found that people were happiest when they were their most creative, productive, and in a state of flow. This flow occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.

Flow without much effort

In Csikszentmihalyi's studies people described their 'flow states' as those instances when their work simply flowed out of them without much effort. These were their optimal states of performance.

Repression is not the way

"Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished" — Csikszentmihalyi

He asked 'what makes a life worth living?

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow." He found that people were happiest when they were their most creative, productive, and in a state of flow.

Creativity Is Central To Happiness

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. When we are involved in creativity, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.

Creative, Productive, Happy

He found that people were happiest when they were their most creative, productive, and in a state of flow. This flow occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.

Csikszentmihalyi's Flow Model

Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force. — Lao Tzu

Ask What Do You Love Doing?

Imagine a 'you' that loves what they do. One who is completely present and fully immersed in what they truly love doing. Now be the person. Yes it is that simple.

Take a break

If you are living in a fog of emotions an dindecision, take a break from work, cell phones, computers, TVs and email.

What are you drawn to?

Now ask yourself what is it you really want to do? What are you drawn to? What that gives pleasure? What are excited about? What would you see through? What's close to your heart?

Now be it immediatley

Now you've imagined a more exciting self, you can give yourself permission to be it now. Ask how could you be that person now? Imagine the possibilities. Then let go and ease into steady easy action. Take action today and leave tomorrow to take care of itself. The more you can be the way you want to be today, the quicker your tomorrow shows up and is exactly what you imagined.

The way you use your self will be the self you wind up with.

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