What is Your ‘Elegant State of Creation’?

We’ve all had the experience of FLOW, or being in ‘the zone’: “When you are truly in an elegant state of creation, you are no body, no time, nothing–you forget about yourself. You become pure consciousness, free from the chains of identity that need the outer reality to remember who it thinks it is.”

My FLOW comes when I’m writing, photographing or swimming to name a just a few.  It’s a delicious feeling during and after; supposedly the more time we spend in FLOW, the better the quality of our life over all. FLOW can be created, and does indeed feel elegant.   Mihalyi Csiksentmihalyi, who has influenced my work hugely,  characterizes FLOW this way, by definition:

1—CLEAR GOALS.  Expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one’s skill sets and abilities.

2—CONCENTRATION AND FOCUSING. A high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention. A person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and delve more deeply into it.

3—LOSS OF FEELING OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESS. The merging of action and awareness.

4—DISTORTED SENSE OF TIME. One’s subjective experience of time is altered.

5—DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK. Successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so behavior can be adjusted as needed.

6—BALANCE BETWEEN ABILITY LEVEL AND CHALLENGE. The activity is neither too difficult or too easy.

7—A SENSE OF PERSONAL CONTROL  Over the situation or activity.

8—THE ACTIVITY IS INTRINSICALLY REWARDING, so there is an effortlessness of action.

9—ONE BECOMES ABSORBED IN THEIR ACTIVITY WITH A NARROWED FOCUS OF AWARENESS.

…….Where do you find your FLOW?

 

 

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