The concept of flow...
I read an article recently about increasing dopamine levels in the brain safely and productively, it mentioned the usual culprits, meditation, exercise and so forth. One point I have never considered or really knew about was the concept of 'flow'. According to positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, flow happens when someone is completely engaged with something they are doing and everything else almost seems to 'disappear'. For example, cooking, colouring, dancing, singing or even a surgeon in the middle of a complicated surgery.
Being consciously mindful over the last year means I have had the pleasure of experiencing these moments, and actually knowing that I have. Most people probably never acknowledge their state of flow as it happens really quite naturally. Having spent time with a permanent lump in my throat and an icy feeling of doom on my shoulders, when I spend time in 'flow' it really is amazing. I wrote a business document for one of my clients, on my own and with no supervision. It was messy but it had the concept down, I just needed some help editing it. Our copywriter read through it and we talked and edited and shuffled my copy around. I explained what I meant in certain places and he recommended how to fix and expand on where I was going. We cut it up like a jigsaw and put it together again until it made sense. 3 hours passed and I looked at my clock, it was 4.55, almost time to go home. I realised that in the 3 hours of shuffling everything around and pulling things apart, analysing and critiquing my words, I had gone into flow. Nothing else seemed to matter apart from his words, my words and my document. When I emerged from the flow I had shifted, them my dopamine levels were up and I had a sense of accomplishment and calm.
I found flow.
At ease soldiers