Experiencing flow snowboarding, trail running, surfing and even writing, I have become a little bit of a flow junkie myself: studying flow’s father, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, reading books on flow: The Rise of Superman, and watching nearly every TED imaginable on the subject.
“Csikszentmihalyi says creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. A leading researcher in positive psychology, he has devoted his life to studying what makes people truly happy: “When we are involved in [creativity], we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.” He is the architect of the notion of “flow”— the creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake.” -TED.com
I have found that the evidence of flow in my life is directly proportionate to my overall happiness, and it seems science agrees. I keep trying to find more and more ways to sneak flow into my day, and it reminds me of Joseph Campbell’s sage advice: “Follow your bliss.”
I love Jason Silva’s “Shots of Awe” and this one is definitely playing my tune.
I leave you with this: Go on a flow, find and seek. When you find it, find time for it. And get ready to be hungry for it.
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!