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Zen, surfing and the Path to Flow

Zen, surfing and the Path to Flow

Flow research struck a chord in me because I had experienced many episodes of heightened awareness and focus when I was surfing and snowboarding.  I didn't know I was in flow at the time but many of these instances stick in my memory as peak moments in my life. On certain occasions, when my focus was sharp and the challenge was high, my levels of involvement in my activity would go to another realm, my immersion in the act would go from physical to mental to something else..  

Meditation- How 10 minutes a day of this will boost your flow

Meditation- How 10 minutes a day of this will boost your flow

Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.” Simple. 

Mindfulness involves practicing to solve the problem of thinking when we don't know we are thinking. The problem is not thoughts. It's being unaware and without control of our thoughts. The most common practice is to pay attention to our breathing,  noticing when our thoughts stray from this, and bringing our attention back to the breath.