Surfing is one of our favourite gateways to flow. The complexity of riding the raw energy of an ever-changing wave focuses the mind like few other activities do. When we achieve flow we feel what is possible by unleashing our full human potential. Training the mind through meditation and other mind-body practices can help bring this flow out of the ocean and into every day life.
In flow, all aspects of performance are remarkably heightened, and this includes creative performance. Taking on a creative project is a great way to experiment with flow as you can set the conditions in a very controlled way. Plus its fun, and you may end up with something pretty!
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..
Much like minimalist architecture or sculpture, simplifying our lives can become an art form. Ask yourself, what can stripped away to add more beauty and efficiency to my life? By taking action like this you profoundly increase your capacity for achieving the sort of simplicity in which harmony and joy flow. Read on for more tips on creating flow!
Each and every one of us has experienced flow in our lives. You may not recognise it as flow, or you may already be a flow connoisseur. Flow, also known as "the zone" or a Peak experience, is a state of heightened immersion in an activity which leads to vastly improved performance and enjoyment. In flow the activity you are engaged in captures your attention so much that the rest of the world seems to disappear. Time flies by, or slows down, you lose your sense of self and you do things better. Read on for more about flow and Flowstate Adventure.