“Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you're about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you're wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, 'I haven't touched you yet.”
When we flow, we experience life flowing through us, unhindered by the ego and the thinking mind. And the more we experience these moments of flow, the more familiar they are and the more we learn how to be in that state.This article explores how the science of flow and the Taoist philosophy of wu wei (effortless action) can be channeled into direct experience, to create a life of greater productivity, efficiency and performance.
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.
Zanshin is a term used frequently in the Japanese martial and creative arts. . Zanshin is where the mind is fully vigilant, mindful of surroundings, completely present during every moment in the here and now. There is no mind left over to think, as there is total awareness on the action of the moment. I learned all about it when stuck in neck deep snow in Japan...
When I look back I realise that Steve was in a state of flow. At that moment in time his skills and life experience met the challenge of the situation with exquisite grace.
Steve’s ability to slip into a state of high performance made a lasting impression on me. How was he able to be so calm? How could he make such rational and wise decisions in the heat of such a scary moment? How was it that this moment of extreme pressure triggered a response of relaxed focus?
“When we visualize goals as complete, it creates a conflict in our subconscious mind between what we are visualizing and what we currently have. Our minds are hard-wired to resolve such conflicts by working to create a current reality that matches the one we have envisioned.”
Learn how to use your brains capacity to transform subconscious images into conscious reality.
ReWilding describes the philosophy of reconnecting with our innate nature, with powers, traits, skills that we have lost over time. By going back to the wild, in subtle or dramatic ways, we reclaim our full potential as Human Beings and rediscover solutions and perspectives that hold the key for our future.
"Based on 40 years of consciousness research in areas such as meditation, kundalini awakening, feeling release therapy, the drinking of ayahuasca and brain wave training, Erik Hoffmann has developed a model of future brain evolution and global consciousness transformation. He maintains that the global crisis facing us is basically a crisis of human consciousness. It is the human ego with its destructive thoughts and insatiable greed that stands in the way of a new and better world. "
Flow is an optimal state of consciousness, in which we perform our best and have the most fun. Here are 4 simple tips that can be added to every aspect of our life which will help us stay in flow and achieve our highest performance. You can add these 4 ingredients to any task, from the mundane to the mind-blowing. There is an art and science to creating a life of flow, where you achieve goals with style and consistently push into new realms of possibility. Read on for 4 simple steps to the flow life...
As a surfer you take the rough with the smooth. It’s not all glassy waves, barrels and hi-5’s. Pushing outside the comfort zone means paying the price. A wave can offer you bliss and euphoria... or beat you up, hold you down and can cause anything from mild fright to full-blown panic. It is probably fair to say that 99% of these hairy moments are caused by the thought of not having enough breath, the fear of our physical limitations.
The wave of the day, a perfect, crisp feathering lefthander pops up from nowhere. You are magically in prime position. Everyone else scrambles to avoid getting cleaned up, while you serenely glide to glory. Why did you start paddling? A secret message fom the wave gods? Did your eyes actually see a bulge in the distance? Or did you just have a hunch?
The Alpha-Theta border area of around 8 Hz is recognised as being the signature wave state for flow states. This is unsurprising given that one of the standout hallmarks of flow is the absence of conscious thought. Many people have defined their "flow state" experience as a zone where things happen automatically, so it stands to reason that it occurs at the Alpha-Theta brain wave, the border between the conscious and the subconscious.
Harvard professor Dan Gilbert has found that aimless thoughts occupy our minds 46.9% of the time. Mindfulness is simply about taking the reins of your mind so that percentage increases. This post explores how we can use mindfulness meditation to train our minds to be more productive. efficient and powerful. Read on for this mindfulness flow hack!
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..
We all know what flow is. The flow of a water along a riverbed, the flow of an artist immersed in a painting, the flow of a jazz band creating on the fly. We all know what it feels like to flow, and what it feels like when life just is not flowing. One is a smooth, harmonious, effortless state of ease, the other is stagnant, blocked and... un-flowy.