What’s the flow state?
Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi coined the term “flow state” in 1975. You know the flow state. It’s when you’re “in the zone” and lose a sense of time passing, or even an awareness of your body and bodily needs. Your thoughts and actions become aligned. Having a full focus on immersive activity leads directly to a sense of wellness.
Let’s look a bit closer at the intersections between flow state, wellness, and creativity.
Wellness tip: focus your mind in an age of distraction.
We live in the age of perpetual distraction. Smartphones and other screened devices constantly steal our attention with email updates, dings, pings, and tweets.
When was the last time you sat down and read a book, uninterrupted? Have you recently worked on a project with full concentration? Maybe you owe it to yourself to do something you love, wholeheartedly.
The fact is that we’re surrounded by distractions. It can be really good for your brain to devote time to focus on something you love to do.
Let your mind fully engage in your creative process and reap the cognitive rewards of sustained concentration!
Live in the present and do something tactile.
Gurus and sages throughout history have agreed: the only satisfaction you can get out of life is to be present and tuned into your senses.
Working on a hands-on project or learning a new skill helps to bring your wandering thoughts to right now. By training your mind to do this, you can also be fully present for other important moments of your life.
Wellness tip: find your purpose, like the Japanese.
In Japan, they have a concept called “Ikigai” (pronounced “icky guy”). Ikigai is the ideal place in life where what you love, what you can be paid for, what you’re good at, and what the world needs… are aligned.
Ikigai is, in other words, your purpose.
You achieve a flow state when something holds your interest and engages you. If something is really really important to you and you think that others can benefit from it, consider doing what you love as your vocation. You may have found your new job!
Want to do something you love, and do it with your hands? If you think the world needs your thing — do it, and share it with others! Abacus is a great place to share your passion with the world, and learn new skills that lead to a more wellness-centered life.