3 thoughts on “How to Experience “Flow”

  • April 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    “Have you ever been fully engaged doing something that challenged your abilities, in a state of total ecstasy where nothing else mattered except you and the task at hand, so much in fact that you became completely unaware of your surroundings, losing your conscious self to that precious moment?”

    My ex-boss would call it being myopic! He has a lot to learn….

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  • April 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I’ve always heard “go with the flow” but that type of FLOW has nothing to do with this.
    I’ve had moments where I’m really immersed in something that I lose sense of time and everything that surrounds me. I don’t know if I’ve had one of these Flow moments, but to think we can accomplish flow with things that we like or love, must be a great experience. Loved your article. Thanks,
    Patsy

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  • August 16, 2018 at 10:27 am

    What Flow Really is: A new explanation from Affective Neuroscience

    Individuals who engage in tasks that have a consistent and high degree of positive prediction error or ‘meaning’ (e.g. sporting events, creative activity) commonly report a feeling of high alertness and arousal (but not pleasure) that may be construed to be due to the activation of mid-brain dopamine systems. However, a significant subset of these individuals also report a feeling of pleasure or bliss, but these reports are characteristic only in non-stressed situations when the musculature is relaxed. Since relaxation engages opioid systems in the brain, and because opioid and dopamine systems stimulate each other, blissful states require the simultaneous engagement of resting protocols and meaningful cognitive states, behaviors that in the authors opinion are very easily achieved. In this way, both dopamine and opioid release can be increased in the brain.

    More detailed explanation (pp.81-85) of this position in the following open source book on the neuro-psychology of resting states.

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/284056765/The-Book-of-Rest-The-Odd-Psychology-of-Doing-Nothing

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