April 09, 2005
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defines flow, more or less, as what we experience when we are engaged in a task that is within our capabilities, but which stretches us just a little bit. It's the kind of experience I have when I'm skiing down a slope that is just a little bit difficult, but not so hard that I get frustrated. When you are in the flow state, you are lost in a kind of timeless feeling, totally engaged in your activity.
Lately I have been experiencing flow with:
1. video editing
2. flip book making
3. arranging my tonail clippings into mosaics
4. letting loogies drool out of my mouth and sucking them back into my mouth before gravity
snaps them loose to splatter on the ground.
5. training roaches to protect my aparment from rats
What activities give you a flow experience?
Posted by Jonny at April 9, 2005 03:09 PM
I read about Flow a few years ago from his book, 'The Evolving Self' - it just totally makes sense and it was really invigorating to see mentioned on a blog post. When I unplug for a few hours - it gives my body the chance to experience flow. I can't experience flow if my mind is sucked into electronic media.
I just stumbled across your Blog because I had to see who this Johnny Goldstein character is who is mentioned on all these video blogs.
Posted by: JDaniels at April 17, 2005 09:15 PM