WHAT IS FLOW?
We are mesmerized by flow, both within us and outside of us.
Flow is a “mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment. Flow, creativity, and happiness are related.”*
Flow heightens creativity in the moment and future moments. Being in the flow can train us to be more open, more innovative, more curious. During Flow, concentration is so intense it can change our brains, producing natural pleasure-inducing and performance-enhancing chemicals.
A flow state is very similar to a state called eustress, or a positive response to stress.
This inherent fascination with flow and the movement of water is part of the current fluid acrylic art rage in popular art (using acrylic paint mixed with a special medium poured or dripped onto a surface), capturing and commemorating moments of flow in a visually tangible way.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO ENCOURAGE FLOW?
Photo credit: Barbara Bryn Klare