You know the feeling of flow.
It happens in those moments when you’re fully absorbed in what you’re doing.
Your mind is engaged, although your ordinary thoughts are strangely gone.
In the midst of the most difficult tasks, there’s no need to push, strain or effort — action simply happens.
And through it all you feel relaxed, content, and nourished.
This feeling of flow is nirvana — a heaven on earth you might spend a great deal of time and money trying to reach.
Yet in everyday life, flow is an uncertain state that often begins randomly and ends unpredictably.
In the middle of feeling flow, someone might say something that sends you into an emotional reaction. Or a stray thought may enter your mind, criticizing you for what you’re doing. Maybe an alarm buzzes, and it’s time to leave and do something else.
As much as you might cherish your experience of flow, it is a difficult experience to create and sustain.
The good news is that anthropologists, neuroscientists, geneticists, psychologists, and other experts are discovering more about what it takes to support the conditions for flow to happen, and practical ways to sustain it.
As you learn more in upcoming articles, you might find yourself feeling flow more often, and for longer periods.
And, eventually, perhaps you and those around you can live your lives in sustained periods of flow.
Wouldn’t that be a feeling worth having?