What is Flow?

The concept of ‘flow' was developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi . But the experience of ‘flow’ is nothing new. It’s existed since man first breathed. And we’ve all experienced it- that perfect moment of lostness and simple, pure existence. When the rest of the world ceases to exist. When our bodies and minds meld together. Just ‘being’.

Of course in theoretical terms, it’s a whole lot more complex than that, but as a basic description this will more than suffice for our purposes today.


Now, for many systems thinkers including Maslow in the hierarchy of needs, and Martin Seligman in positive psychology (and a good few more), the achievement of flow is central to human growth, self actualisation, and thus part of the route to perfect true happiness.

But is it really as simple as that, can finding flow change our lives?

It’s an elusive perfection. One I yearn for. I’ve found it at times in the pool, an hour lost to an unknown number of lengths. I’ve felt it in my footsteps across the moor. In writing, fingers just typing away. In moments of pure instantaneous connectivity of my thoughts to my body. And the more I experience it the more I want it.

My question is:

Does it really make a difference to our humanity? How can we find it?

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