Finding the ‘Flow’ before surrendering to the ‘Fear’

Oohh this title sounds so ‘self-help’!

I like to empty my mind and set to a task that re-connect my hands with my brain in the quest for the flow.

According to Wikipedia, the Flow is this;

“In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields (and has an especially big recognition in occupational therapy), though has existed for thousands of years under other guises, notably in some Eastern religions.[1] Achieving flow is often colloquially referred to as being in the zone.
According to Csikszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task, although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions.”

This week I’ve been building polyhedrons out of card while watching repeats of Mrs Marple. It takes a lot of mental preparation to build up to surrendering hours and hours to something like this. The dog is normally well walked and the house spotless and fridge re-ordered before I settle down.

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One Comment to “Finding the ‘Flow’ before surrendering to the ‘Fear’”

  1. Susanna (deltabravosierra) says:

    Oh Bridie,
    Let me tell you about the FLOW and the FEAR.
    The FLOW:
    Sometime ago ( last century) I sent you a package from Firenze,
    that got sent back to me, because….. Italy….
    I then took it to Germany with me, because….. they know how to get things done over there,
    but then,
    it was so depressing to be there that I took time to get acquainted with ” Downton Abbey”
    watched every single episode, on a row, specials included.
    by the time I stopped shaking and got my vision back, I was back in Firenze….
    appointment was made with international delivery company, …. but they couldnt find the place I live,because…. Italy
    in between,
    I had to do some things, like ,swerve away from mad vespa drivers, paint walls, check the plumbing, kill a snake, walk about 15km a day after parking car “close to the city”….. wait for the 4 hour lunch break of carpenter/gardner/ gas station ….etc…
    and then,
    I just stopped, started to cook again, lay in the Sun, and
    just go with the Flow…..

    This morning, another international delivery company, was able to not only make an appointment, but also
    find my home and take a package that should be delivered to you at the store on Monday morning,
    alas, I believe it when I see it.
    so now I tell you about the FEAR.
    that said package contain an assortment of things….. some of which,
    a certain someone at the border my take issue with,
    I got over exited and misspelled “Souvenirs ” when inquired about the contents,
    but I thought that ” Local Produce ” would give me in….
    I will be tracing the package from here, and if indeed it gets delivered,
    I ask you kindly to get in touch asap, for I have to give you some directions….
    I will be lighting a candle the moment I am able to find out to which Saint one should pray for international delivery
    My optimism surmounts my Faith and Fear, I think it will be fine.
    Wish you a lovely weekend,

    Susanna

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