Of course, I’m reading another book! This time it’s “The Sober Diaries” by Clare Pooley aka SoberMummy. In her entry titled, “mindfulness” she also writes about “flow.” It seems that there other ways to get one’s brain to just calm down besides drowning it in alcohol. Who knew? Well, flow is apparently similar to mindfulness (provides relaxation, calm, peace) but with the added bonus of getting stuff done!
So I went to the internet to find out more and found this (by Psychologist Deann Ware, PhD):
When you’re in a “flow state of mind”:
You lose track of time
You’re totally engrossed in what you’re doing
You’re not consciously thinking about yourself–in other words, you’re totally un-self conscious
You’re working toward a goal
A “flow activity”:
Is useful and challenging, which makes it intrinsically rewarding
Helps you progress toward a goal
Provides feedback to help gauge the effectiveness of your efforts
According to Dr. Ware, some possible flow activities include:
Physical activities such as sports, yoga, dance, and martial arts
Outdoor challenges such as hiking
Music–writing, playing, mixing
Art–painting, sculpture, mixed media, pottery
Do-It-Yourself projects, such as home improvement
Working with animals
Cooking and baking
Needlework–sewing, knitting, cross stitch
What you do for work
I definitely experience flow at work when I lesson plan. It’s one of the reasons I love my job. Painting (houses not canvases) is also meditative for me. And writing can be – when I have something to say.
What else? Maybe Yoga once it gets a little easier. Right now it still gives me a little anxiety. Running if it didn’t hurt so damn bad.
What do you do to find your flow?
Today I feel grateful for…
1. my job.
2. my trim-painting project waiting patiently for me to get back to.
3. this blog as a creative outlet.
Happy Sober Monday,