What is Happiness – Wonderful Video, Renown Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi speaks on The Flow State

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Renown psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi speaks on what is happiness and the 7 Signs of The “Flow State.”

7 Key Signs of “Flow”

Czikszentmihalyi has done years of research on what leads to this sort of state and how it feels. Here are seven key characteristics of “flow” that he enumerates in the video:

  1. Completely involved in what we are doing – focused, concentrated
  2. A sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality
  3. A great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done, and how well we are doing it
  4. Knowing that the activity is doable – that our skills are adequate to the task
  5. A sense of serenity – no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of ego
  6. Timelessness – thoroughly focused on the present. Hours seem to pass by in minutes
  7. Intrinsic motivation –whatever produces flow becomes its own reward.

If you would like to know more about how to live in The Flow from a metaphysical view point you may enjoy this post here

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What is Happiness – Wonderful Video, Renown Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi speaks on The Flow State

Kalyn at St Thomas

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One of the most important aspects of living in The Golden Flow™ is to live in the now moment. Here’s how.

By now you have probably heard and read much about living in the now moment. Perhaps you have had glimpses of its benefits. You want to live in the now, but often this state of living in the now seems elusive and difficult to maintain. So how do you live in the now? Here I want to give you the first simple, yet powerful technique.

Living in the now moment is an essential ingredient for living in the Flow. Living in the Flow has many benefits. When in the Flow State, you worry less and therefore have less stress. Living stress free has numerous physical benefits such as increased immune function and lower blood pressure, which can lead to reduced heart disease. When living in the Flow, people also enjoy numerous psychological benefits such as feeling more secure, and happy. People in the Flow have an exuberance about life that is contagious. When you are in the Flow you have a greater capacity to cope and to deal with whatever life brings you. Living in the Flow is often accompanied by a wonderful state of well being.

There is a simple technique for living in the now moment that is conducive to the Flow State. This technique helps eliminate two of the biggest causes of being out of The Flow – ruminating about the past, and worrying about the future.

Negative or painful emotions such as being sad, angry, or depressed knock you out of the Flow State. These emotions such as chronic anger, for example, are often brought on by continually regurgitating something that happened to you in the past. This isn’t to say you should never get angry. There is a place for anger. However, authentic anger, like most authentic feelings pass through you. You get angry in the moment, and then it passes. However, when you begin to recall other times you were angry, or people who made you anger, then the anger builds and you become consumed by it. When in the now moment, you are no longer focused on the past and emotional charges no longer have a hold over you.

Worrying about the future, or having fear about what will happen or won’t happen also puts you out of the Flow. Chronic anxiety is caused by the constant worrying about what will happen to you. For many, such future tripping is the norm. They are constantly playing out what if scenarios in their head, ‘what if he rejects me,’ what if she says no,’ ‘what if I don’t have enough money,’ and so on. Here too, when you return to the now moment by focusing on the now moment instead of projecting into the future, you eliminate the worry, fear and anxiety that comes from being over preoccupied with the future.

It is easy to see how constantly churning past memories or habitually projecting what you think might happen or might not happen in the future, puts you out of the Flow, leading to a pretty miserable life. Instead of focusing on the past or future, if you focus on the now moment it easy to see how you can free yourself from negative emotions and worry. So how do you remain focused on the now moment?

There are several good techniques for this. However, they all basically come down awareness and your minds ability to focus on only one thing at once. Have you ever tried to listen to someone in the room talking to you while at the same time carry on a conversation on the phone? It is very difficult. The mind has difficulty splitting its attention on more than one thing at the same time, especially for extended periods of time. This is actually a good thing when it comes to living in the now.

Living in the now is no longer a new age spiritual or metaphysical concept. Recently, psychology has looked at the benefits of the Flow State and living in the now. They have come up with effective techniques to do so. One such technique is called ‘savoring’. When you savor a delicious bite of your favorite food, done to perfection, where is your focus? Are you ruminating about something someone did to you in the past? Are you worrying about what is going to happen at tomorrow’s dentist appointment? No, your awareness is focused on that wonderful lump of food in your mouth. You are focused right here, right now, in that beautiful now moment. You have just entered the State of Flow where life is good and you are full of well being.

As you go about your day, savor. Welcome whatever is in your now moment with unhurried appreciation. Savor the fresh air, the beautiful clouds, the life force coursing through your body…there is always something you can find to savor in any given moment.

Welcome to the magnificent now moment, an essential key to living in the Flow. Watch for the next technique for living in the now coming soon.

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  1. thousands of centuries ago lord Buddha said ” DO NOT DWELL IN THE PAST. DO NOT DREAM OF FUTURE. CONCENTRATE YOUR MIND IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.”

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What is Happiness – Wonderful Video, Renown Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi speaks on The Flow State

Kalyn at St Thomas

Kalyn at St Thomas

Most people would say they embrace positive transformation. They say they would like to grow and improve themselves and their life. But, ask them to change, or tell them there will be big changes coming in the world, or their life, and their enthusiasm sometimes turns to something akin to resistance or fear.

An integral part of growth and transformation is change. Unless we embrace change we will not grow and transform. This is simple to understand, but it is sometimes difficult to accept in real life. Change brings up fear, fear of the unknown, fear of loss, and fear of the familiar. In their quest for transformation, people often forget that transformation means change.

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” Alan Cohen
We are living in a world where great changes are taking place on a massive scale. The world economies continue to see large scale changes such as the collapse of old institutions and corporations. Earth changes too are frequently in the news.

The world of information technology has literally exploded year by year. Recently two economists at UC Berkeley calculated our total global information production for one year. Varian and Lyman estimate that the total production of new information in 2000 reached 1.5 exabytes. They explain that is about 37,000 times as much information as is in the entire holdings Library of Congress. For one year! Three years later the annual total yielded 3.5 exabytes. That yields a 66% rate of growth in information per year.

In a world of change, change whose pace is accelerating at lightning speed, how do we cope with change? How do we use change as an ally instead of something we fear? The answer to this lies in what is sometimes called living in the state of Flow. The Flow State is a place where you exist completely in the now, embracing each moment life brings you. When you live in the Flow, you ride the wave of change instead of resisting it.
As you grow and evolve the way you see the world also grows and evolves. How you see the world changes. What is true for you today may not be true tomorrow. If you refuse to let go of the way you see the world you cannot grow and evolve. You become stuck.

Toltecs often talk about the assemblage point. The assemblage point is a place in the human energetic field where you “assemble” infinite rays of creation into perception. If you have a rigid assembly point your perception is limited. Toltecs strive to achieve a fluid assemblage point in order to expand their perception. When you have a fluid assemblage point, you flow with life allowing change to bring you new experiences and perceptions.

As you embrace change and live in the Flow State, your life seems to speed up. However, you are not overwhelmed. In fact, when you flow with change your capacity to take on more experiences, more life increases. You may experience in one month what you used to take one year to experience. You experience in one day what used to take a month to experience. Time is compressed. However, you are more relaxed and at ease. This is the State of Flow, a wonderful state to live in. When living in the Flow you experience in one lifetime more than what the average person would take many lifetimes to experience. The self that you are expands and grows. You become more of Who you are.

Change is here whether you feel comfortable with it or not. And, its pace is increasing by leaps and bounds. When you learn to live in the Flow State, you will find that what used to be a stressful experience, is now an experience that helps you grow and evolve into Who you are at your highest potential. Embrace change and it will become your best friend.

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  1. Love this article, actually prefer it to the videos which are sometimes jumpy and difficult to watch. Plus I can print this and reread. Great stuff, keep it coming !

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