In art, as in life, experiencing a state of flow can be very exciting and great motivation in moving toward one’s goals.
[click to view You-Tube video of Csikszentmihalyi on Creativity, Fulfillment, & Flow.]
~In Flow your activity matches your skill level–mismatches equal boredom if too easy or anxiety and frustration if too difficult.
Lost in Time
~We lose an awareness of time…our focus and concentration is on the creative process and task at hand.
Go With the Flow
~It includes patience and an easy, gentle pace…but also the failures, frustrations, impatience, and rebellions! (Make Your Creative Dreams Real, by SARK)
~ In the book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi discusses that creativity and being in flow contributes to an optimal human experience. When our activities are balanced between being a challenge but within our skill level, we enjoy a state of concentration and a sense of well-being. I think of it as a chance to test myself––in a fun way!
* Today in the studio I will be quilting a wall-hanging–When do you experience being in Flow?
If you have the time, I’d love to hear your thinking! (To Leave a Comment–click below…) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
- How To Get Outside Yourself (everydayintensity.com)