Flow is that state in which a person performing an activity is completely immersed in it, such that the sense of separation between the work and the worker becomes almost non-existent, and the experience is that of bliss with complete contentment.
Flow is mindfulness in its fullest expression.
This post reveals how the practice of mindfulness could lead to attaining flow.
Action and Existence
The entire Existence around us is an active expression of the Divinity. At the level of physical realm, the forces of nature are materializing the universe in ever new shapes and forms.
Action is integrated into Existence. Through us, it becomes an expression of the forces of life within us. We live because we act.
There had been times in such expression of life when we were so engrossed in the action, that we were unaware of the passage of time, hunger, physical discomforts and anything lying outside the boundaries of what we were doing. Artists, sportsperson, anyone who employs a skill into their work often experience such states of engrossed bliss. This is the state of Flow.
It is regarded in positive psychology as the highest state the mind can achieve. The coveted state of experiential bliss.
Mindfulness Leads to Flow
To understand how mindfulness may lead to flow, we have to briefly go back to the post on understanding our three minds and their relationship with mindfulness.
The three minds are the ones which sense, which act and which think. Only the minds involved in sensing and acting remain rooted in the present, by virtue of being connected to physical organs, which invariably operate only in the present. Hence, these are the ones associated with mindfulness.
The thinking mind, however, takes us away from present. The purpose of mindfulness, in a way, is to reduce the operating zone of the thinking mind by enhancing those of the other two.
Flow is the pinnacle of such a mindful state, where the thinking mind becomes totally non-existent. Everything happens then and there, in the moment, without requiring the tiniest of thought on the what and how of the doing. The senses sense and the organs of action act. The mind is congealed to them.
Therefore, with continued practice of mindfulness, one could achieve Flow. We simply need to be completely attentive to the work we are doing, to the point that we don’t have to think about it any more. Our senses become completely immersed in the work, observing it as it is being done. Such becomes the overlap of the sensing mind and the acting mind that there appears no distinction between them any more. Everything becomes one, and there is no space left out for anything else.
Within such a space, no distractions and worries enter, not even physical discomforts and demands. What remains, is simply the present, and what you experience is the state of Bliss, the fabric upon which Existence unfolds Itself.
– SACRED UNION –
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