I think a lot of things happening recently have been leading up to this blog post. I wouldn't be worried, it's nothing depressing nor too annoyingly prophetic just something that's been coming up a lot lately. 

And that topic is being in a "flow state" because I have no real idea of how to name it I'll give you wikipedia's definition: 

"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."

Whenever you're totally engrossed in any activity you're involved in flow. I heard about the idea years ago but never really thought I'd ever experienced it because I thought it was something that came from real death-defying activities like skydiving or something like meditation but I realised it can really come from anywhere. 

I got the book a few days ago because I'm currently on a reading binge so yeah I'm trying to fuel it as much as I can. I realise most people haven't heard of the concept of flow let alone the thing I refer to as "the book" but it's Flow by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and it's just the original text on the idea. 

I've also spent the past few days at a training course for my new part time job selling phones and that help me solidify these ideas. 

One thing I realised was that solid conversation was a way to experience flow. I'll preface this by saying that when you experience flow you become stupid happy afterwards but I'll talk about that more later. There was a guy there called Franco who was the quintessential social maven. Having been in sales for years and just being an all round baller he's managed to become everything I've ever learnt about socialising and enjoying yourself. One thing about flow is that you lose all your sense of self-consciousness but also selfishness. It's quite hard to explain and put into words but you know when you're just chatting and everyone's contributing and laughing and no one's really worried about what they say and doesn't feel self conscious and just freely give - that's an example of a flow state. 

Part of our final exam is selling a (mock) customer a phone. Now after 3 days of just being taught 8-6 and stuck in a hotel with a bunch of kids I was on about half my normal sleep and honestly I was deader than dead. During practise I just blanked out for 10 or so minutes and remained zombified for another hour or so. When the final exam started I just sprung to life, my brain brought forward all the information I needed, everything just seemed clearer and I was euphoric for a couple of hours until I got the train back and passed out into a coma. 

After you've experienced a flow state I'd say you're happier than you've ever been. I think everytime I go to a camp I'm experiencing flow, that's why I hate leaving so much. Good conversation stimulates flow and just doing something you love pips you towards your goal of happiness.

How to achieve this bliss? Well it's not just a case of searching for it. You have to lose the selfish need to be happy but rather allow it to happen once you've lost your sense of self. You need a challenge but nothing too hard where you become frustrated. I'm still pretty damn tired so I'll finish here but read "the book" because Mihaly asodioaioibobia is wise beyond belief.

Published by Kevin Li