“Flow” as defined by Csikszentmihaly, one of the world’s living experts on the condition, is a state of joy, creativity and complete concentration and involvement.
It’s what athletes call being “in the zone” and it’s available to us all through the
processes of intention and attention.
The following words from a poet and rock climber are the ones that Csikszentmihaly chose as representative of all the thousands of inteviews collected by him, his research team and others in the field:
“The mystique of rock climbing is climbing; you get to the top of a rock glad it’s over but really wishing it would go on forever.
“The justification of climbing is climbing, like the justification of poetry is writing; you don’t conquer anything except things in yourself…
“The act of writing justifies poetry. Climbing is the same: recognising that you are a flow. The purpose of the flow is to keep on flowing, not looking for a peak or utopia but staying in the flow.
It is not a moving up but a continuous flowing; you move to keep the flow going. The real reason for climbing is climbing itself; it is a self-communication.”
See Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED talk on Creativity, Fulfillment and Flow below.