Ecstasy – Finding Flow

Ecstasy is a state of extreme and rapturous emotional excitement. The study of “positive psychology” concentrates on finding ways to achieve a good and happy life rather than merely alleviating the misery of depression and anxiety. Central to this concept is the achievement of “flow.” When we engage in an activity that we enjoy and gives us a challenge that is matched to a person’s skill and ability; when we become absorbed in that activity; when we become totally focused; we feel a sense of seretity. A sense of clarity. We enter a state where we are not conscious of ourselves or the world around us. We reach a state of “flow.” Flow is similar to a state of ecstasy.

The Right Balance

Only a reasonable balance of ability and difficulty can lead to flow. If your skills are not up to the challenge, a feeling of anxiety can lead to frustration, boredom or apathy.

Achieving a state of flow is not as difficult as it sounds. It begins with a narrowing of attention onto a clearly defined goal. We feel involved, concentrated, absorbed, in control. We already know what must be done and we get immediate feedback as to how we are doing. The musician knows instantly when the notes he played are exactly as they should be played. A baseball player awaiting to swing his bat sees the ball much larger and almost in slow motion before he swings and hits a home run.

Do What You Enjoy

The concept of flow is fully explained in Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi’s 1990 book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”. He saw flow as a vital element in any activity and thought. It is especially important in making work, as well as life, more rewarding and meaningful. In other words, do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do.

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