Flow States and the Science of Flow

What is flow? How can we use it to help change our lives? What can we do get into flow? While we are all working to figure this out within our own life the geniuses over at the Flow Genome Project are working hard to answer these questions and more through their research and within their Flow Dojo.

If you are seeking to perform your best in sports, business, creativity, or just in life then flow is something that you must learn more about. Flow states and understanding the neurochemicals of high or superhuman performance is the focus of Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal from the Flow Genome project.

Flow Genome Project is a interdisciplinary, global organization committed to mapping the genome of Flow by 2020 and open sourcing it to everyone –FlowGenomeProject.com

What does Flow Feel like?

When you enter a flow state your mind and body senses become heightened. Everything seems to slow down and your normal perceptions of time and reality float away from you. It is within this state that we are able to act quicker and much more accurately that we would normally.

Listen to the case studies below from some of the world’s best athletes, artists, and creators to hear more about their experience with flow states.

What is going on in a Flow State and How can I get there?

Flow states are powerful parts of our lives. Most people have at least one moment in their life when they were in flow. Though many people have different things that help them get into flow such as extreme sports, meditation, art, and creativity, or simply just by bring around other people it is important to understand what is going on inside of our brains and how to keep this state flowing.

“It’s never been easier to get high, and it’s just as hard as it’s always been to stay that way.” Jamie Wheal

In this TEDx Talk below “Jamie Wheal, Executive Director the Flow Genome Project, details how rapid advancements in technology, psychology and pharmacology have led to an unprecedented uptick in our access to peak states, and how we might be able to use those moments of clarity and inspiration to learn, do and be much more than we thought possible.” –Youtube

We here at in flow will keep posting about all the major breakthroughs, examples, and techniques that will help you get into a flow state. We feel that one of the most powerful ways to get into the flow state is to get in touch with your body, balance your mind and then use mindfulness techniques to maintained a heightened state of awareness in your daily life.

What do you do to get into flow? How do you stay in flow? Let us know your thoughts, ideas, and findings in the comments below.

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Kirsten is a writer who loves to practice vipassana meditation, yoga, travel, and learning about nature, consciousness, and how to make the world a better place. Her current interests involve studying and practicing flow, staying In Flow, and recognizing the natural flow of the universe. Kirsten loves to learn about the holistic healing arts. She is also interested in ancient cultures and practices such as Druidism. Kirsten is honored to be apart of such an incredible movement of love and heart centered living in this world.

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