The Flow State

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Jason Silver writes on October 10, 2014 on ideapod.

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I am very passionate about this idea of flow state. The state of enhanced performance among artists, musicians, writers and elite athletes. The temporary moment where the ego dissolves and you get hyper focused in whatever you’re doing. These are the moments where you are able to achieve excellence and virtuosity that exceeds the normal human thresholds for what’s possible.

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Most of us are still stuck as bliss junkies. We achieve these temporary flow states but then come Monday we are back to where we were. But now with insights into the neurophysiology of the brain, we can actually hack flow. We can experience and design our cities and our social systems with positive feedback loops to make flow an innate, natural emergence. It’s an awesome idea and it’s up to us to make it happen.

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What if we could use those peak experiences to make us whole, to render us holy?…
and in Houston Smith’s immortal words:

Might we begin then to transform our passing illuminations into abiding light.”

Jamie Wheal, Flow Genome Project

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