Defining the Flow State of Mind: Effortless Concentration and Enjoyment

Flowing is the mental state when our best work emerges without struggle; also known as being “in the zone”. It is complete concentration, involvement, and enjoyment where nothing else matters. When flowing, we get to experience our own effortless power.

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the founders of “positive psychology” and the creator of the Flow Model Theory. This model represents the emotional state someone can be while undertaking a task or activity. Click the link on the model for an in-depth explanation of his theory.  Also, check out Csikszentmihalyi’s Ted Talks episode.flow-model-mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-toolshero

Mental state in terms of challenge level and skill level, according to Csikszentmihalyi’s flow model. Credit to https://www.toolshero.com/personal-happiness/flow-model-csikszentmihalyi/

I find my flow while dancing, hula-hooping, writing, creating art, and practicing yoga. How and when do you find your flow? Let me know in the comments below.

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“Yogic Surrender”

You sink into low push-up,
your thoughts begin to thin.
Now your heart shines through,
filled with gratitude.

Limbs linger at their fullest expression.
Love radiates off your lengthy legs,
you are grounded into this pose
let yourself bloom into bliss.

Meditating on the present
and surrendering to the movement,
you maintain the meaning
and every moment is magnificent.

Inhale positivity, exhale negativity
your breath moves you forward.
Surrender to this single second,
close your eyes and just breathe.

-Julianne Meskanick

Happy weekend, everyone! I was feeling inspired by my growing yoga practice and wrote this poem for my daily blog post. I hope this inspires you to find your mat this weekend or make time for meditation.

Namaste!