Unlike our Aussie beer salute – “Get it in ya!” - Flow is more like – Get you into what you’re doing.              


Csikszentmihalyi on Flow -"It's like playing jazz."


Billy French age 6 "My fingers can smell the way." (piano) and Age 14 "Muscle memory"


"Colloquial terms for flow or similar mental states include: to be on the ball,  in the zone, or in the groove."  -  Components of flow at Wikpedia


 Procrastination       PHd - Piled Higher and Deeper Comics -  Satire       Mindfulness




Maiia: For me flow is preparation, focus, and faith (that it will happen)  bonus - flow skills honed can be applied in all other activities.

Deliberately distracting the ego can free us up to flow.  I almost always use music to get a start.   Listening shuts up self-talk.  The Empty Can. 

 "Theres a Ribbon in the Sky." Stevie Wonder.  A long as the flow focus is maintained, I can paint and happily maintain inane conversation, even prepare a meal.  Getting into a state of flow itself though, usually requires focusGetting out of flow can be an experience too.  LOL! 


Flow Psychology - Csikszentmihalyi




"The real win comes when people are so absorbed in the flow that their perceived ability surpassses their actual ability.  They begin to tackle problems that they would have never even thought of approaching before.  When successful, both their actual and perceived ability are raised, and instead of having to battle with artificially limiting handicap of procrastination, they are free to explore their full potential."Kevin Chiu.org

James Lillis  Australian speaker on Flow psychology "extreme productivity


Wiki...  "Csíkszentmihályi identifies the following as accompanying an experience of flow: Clear goals (expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one's skill set and abilities).

Concentrating and focusing, a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it).

A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness.

Distorted sense of time, one's subjective experience of time is altered.

Direct and immediate feedback (successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so that behavior can be adjusted as needed).

Balance between ability level and challenge (the activity is neither too easy nor too difficult).

 A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.

The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action. People become absorbed in their activity, and focus of awareness is narrowed down to the activity itself, action awareness merging[.

Not all are needed for flow to be experienced."




"To what extent is the deep enjoyment of flow experienced in primary classroom learning and under what teaching and learning conditions might the deep enjoyment of flow be facilitated." - Joan Mary Harley - theisis




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