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June 23, 2018

FINDING FLOW 

Are you free to move? Sounds like a simple question but from my experience, it’s not easy to answer. Our body and mind are capable of doing amazing things, but modern lifestyles and big city living have taken its toll on us. Add to this – stress, old injuries and we’re left stiff and rigid as a board. 

Movement does wonders for us – both physically and mentally – leaving many professionals to say, “the better we move, the better we are”. When your body is truly free to move, it is able to experience a state known as ‘Flow’.

The experience of flow can be experienced in many different activities. If you’ve ever heard someone describe a time when their performance excelled as being “in the zone” what they’re describing is an experience of flow. It occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.

I can help you to find your “flow”! On July 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. please join me for a one-of-a-kind experience that will benefit you on many levels. All proceeds from this workshop will go to the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital). Simply donate what you can. The workshop is open to FightClub students, their friends, and family. 

 

I hope to see you on July 7th.

Emmanuel Manolakakis

Owner & Head Instructor  

FightClub Martial Arts & Fitness Training Centre

 

 

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Characteristics of the Flow State

Here are some facts about the flow state, the conditions that make it occur and what it feels like:

Very focused Attention – The ability to control and focus your attention is critical.  If you get distracted by anything that is outside of the activity you are engaging in, the flow state will dissipate.

Specific, Clear, and Achievable Goal in Mind – Whether you are singing, fixing a bike, or running a marathon, the flow state comes about when you have a specific goal. You then keep that focused attention and only let in information that fits with the goal. 

Constant feedback – In order to stay in the flow state you need a constant stream of information coming in that gives you feedback as to the achievement of the goal.

Control over your actions – Control is an important condition of the flow state. You don’t necessarily have to be in control, or even feel like you are in control, but you do have to feel that you are exercising significant control in a challenging situation.

Time changes – Some people report that time speeds up — that they look up and hours have gone by. Others report that time slows down.

You do not feel Threatened – In order to enter a flow state your sense of self and survival cannot feel threatened. You have to be relaxed enough that you can engage all of your attention on the task at hand. In fact, most people report that they lose their sense of self when they are absorbed with the task.

Become Personal – everyone has different activities that put them in a flow state. What triggers a flow state for you is different from others.

Pleasurable – People like being in the flow state.

 

And if you’d like to read more: Flow: The psychology of optimal experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 1990.

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