Wednesday, September 7, 2011

flow



It's cool today so I was in no hurry to go outside to do garden work. Instead, I sat at the kitchen table by the window and sewed. I was hoping for an experience of flow, but I simply felt content.

I was reading about flow in the book sheepish by Catherine Friend. She describes it as a sense of being so involved in an activity for the sheer joy of it -- not necessarily for the outcome -- that nothing else seems to matter. Flow was identified and made famous by a Hungarian psychologist, Mihalv Csikszentmihalyi, and the little research I've done on it shows that it's being applied to competitive sports.

But I'm thinking stitching or knitting would be better and more practical pathways to flow. Don't you agree?

12 comments:

deanna7trees said...

sounds like flow is the same thing as 'being in the zone'. easy for me to be in the zone when i'm doing any of my crafty things.

Trish said...

The more flow the better!xxx

Jeannie said...

I read Flow by Csikszentmihalyi, eons ago. Yes, it applies to any activity in which you are in the "zone". I really think he describes that meditative quality you feel when you are totally immersed in your project - gardening, painting, knitting, stitching, etc. I personally love when I am in the this state. It is like floating on a river of bliss. Wishing you lots of days that flow.

Judy Whaites said...

I like your description of experiencing the flow, time slows with the sheer contentment of stitching.

lynda Howells said...

I am in the "zone" every evening a l sew the last hour before sleep...peace and contentment.

Notjustnat said...

How lovely to read about FLOW here too Peggy. We are in the same zone. I just read recently on FB (I know, I'm in there too!) and I want to share it with you: http://zenhabits.net/un/- have a happy flowing day - Love Nat

woman with wings said...

Deanna, yes, being in the zone is a good way to put it, I think. I just really have a hard time keeping my mind (and judgments) out of what I'm doing and that keeps me from entering the zone!

woman with wings said...

Trish, I'm with you on that one!

woman with wings said...

Jeannie, thank you and the same wish for you! -- I hadn't thought about gardening in the flow but yes, there is that sense of losing time, losing all aches & pains, forgetting about problems, etc. That's where I usually go to stop the carnival of the mind...

woman with wings said...

Judy, now that's what I want!-- and I think kantha stitching is key because it doesn't require too many decisions in the process...

woman with wings said...

Lynda, what a perfectly wonderful way to end the day! I love that. Sometimes I take knitting to bed but my light isn't good enough to stitch by. I could remedy the situation though.

woman with wings said...

Nat, love that when we, all of us here, tap into each other's thoughts -- I will definitely check out this link and a happy flowing day to you, too! xo