Being in the Zone
As we think about healthy, productive, fulfilling work, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow comes to mind (it is often referred to as “being in the zone”).
Csikszentmihalyi described the concept of flow as:
“. . . a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to absolute absorption in an activity. Everyone experiences flow from time to time and will recognize its characteristics: people typically feel strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious, and at the peak of their abilities. Both a sense of time and emotional problems seem to disappear, and there is an exhilarating feeling of transcendence.”
Flow is not often thought of as spiritual but there is a potential relationship that is worth exploring, and in any case the concept has a lot to say about human flourishing and growth.
We discuss flow and its causes, benefits, and connection with our faith and spirituality in a new article and on the podcast episode linked below.
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