Thursday, June 14, 2012

in the zone

Excerpt from the book The Element by Sir Ken Robinson

To be in the zone is to be in the deep heart of the Element. Doing what we love can involve all sorts of activities that are essential to the Element but are not the essense of it - things like studying, organizing, arranging, limbering up, etc. And even when we're doing the thing we love, there can be frustrations, disappointments, and times when it simply doesn't work or come together. But when it does, it transforms our experience of the Element. We become focused in intent. We live in the moment. We become lost in the experience and perform at our peak. Our breathing changes, our minds merge with our bodies, and we feel ourselves drawn effortlessly into the heart of the Element.

Well, this is what Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it as Flow. Here Sir Ken Robinson calls it as Zone. Being in the flow is  always a joyful experience. One forgets everything else other than what he or she is committed on doing. Be it a Painter, a Climber or a Surgeon; when they are in flow, they are at their best. 


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