The 'Flow State' is defined as an "optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best"
When we are in flow we are no longer reactive to stimuli but rather are able to respond to our environment and the challenges before us. This state of consciousness has been found to have a tremendous effect on Creativity.
When we are in Flow, the world is no longer seen as a stressor but rather as a playground in which to explore and interact creatively with one-another and our expereince.
Flow states enable us to step away from the notion that we are separate, it enables us to loose our sense of self-consciousness, judgement, beliefs around fear and our limitations. It enables us to move into the experience of being in the moment and to engage fully with the moment and our inner desires.
This is why Yoga and Meditation are such a big part of how we explore Creativity at NamARTste.
Through various studies it has been shown that this 'Flow state' "doesn't just heighten creativity in the moment, it heightens it over the long haul. In other words, being in flow actually trains us to be more creative."
Neuroscience tells us that Flow is the product of profound changes in brain function. We move from Beta brainwaves to Alpha brainwaves (responsible for day-dreaming). This allows us to slip between thoughts and to "combine ideas in radical new ways"
Flow is also caused by a temporary deactivation of the pre-frontal cortex called "transient hypofrontality" which is responsible for our detachment from our egoic sense of self.
Lastly, while experiencing flow, our bodies release a tremendous amount of performance-enhancing, pleasure-inducing chemicals which are responsible for feelings of happiness, acceptance and well-being.
Creativity made the top of the list for most desirable skills for the Twenty-First Century. Creativity is seen as essential for todays Leaders and for those of the future.
I think it's safe to say that investing time in experiencing "flow" and exploring what arises within this zone is not only fun and enjoyable but an investment in your overall well-being.
Steven Kotler of 'Psychology Today' discusses the results of several studies from Harvard University and an Australian study which looks into the neuroscience behind what we call the "flow state" and how this is linked to creativity and ultimately happiness.
To read his findings click on the link below.