We have hinted at flow throughout this blog’s existence. The time may now have come to bring it out more into the open. I have been watching talks on TED.com more lately, and this one was recently posted by Csikszentmihalyi. He is the originator behind piecing the whole concept of flow together into a neat discourse with graphs and figures. While this may be a good place to open up the discussion, it doesn’t mean it started with his conception, and it certainly doesn’t mean we’re going to settle on this understanding alone. The connection to our ongoing discussion of balance can not be avoided for much longer though. If you have a few minutes, you can check out his talk. (Admittedly he’s not the most engaging speaker, but the content is very engaging, so I encourage you to give it a shot.) The graphs, and quotes help make sense of things. I was intrigued to learn that the ancient Greek definition of ecstasy was “to stand to the side of something”. You learn something on the interweb all the time. So, flow? A discourse worth examining here?
Update: I took out the embeded video, because it plays automatically (a bit annoying). Click here to get to his talk. Remember, try to get into the content, that’s what’s worth it.