In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields, though has existed for thousands of years under other guises, notably in some Eastern religions. Achieving flow is often referred to as being in the zone.

According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although flow is also described (below) as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one's emotions.

I hack into flow in many ways - physical activity, concerts (group flow) but the surest way for me is Abstract Painting......

I only began in April 2015, by attending a night course at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, under the tutelage of the generous and genius James Lawrence.  Every Thursday night, I join 4 other wonderful women at James' studio to continue our journey.

I look forward to it all week long!