Get into the Flow

Made a tulip with stem and roses.
Trashed three other failed attempts.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, known as one of the co-founders of Positive Psychology, came up with the Flow concept. It describes those times when you are totally immersed in a challenging but possible task. It can happen to all classes, genders, ages, and cultures and can be experienced when one is doing different types of activities Рhobbies, sports, doing work, learning a skill etc.

Doing origami is something that I have shunned for a while. I always have this mental block that it requires certain ability in the brain to follow such detailed instructions and I don’t think I have that ‘something’. Last night, out of boredom, I decided to try folding origami flowers since I like flowers.

Before I know it, I have spent three hours to fold different shapes and patterns and I felt such sense of achievement because firstly, I have conquered the ‘I can’t’ mentality, secondary, I could follow youtube instructions and thirdly, I enjoyed myself and was so absorbed in the activity.

If you have not ever felt this flow moment, try to develop the flow state. You will be amazed at that euphoric feeling. I really enjoy this article on ‘8 Ways to Create Flow’ written by Mike Oppland on the Positive Psychology website –

If you are really interested in this topic, do read more in the above link.