Get Into The Flow: The Pleasures of Seated Work

by movelicious on November 10, 2012

If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.” Marcus Aurelius.

Well, this might be easier done than said if you’re an emperor. (Marcus Aurelius reigned from 161-180 CE. over the Roman Empire.) Still as I am taking part in the National Novel Writing Month I am really paying attention of how hard it is to get into the flow of doing seated work, like writing. (A salute to those of you who have converted their treadmill into a writing desk.) I know I sure I love getting into the flow of the work and then I can just keep going and going and going. I love it.

What is flow? It is the total involvement in what you’re doing. After some (at times rough) beginnings you might even lose track of time. Then, you might be able sit and work for hours or seemingly run for hours or whatever activity you have chosen to engage in.

How do get into the flow?

tuning in. I tune in to what what I am doing by tuning out what is going around me. I have to. I live with a hyperactive person so at any point I might deal with a cacophony of noises as various projects are underway or as unexpected guests appear.

music. Music has always helped me to tune in and while I do not think it’s the best thing for my ears I wear headphones. Currently music by Andy Moor gets me into the flow of things.

warmth. It’s so simple but I know what really works for me is to be warm. I have been in many of climates where my companions complain that they feel like they’re sitting in a bathtub and I just feel comfortable. (Hint: Having a nice warm work area also draws me there and helps me to stay put.)

coffee. I always have found coffee to be comforting. Yes, even when I have been under tremendous stress it works for me.

a clean desk with a view. I always place my desk at the window which makes me feel like nature is embracing me. I also do not like inspirational images or artifacts near me. I have so much already going on in my brain (the good, the bad, and the ugly) that I would find such things only distracting.

pre-pare. I do feel more energized if I regularly move. Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga has always worked for me. Getting into the flow and yoga are deeply connected:”Both try to achieve a joyous, self-forgetful involvement through concentration.” (Csikszentmihaly, p. 105)

I love flow. It works for me. That is one of the reasons that I love practicing and teaching Vinyasa yoga. It works on the yoga mat and beyond.

What do you do to get into the flow?


Also . . . . . .

Read: Mihaly  Csikszentmihalyi, Flow. (1990) The author conceptualizes flow as “joy, creativity, the process of total involvement with life.” (p. xi)

Move: David Swenson’s Practice Manual is still a very beautiful way to learn more about one major form of Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga.

Listen: Andy Moor, Breaking the Silence, vol. 2 does really help me get into the flow these days.

Photo credits: Ocean , coffee



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