Some Secret Wisdom About Mindfulness and the State of “Flow”

Flow is the doorway to altered states of consciousness

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Much of my work, including the study of Flow, is based on applied game theory, a system for making wise decisions in group interactions. It might be helpful before we explore Flow in greater detail if we begin with a short introduction to the basics of game theory. Below is an article (a 6-minute read) as well as a more in-depth video embedded in the article. Both were created so they would be understood by a 12-year-old.

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For the most part (except for basic bodily feelings like hunger and pain, which are innate), people are able to decide what they want to focus their attention on.

However, when one is in the flow state, they are completely engrossed with the one task at hand and, without making the conscious decision to do so, lose awareness of all other things: time, people, distractions, and even basic bodily needs. According to Csikszentmihályi, this occurs because all of the attention of the person in the flow state is on the task at hand; there is no more attention to be allocated.

Games and gaming and applied game theory

Flow in games and gaming has been linked to the laws of learning as part of the explanation for why learning-games (the use of games to introduce material, improve understanding, or increase retention) have the potential to be effective. In particular, flow is intrinsically motivating, which is part of the law of readiness. The condition of feedback, required for flow, is associated with the feedback aspects of the law of exercise. This is exhibited in well-designed games, in particular, where players perform at the edge of their competency as they are guided by clear goals and feedback. The positive emotions associated with Flow are associated with the law of effect. The intense experiences of being in a state of flow are directly associated with the law of intensity. Thus, the experience of gaming can be so engaging and motivating as it meets many of the laws of learning, which are inextricably connected to creating flow.

Final Thoughts

There are many ways to go into this state. A good place to begin the process is to play the video game Tetris. Really experiencing Flow will expand your intuition and mank you a more creative and innovative thinker.

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I offer advice on the arts, innovation, self-improvement, life lessons, mental health, game theory strategies, and love. LewisCoaches.Medium.com

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