Most of us have experienced it.
That feeling of being totally absorbed in the moment. So immersed in what we’re doing that we’re not aware of time passing or what’s going on around us. In fact, we’re almost completely unaware of anything.
This is Flow – being ‘in the zone’.
Mostly, flow happens spontaneously. However, the conditions for encouraging flow are known:
• You know exactly what you want to do from one moment to the other.
• You get immediate feedback.
• You know that what you need to do is possible to do even though difficult.
• Sense of time disappears.
• You forget yourself.
• You feel part of something larger
• What you are doing becomes worth doing for its own sake.
The pioneering researcher in this area is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced cheeks-sent-my-high) and in this video he introduces flow as only he can. I have a transcript of this video that I’d be happy to pass on – you can reach me on the contact page.
In the PERMA model, flow maps over most closely to positive engagement. Now, while Martin Seligman is the name everyone associates with the PERMA model and Positive Psychology (a name even its ‘inventors’ do not like!) more generally, Mihaly was one of the small group who met in that first week of 1998 to agree the substance of this new field of psychology: to use what we know to help people live their best lives.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy combines the best of this new understanding with the Solution Focused approach and the transformative capability of trance to best support you in building and sustaining your own best life.