Today, I found that ineffable, transcendent “flow” state or optimal experience taking dance class after classes had been on a 6 week (i.e. seemingly endless) hiatus. Reminding me how enormously potent an experience it is to be fully engaged in pursuing one’s passion. Here’s to passion!
Surfing 50 foot waves? How do you train for that, let alone do it? As a 16-year-old, no less.
The fam just watched “Chasing Mavericks” again, based on the true story of Jay Moriarity whose bounteous passion fueled his surfing quest. I kept shaking my head in disbelief and awe throughout the movie. Such tremendous courage and spirit!
Despite my incredulity, my soul recognized the familiar impetus for his journey. Which Jay voices along the lines of: “When I hit that drop, I will know I am alive.”
Ah, yes! That’s the vibrancy, and at times, transcendence, I feel when I am dancing. I’m alive!!
It’s the “flow” state, or optimal experience. Remember?
It’s when “…a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile….” as explained and exhaustively researched by genius, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his amazing book, “Flow.”
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