Flow: Where Science Meets Zen

If you’ve ever played a sport, you’ve probably heard a coach yell, “Get your head in the game!” This is because it is universally understood in the sports world that the fewer extraneous thoughts you have, the better you’ll perform. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term “Flow” to describe the experience — common to elite athletes and artists — of focusing so completely on one thing that the brain completely stops processing data related to anything else. In this TED talk, Csikszentmihalyi describes Flow as, “An almost automatic, effortless, yet highly focused state of consciousness,” and…