12 ways to get into FLOW and start addressing anxiety, stress and ‘mental-emotional’ interferences – Part 2 of 2

If you play sport or music or write you’ll know when things seem magical when nothing is in your way when you seem to flow. Having said that, it can happen with any activity never more so than in a business arena. As an Executive coach working with high-flying City professionals I often am so immersed in listening to my clients that two hours just flies by. According to Csikszentmihalyi the Hungarian Psychologist, flow is completely focused motivation and a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized and aligned with the task at hand. To be caught in the ennui of depression or the agitation of anxiety is to be barred from flow. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although flow is also described (below) as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions….
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