Are you familiar with the concept of "flow state"? Flow state is that incredible feeling we get when we are so supremely focused on whatever we are doing that we literally enter a different state of mind. It can feel like a state of bliss, a state of absolute clarity, and even though whatever we're doing is challenging (we do not enter flow state while doing things that are easy), it can begin to feel effortless; as if our body and mind already know the next move and simply execute on their own. There are no distractions in flow, no stress or judgements. All that exists is that exact moment. Scientists show that flow can be achieved through practically any activity that both interests you and challenges you. Sports, surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, yoga and martial arts are all common ways people enter flow, but it can also be achieved by less physical activities such as playing music, cooking, playing chess, writing, drawing, solving puzzles and even while reading an incredible book. Growing up I would often enter flow while playing soccer or skateboarding; these days it's typically while snowboarding or taking photos. I truly believe that I am happiest when I'm doing things that allow me to enter flow often. Because of this, in the same way people chase dopamine to feel alive, I chase flow. Have you experienced flow before? And if so, what were you doing to achieve it?
"The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."