Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 5 Discussion: The Body in Flow | Flow Book Club

Published on: 19th November, 2021

Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas.

Chapter 5: The Body in Flow

“Everything the body can do is potentially enjoyable. Yet many people ignore this capacity and use their physical equipment as little as possible, leaving its ability to provide flow unexploited.”

This fun chapter explores all the activities we can pursue with our bodies that can produce flow experiences. Some examples include athletic practice, sports, dancing, music, eating, sex, and reveling in the senses. As MC emphasizes, the mind is always involved in these activities as well, so optimally these are mind-body activities, and flow comes when you develop your skills to perform in a refined way.

As MC stresses, “Each of these modalities offers an almost unlimited amount of enjoyment, but only to persons who work to develop the skills they require. To those who do not, the body remains indeed a lump of rather inexpensive flesh.”

Topics: “Higher, Faster, Stronger” “The Joys of Movement” “Sex as Flow” “The Ultimate Control: Yoga & Martial Arts” “Flow through the Senses: The Joys of Seeing” “The Flow of Music” “The Joys of Tasting”


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Travel Whys is a travel podcast for growth-hungry entrepreneurs. We explore the deep reasons why people travel - and why, perhaps, everyone ought to adopt a "traveler's spirit" - because we believe travel can be so much more than merely vacation or leisure. Instead, we see travel as an opportunity for growth and transformation, and as an integral part of a flourishing life full of deep meaning and happiness. We're pioneers in exploring travel in combination with the themes of continuous learning and the psychology of flow states.

You'll find multiple different series of episodes in the show. For example, our "A Trip That Changed Me" episodes are an opportunity to explore a destination and listen in to a traveler's story of how their trip provoked a change to their perspective and future direction. In our "Explorer Conversations" episodes, we talk with experts and other guests on cutting-edge issues involving travel, continuous learning and flow states. Lastly, for those who would like to get involved with an interactive experience, we're partnering with 52 Living Ideas for the "Flow Book Club" starting with a chapter-by-chapter exploration of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" See: https://www.meetup.com/52LivingIdeas/

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