Challenge skills equation

The Challenge to Skills Equation and how to use it as a framework for life

The earliest researcher and scientist in the world of Flow research was undoubtedly Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He is the man who coined the word “flow” and built our earliest models of understanding this elusive state.  Out of all of his contributions, the most widely known and discussed is what many refer to as the Challenge:Skills Equation, … Continue reading The Challenge to Skills Equation and how to use it as a framework for life

What is a flow state

What is a “Flow State” and how do I know if I am in one?

Have you ever felt like you’re “in the zone”? A state where you’re so focused and concentrated that you have tunnel vision, where everything is effortless and you perform at your best? If you have, you’ve been lucky enough to experience what is called a “Flow State”. Coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a flow state is … Continue reading What is a “Flow State” and how do I know if I am in one?

Flow states and meditation

How “Flow States” changed my understanding of meditation

I’ve been practicing traditional seated meditation for about 5 years now. The kind where you sit still for 20+ minutes paying attention to your breath in complete silence.  It’s a practice that has been invaluable to me and has had more positive benefits than I could ever anticipate….but it’s also a practice that has made … Continue reading How “Flow States” changed my understanding of meditation

Why you should intentionally hang out with "toxic" people

Why you should intentionally hang out with “toxic” people

Last year I wrote an article entitled “Beware of the energy vampires”. It’s a piece about avoiding the people who are an energy suck. The people who drain you and make you feel depleted.  The "toxic" ones. On one hand I still largely agree with this - you must protect yourself, protect your energy, be … Continue reading Why you should intentionally hang out with “toxic” people

The mind is a good fisherman

The mind is a good fisherman – don’t take the bait

The mind always needs to be thinking about something. Solving some problem. Remembering some memory or envisioning the future.   It’s always coming up with some new thought. Trying to bait me into thinking. This was one of my biggest takeaways from the first time that I did a 10-Day Vipassana retreat - when you … Continue reading The mind is a good fisherman – don’t take the bait