Flow 1

Flow 1

FLOW is one of those capacious words which conveys many moods and many layers of meaning. It can function as the most practical of words, describing, as it does, a ubiquitous, universal phenomenon.  It seems impossible to imagine a universe without FLOW, and scientists - from the earliest to the the most adventurously contemporary - refer to it frequently. In the great spiritual traditions of East and South Asia  (Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism), FLOW can describe a perfected state of being, a total immersion in the moment, the place, the action. And Islamic and Christian philosophers have echoed this. Yet, perhaps because of this vital role in our daily experience, the word FLOW can also carry a moral dimension, a way of being human. It encourages us to see ourselves within the world not superior to it, a naked ape not the master of all we survey.