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Speak for Yourself by Harry Key

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Chapter Five

Go with the flow

There exists a thoroughly studied and poorly understood mental state that has fascinated humans for hundreds of years. It has been explored by meditating yogis and Zen archers, potters, poets, performers and long-distance runners; even data-entry clerks have experienced this state. It is a state of total focus and it’s been called a great many things, and here we’ll call it flow.

It’s likely that you dip in and out of flow many times every day, when you knit or do filing or jog on a treadmill. Depending on how well I’m writing, you may even be experiencing it now. It’s possible that if you were in flow, my drawing your attention to it has pushed you out of that state and into a state of half-reading and half-thinking, ...

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