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

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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”

Music:

“Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka

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