A ‘flow’ experience is a stretch of time where you are totally absorbed in something, oblivious to the passing of time, something that profoundly engages your intellect, your passions, your soul.
This is not ‘going with the flow’ – this is being profoundly absorbed.
For me, one of the most powerful ‘flow’ experiences is white-water canoeing. In turbulent, unpredictable water, where any misstep could potentially flip the canoe, my attention is totally focussed – other things cannot float into my consciousness.
The social scientist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has pioneered this notion of ‘flow experiences’ as a key to happiness
Watch his TED talk
Interestingly, one group that has taken to heart his teachings are the designers of video games. They employ many strategems to make those games irresistable, and totally absorbing.
I’m not proposing you spend all your time playing video games. Look back – what types of things do you do that are totally engaging, where you totally lose track of time? Is their a passion you’re following?