This podcast is all about flow states. You know, that feeling when everything just lines up and you’re able to get a ton of work done? Or when you’re in an intense creative zone where you feel thoroughly like your best self? That’s what we’re talking about today.
I’m here with Rian Doris, who is the co-founder and CEO of the Flow Research Collective. They’ve done a lot of work on researching the neurobiology and the chemistry of what’s happening in a flow state and then also applying that research to people in various walks of life to make people more effective, especially in a work capacity.
We dwell instead on the educational side of this and how we as parents can help nurture our kids into having a high-performance mindset and a solid foundation for life using flow states. I learned so much in this very fascinating episode that takes a lot of really interesting twists and turns!
Episode Highlights With Rian Doris
- The difference between flow and focus
- Why flow often happens after a time of interrupted focus
- Attention involves direction your direction (attention- focus- flow)
- The differences between focus and a flow state
- The neurochemistry changes that occur in flow states
- Shifts in brain waves that happen in flow
- The triggers that help us reach flow states
- How video games can create flow states and what we can learn from this for education
- Steps to take to set up a home or school environment for flow and accelerated learning
- The important autonomy connection with education and flow states
- What transient hyperfrontality is and how it affects flow and education
- Why play (and flow) is its own reward
- How to reinvigorate play as an adult
- Why to have a primary and secondary flow activity outside of work
- Examples of ways to get into flow socially, cognitively and creatively (and physically)
- How dancing can be a great flow trigger
- Why belonging, community, and shared beliefs are important for flow
- Why belief is important when it comes to achievement (and not in the way you think)
- The potential dark sides of flow and how to be aware of them
- Why the extent to which you recover is the extent to which you can get into flow states
- How recovery is distinct from relaxation
- Activities for recovery that create parasympathetic mode, like ice baths or sauna, bodywork, foam rolling, and certain exercises
- Why relaxing activities can make recovery more difficult
- And more!
Resources We Mention
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