Repeated Phrase B is part of the FitMind Meditation Program. On this second repeated phrase meditation, we can focus on finding joy in the practice.
Have you ever been so absorbed in a task that you lose your sense of self? Maybe you experienced this while playing a sport, painting a picture, or strumming an instrument. You become so engrossed in some activity that everything seems to just… flow.
Neurologically, what’s happening in flow state is that you’ve activated the brain’s reward system; dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, norepinephrine and anandamide (nicknamed the “bliss molecule”) all increase. Your brain is in high-gear, lasered in on a single, challenging objective.
Think of a surfer riding along a giant, barrelling wave. If this is flow, then a steeper wave (anxiety) would cause her to fall, while a flatter wave (boredom) wouldn’t provide enough of a challenge. The flow state exists somewhere at the perfect balance between anxiety and boredom.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]