Flowing, healing, liberating…

Following the previous sad story about suicide cases in Bali, many spiritual seekers are eager to know, what is the important key of healthy and happy life. In a simple but deep answer, problems appear because people fail to flow. Healing, happiness and even peace can easily appear when you learn how to flow. For that reason, let’s learn two aspects of flowing: “The intellegence of the flow, the psychology of the flow”.

The intelligence of flowing…

The unique thing about Bali, the most spiritual treasure in Bali is holy water. It’s not only true according to daily life practice. It’s also true according to my spiritual eyes. It happens more than once in Bali, how light appear in the sky in the form of sprinkiling holy water. It’s a symbolical bell to learn more about the intelligence of the flow.

To make the story short but fundamental, when you make decision, learn to be the best friend of holistic thinking. See the problems from multiple perspective. Use helicopter’s view. Take a distance, look at the problems from certain height. Understand deeply the complicated networks behind.

And how complicated the network is, have a courage to simplify. Then make decision. Above all, whatever the result, learn to flow. Meaning, flow with any result. Be thankful at least for the lesson that you gain, or for the more mature soul. How small the success is, learn to celebrate. Celebration is a bridge that connecting you with life and universe. It also improves the quality of your flowing intelligence.

The psychology of the flow…

The psychology of flow is a concept popularized by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, describes a state of deep immersion and engagement in an activity. This state is characterized by a sense of effortless concentration, loss of self-consciousness, and an altered perception of time. When in flow, individuals often feel a heightened sense of satisfaction and productivity.

Flow occurs when there is a balance between the challenges of a task and the individual’s skill level. If a task is too difficult, it can lead to anxiety; if it’s too easy, it can result in boredom. The optimal experience arises when one’s skills are fully utilized to meet the task’s demands, creating a harmonious state of high challenge and high skill.

Several factors contribute to achieving flow. Clear goals provide direction and purpose, while immediate feedback helps individuals adjust their performance in real-time. Concentration and focus are crucial, as distractions can disrupt the flow state. Additionally, the activity should be intrinsically rewarding, making the process itself enjoyable rather than just the outcome.

Flow has significant implications for well-being and performance. It enhances learning and skill development, as individuals are fully engaged and motivated. In professional settings, it can lead to higher productivity and job satisfaction. Moreover, flow experiences contribute to personal fulfillment, as they often involve creative and meaningful activities.

Understanding the psychology of flow also offers insights into designing environments that foster this state. For instance, educators can create challenging yet attainable tasks to keep students engaged. Workplaces can implement strategies to minimize distractions and provide clear objectives and feedback.

Overall, the psychology of flow highlights the importance of aligning one’s skills with the challenges at hand and creating conditions that promote deep engagement and intrinsic motivation. This alignment not only enhances performance but also contributes significantly to personal happiness and fulfillment.

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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