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Using Mindful Awareness to Step Into the Flow State
Life is constantly in motion. Quite literally we are moving at roughly 1,000 mph as we spin through the universe. When we zoom in even closer we see that our individual lives are always in flux, moving from task to task, thought to thought, emotion to emotion. The range of what we experience each day is expansive. Upon zooming in further we see, on an even subtler level, that even our cells are in constant transformation. Broadly speaking, our cells reproduce entirely every 7 to 10 years.

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Personal Growth

What is Flow State and How You Can Access It

Complete presence can feel like a difficult place to access, but being in a state of flow can happen in different forms, and people tap into it in various ways. Flow state occurs when you’re so engulfed in the present and the task before you that you cease to be distracted by anything else and lose sense of the past and future. It is the ultimate state of peace, presence, and no-mind. Some people can access this place by sitting in meditation, but for many, flow state occurs while they are either doing something creatively fulfilling or an activity that engages and challenges them enough to require their ultimate presence.

Gabrielle Marchese
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Mind-Body Health

How Learning a New Hobby Can Help You Find Your Flow State

Learning a new hobby is a fun way to try something new and potentially meet new, like-minded people. This is beneficial in and of itself, but the benefits of hobbies expand even further, into the realm of mind-body connection and flow state. “Flow state is an altered state of consciousness where we feel at our best and perform at our best across disciplines, whether that’s art, athletics, or business,” says Gabi Robledo, co-founder of Nomads With A Purpose and Creator of Flow State Warriors. “In addition to heightened performance and enhanced creativity, flow state could also be considered a merging of the mind, body, and spirit, which results in varying levels of fulfillment, transcendent experiences, and interconnectedness,” she adds.

Jessie Quinn
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Yoga

A Practice for Increased Focus

We have all experienced times in our lives when it has felt hard to focus. With so much going on in the world and all of the distractions of modern life, it is normal to feel like your attention is scattered and to have difficulty honing your awareness on a single task. There are many powerful ways to increase focus and concentration without the extra cup of coffee or relying on stimulants. Breath, meditation, and grounded movement are powerful ways to start improving your concentration. This practice was created to invite a relaxed yet grounded awareness into your body and the present moment. Try this practice at the start of your day to boost concentration and stay in a workflow all day long.

Gabrielle Marchese