I want to surf with Steven Kotler

Surfing in South Africa

I want to go surfing with Steven Kotler.

Why?

Because, Steven Kotler understands Flow. So does Jamie Wheal. They understand better than most, what gets us out there in the first place. They understand what drives people to certain types of recreation and extreme sports in an almost addictive fashion.

I would like to surf with these guys. I would imagine that the conversation at the lineup would be pretty awesome.

These guys understand Flow better than most because they are the founders of  The Flow Genome Project, which is what this post is about.

If you do not know what “Flow” is, you should read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. He defined flow as “the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”  In a state of flow, you are deeply absorbed in something that is challenging or difficult, but doable or achievable. It seems that time stands still and nothing else matters when you are in that moment.

I would say that pretty much EVERYTHING about the Flow Genome Project is worth some exploration if you are looking to upgrade your Lifestyle. The ability to regularly achieve a state of Flow could quite possibly be the main reason for exploring The 5 Key Elements of Lifestyle in the first place, and upgrading your Lifestyle in general.

For an introduction, I can recommend two videos that will help you get your head around what Flow or Peak Experience is.

1.) TED talk by Jamie Wheal HERE:

2.) Interviews with people about Flow HERE:

If you understand Flow, imagine that these guys are hacking Flow and reverse-engineering Flow to the point where it can be replicated and accessed by everyone. Not just people who are into extreme sports.

Steven Kotler is the author of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance.

For the biohackers – the first video above talks about the process of Flow and the transition into different brainwave states during Flow. Juicy stuff.

 

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