Where it feels like time slows down, all your senses are heightened, and every move you make is fluid and synchronized?
If you have, then you're not alone! This is what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined being in the zone or as we like to call it: your jeweler's flow state.
As a metalsmith, we're used to working with delicate materials for intricate designs. It's so easy to get lost in the piece you're making!
Your jeweler's flow state or the zone is often triggered when you spend time mastering challenging tasks with absolute focus. Self-consciousness takes a back seat and your inner critic seems to quiet down significantly.
“Inducing flow is about the balance between the level of skill and the size of the challenge at hand" (Nakamura et al., 2009)”
Your jeweler's flow state is where your creative work thrives. So what are the benefits of finding your own jeweler's flow state as often as possible?
A heavy sense of concentration
Having the ability to focus on your design with minimal distractions increases your productivity and boosts the creative process. The more motivated and focused you are, the easier it is to achieve a flow state and surrender to the moment.
Sense of clarity
Your flow state allows you to find the balance between challenge and skills with effortlessness and ease. You feel a sense of control over your task with very little to no thought while doing it. You become "one" with your task.
There is great pleasure in doing something with no pressure involved. When you care about the task at hand, it's much easier to be present in the moment, let go of any self-doubt, and just enjoy the process.
Fulfillment and happiness
Doing something you love satisfies your mind's craving for something challenging but achievable. Mindfulness and feelings of ecstasy just flow out which positively impacts your overall wellbeing when repeated as often as possible.
With today's fast-paced culture, cultivating your flow state is a healthy use of your potential without the stress of meeting deadlines!
We'd love to hear from you! How often do you experience flow, and what activities lead you to flow?