Know to Flow
Know to Flow
Simple tips for moving in and out of the flow at will, making learning an enjoyable experience, and rewriting your operating system
About the Book
Rather than looking at how lots of different people have experienced flow, Know to Flow is about my own experience of flow across a wide variety of activities. They range from motorcycle riding to Chinese calligraphy but also include 20 years of teaching (plus a few more of doing) yoga.
These experiences by themselves aren't enough to make me an expert on flow. I've spent a lot of time trying to understand flow and its opposite mindstate. And part of that understanding comes from having been an engineer as well as an armorer. In both instances, I've learned to understand the things I was working on and to fix them. How does this relate to the idea of flow? You could think of a problem as a lack or inability to flow. Anytime we have a problem, that's when we need to use our thinking mind (particularly if we don't have the necessary experience or understanding to know what the problem is.) When we solve problems, then we can flow, if we choose.
Going beyond the usual recipes or prerequisites for getting into the flow, this is how an everyday person gets into the flow easily.
This isn't to say that you can't learn from skilled people.
It's to say that anybody can access the flow mindstate and you don't need extreme activities or experiences to get there.
- You'll learn why habits (and memory) are an essential element of flow.
- You'll learn how clearly defined ideas make it easy to get into the flow.
- You'll also learn why being critical is the antithesis of flow.
- (But there is a time and a place for it).
- You'll learn why being in the flow makes you more responsive.
- Plus you'll learn how to use your senses and how to adjust your sensitivity while flowing.
And have you ever heard that Bruce Lee talk about "being like water"?
With Know to Flow, you'll learn how you can be like water. (And why you can't be like water in space.)
Plus you'll learn one possible definition for "efficient learning" and how you can make your own learning more efficient.
- Rewrite Your Operating System
Some experiences of flow
- An absence of thought
- Gliding on ice
- Doing math
- Wood carving and overly large breasts
- Quake and a game of pool
- Tent folding and simple instruction sets
- Could I give you my phone number?
- When you know, you don’t have to think
- How thinking inhibits flow
Play has clearly defined rules
- When you’re playing, you aren’t worrying!
- Do things right or have learning experiences
- Chinese calligraphy
- Getting into the flow takes practice
- Forgetting lost love
- Getting through the gap
- Making learning an enjoyable process
The importance of thinking
- Isolating what you need to practice
- Thinking or flowing but not both
- Being your own teacher
Memory, habits and flow
- Fast math and touch-typing
- Math is memorized
- Sampling calligraphy to flow
- Flowing without learning
- Self expression
- Beautiful imperfections
- Teaching from experience
- Frameworks for expression
- Forgetting I was acting
- Improv and rules that guide
- Saying the lines versus feeling them
- The point isn’t the point, but it is required
- Some experiences of flow
- Fixing guns
- Building a motorbike
- Problems prevent flow
- Know how to learn
- Programming an App
- What it means to understand
- Learning to understand
- Revising ourselves
A basis for change
- A systematic yoga practice
- The dream that pulled
- A taste of being present
- Making the same thing different
- Hands on
The first thing
- Hiding in a sea of thoughts
- It will be over soon
- Bench fitting and yoga
- Foundations and change
- Know where you are at
- Leaning into the fear
- Skiing uphill
- Relaxed shooting
- The foundation of understanding
- The power of choice
Learning the alphabet backwards
- Eat cheeseburgers
- Simple guidelines
- Brush strokes and understanding
- Creating options
A more detailed understanding of the body
- Visualizing anatomy and feeling it
- How does one feel one’s anatomy?
- Muscles enable us to proprioceive
- The point of greatest pressure
- Turning muscles on and off
- Breathing is an exercise in muscle control
- Shifting weight
- Relaxing movements
- Rhythmic movements
- Noticing a light touch
- A lateral weight shift
- From all fours to twos
- Pressure and touch are general sensations
- Maintaining sensation while being still
- Responding intelligently to problems
Noticing Change as it Happens
- Creating change so that we can notice it
- Rhythmic muscle control
- Noticing connective tissue tension
- Adjusting or fine-tuning
- Forgetting I was acting
Focusing on the experience
- Vehicles of consciousness
- Gradually accrued experience
- Noticing our inner environment
- Sensing change
Looking to the Horizon,
- Changing a relationship to vary sensitivity
- Learning to draft
- Arriving at gaps as they appear
- Not wanting to crash
- A habit that hindered
- The best view of the way ahead
The memory of a feeling versus the actuality
- Tuning tension
- Maximizing awareness
Relationships and change
- Fixing guns
- Building a motorbike
- Failing to relate
- Zeroing parallax
- Clear references and unambiguous messaging
- When references fail
- Flexible reference systems
Smart phones and muscle control
- Relationships are vehicles for change
- Muscle control makes us smart
- Noticing Change as it Happens
Being like water
- Water flows from high to low
- Water doesn’t say WTF.
A unit of consciousness and the heart of love
- Small gods
- Giving ideas gravity and spin
- The idea that pulls you
- Learning creates internal change
- Relationships realize ideas
- Having a path
- Looking for the path or creating it
- Choosing limits
- Limits define ideas
- Working towards infinity
- Art has limits
- Dance of Shiva, a study in limitation
- Thinking, flow, and limits
Learning and faster learning
- The rough draft
- Fast feedback
- Frequent switching
- Resting from one thing by doing another
- The Importance of rhythm and rest
- Slow and smooth
- Noticing self talk
- Crunches aren’t that bad
- Going deeper in a side bend
- Flowing around obstacles
Simple ways to get into the flow
- Three oms
- Humming or toning
- Why rest?
- Being like water
- Tidying after a banquet
- A grand opening
- Programming an app
- When sorting requires an index
- The Joys of Using a Chinese Character Dictionary
- Change what you do or the way that you do things
An impossible task
- Learning Hirigana
- Phonetic frustrations
- Learning to touch-type Chinese
- Indexes are pointers
- Single indexes and multiple ideas
- Indexing is a way of defining limits
- An unimaginable act of coordination
- Learning to ride
- Negligent discharges are not a good thing
- The importance of habits
- Habits take inputs and respond with outputs
Why we have habits
- Reducing the load
- Driving smoothly
- Unification while flowing in the real
- Connecting to the inner or the outer
- Experiencing connection
Consciousness is limited
- Expanding across space, expanding across time
- Imaginary Space
- Inspiration and happiness
- Pleasant environments
- Why leave?
A Sea of ideas and attractiveness
- The gravity of awareness
- Architects of fate
- Emptying the glass
- Fractals and the coast of England
- Infinity squared
- Working towards freedom
Thinking in Terms of Limits
- Defining systems
- A built in teacher
- Two reasons to break things down
- Using limits to build models
- Taking context into account
- Limits for infinity
- Restricting reality
- Beginners versus old hands
The Dance of Shiva
- Turning habits into options
- Learning to learn and learning to flow
- Clearly defined elements
- Changing your mindset
- Clearly defined component ideas
How Small is Too Small?
- Short term memory
- Learning to listen
- Learning a fan form
- Memorization made easy
- The sum of the parts
- Weight shifts
- Teaching Tai Ji in Hong Kong
- A universal approach
Learning to Flow While Learning
- Brush strokes and flow
- The limits of short-term memory
- Learning Swift
- The calculus of infinity
- Gong fu
- Making learning retrievable
- Creating contexts
- Indexing matters (clean as you go, sort as you go)
- Why we can think, why we can flow
- Redefining Infinity
Controllers, sensors, and actuators
- Where to spend the dough
- The three elements of flow
Simple ideas for being present
- Paying attention
- Transmitting information
- Maintaining a relationship
- Room to move
Clear references and stability
- Stability while writing
- The whole body, from tai ji to calligraphy
- Inner horizons
- Alignment as a starting point
Lead with your mind
- Ideas come first
- Knowing as a means of indexing ideas
- Fixing problems
Expanding the present.
- Flattening the curvature of the earth
- Bending light
Components and signals
- Two views of a rifle
- Two views of a test device
- Two views of a Telehealth device
- Two views of ourselves
- After action reviews
- Thinkers and Doers
- Tradesmen versus engineering students
Self testing (The rough draft revisited)
- Pain forces you to learn
- What do you need to improve?
- Recognize your accomplishments.
Can you get rid of habits?
- Thought habits
- Noticing things so that you can change them
- Turn testing into a habit
Circles, spirals, and sines
- Riding the wave of time
- Time wave generators
- Working towards infinity
- Time and space as limits
- Surfing the wave of Time
- What if gravity causes time to flow
- Gravity pulls inwards, light flows out
- The Plaid Fabric of Time and Space, a summary
- Controllers, sensors, and actuators
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