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.
About the Author
I left school before graduating to move back to England to join the army. I spent five years as an armorer, while at the same time studying advanced mathematics via correspondence course. Thus developed a love for self-learning. I then went to university to study Systems Design engineering. During work-terms I discovered a love for speed skating and that's when I had some of my earlier experiences of being in the flow. I wasn't a spectacularly fast skater. I simply enjoyed the sensation of falling from skate to skate. After university, I moved to Calgary where after a few years as an engineer, I dabbled in acting and then fell into teaching yoga. Living in Taiwan for the last 13 or so years, I began specializing in teaching people to feel and control their body. In the process, I gained a better understanding of proprioception, one of the keys to getting into the flow easily. I've also dabbled in App design. I've turned a Chinese dictionary that I've designed into an app that makes Chinese character lookup easy, even if you are a complete beginner.