We all remember those times in our lives when we were in a state of maximum effectiveness and fulfillment, "fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity." Csíkszentmihályi Mihály called this a state of flow, and even wrote a book about it.

Is the Vortex the same thing, or is it something different? If it is different, how does it differ?

asked 01 Aug '10, 21:31

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I think being in "The Vortex" and being in "a state of flow" are one and the same.

When we are in "The Vortex" everything seems to happen with the least amount of effort and we are flowing with the current - as you said "fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus". When we are not in "a state of flow" or are out of "The Vortex" everything seems like a huge effort as though we're paddling against that current and making no progress.


answered 01 Aug '10, 22:52

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I agree and would like your opinion on this: with time and space removed from the equation, we're left with right here as location and now as the only real time. Therefore, The Vortex or The State of Flow means that we're stationary and life flows through us and that's why we're always on the leading edge. Do you agree?

(02 Aug '10, 09:34) Eddie

@Eddie - I fully agree.It's only when we get still enough or become fully present that we can access that state and fully allow life to flow through us.

(02 Aug '10, 12:23) Michaela

I find the flow diagram very similar to The Emotional Guidance Scale so it would seem to be two similar processes/way of thinking


answered 02 Aug '10, 09:32

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