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In a recent interview, Dr. Kaushik Ram shared that “movement is not just moving your body, it’s about having a full sensory experience.” We have included a very intriguing article written by Dr. Ram that explores the 5 core characteristics of 'Flow'.
To be born is a miracle. Then what? The truth is beautiful but terrible.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. The trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them. – Dumbledore.
In life we suffer. We suffer because we distract ourselves from the inevitability of the moment. We consume each moment by doing things, having conversations, thinking about our hopes, aspirations and future.
We consume the moment with the illusion of getting somewhere with our lives, with a self-enhanced autobiography of achievements, with the subjective importance we place on ourselves.
The human brain has the remarkable ability to create multiple realities. The ability to time travel. We can travel back in time to moments that we hold dear.
We can project forward in time and see our dreams come to life. This ecosystem of realities co-exist in an electrical storm generated by a piece of tissue that weighs no more than 2% of our body weight.
In a world that thrives on instantaneousness, we are distracted beyond our own grasp. In 2000 the average attention span was 12 seconds, but this has now fallen to just eight. The goldfish maintains a solid nine seconds.
When our attention deviates from this moment, it subtracts from the current reality a potion of our Presence. This is because the brain can mentally wander in time however, the body can only remain in one place – here. This creates an incongruence between brain and body.
No “Body” can be in two places at once.
We seek meaning in what we do – career, relationship, family, friends, personal growth, health, fun and pleasure. No amount of focus we give to any of these will have any meaning unless there is a brain-body coherence.
The brain is rooted in the spinal chord
There exists a great illusion – you can dislike what you do, you can get consumed by what you do, you can work hard at what you do. However, the terrible truth is that there is no meaning in what you do. No matter what you do – it is never enough. This is the illusion that traps us in the repetitive cycle of seeking the next possibility for fulfillment.
The terrible truth contains within it, unspeakable beauty. There is no meaning in what you do, but rather it is the joy that pours into what you do from deep within you. The greatest masters of our time all know this and do it without thinking – Children.
Children play. By its very nature, play is agenda free, driven by curiosity, exploration and adventure. Play is clever in mysterious ways – the substrate for creativity. Play creates a time-free space. Play neutralizes the contradictions of cognitive dissonance – the layers of incongruent realities that co-exist in our mental ecosystems.
We do not seek benefit from play. Play is the benefit.
As adults we experience the miracles of play in states of Flow. Contrary to popular belief, flow is not derived from our activities. The joy of flow enters what you do from an internal euphoria – the Love that consumes.
Flow has 5 core characteristics:
When our undivided attention (brain-body congruence) is emitted through our Presence, it doesn’t matter what we are doing – we find profound satisfaction deep within. This satisfaction is inseparable from our heart’s desire and cannot exist outside this moment.
Flow gives off its own abundance. An abundance that is aligned with the unknown – the intelligence that we cannot comprehend but fulfills it purpose through us – the miracle of the moment that is given the space to unfold.
The conditions of flow is independent of the context, independent of any given task or explicit objective. The conditions for flow is created within. The learning that is Implicit – one that cannot be measured, tangibly verbalized or empirically deconstructed.
Implicit learning can occur one of three ways:
When the body is not involved in what you are doing, the mental time anomaly means that the body is fighting against the moment – the indivisible body cannot be in two places at once. Implicit learning through the body is stable because it’s independent of context (Analogy), robust to stress (Cognitive stacking) and inherently enjoyable (Errorless learning)
The heart of man contains the love of the universe.
The energy that we pour into what we do is evident in what we create. End and means are one. The miracle of life is the fact that we are alive.
Simply being fully present is enough.
Dr. Kaushik Ram taught the Flow State Protocol™ at the i4 Live Retreat Program in 2016. This is a movement based approach to brain training and body healing. He also covered the inner secrets of how individuals can unlock creativity through the use of neuro-technology. Learning how to use neuro-feedback will also help you boost physical health, confidence and the ability to work under pressure.
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Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.
Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.
Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership
In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.
Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.
Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.