In July 2021, I was lucky enough to take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. It was an incredible way to experience it, giving perspective that is impossible to see from a lookout on the rim. A place that made me involuntarily gasp “Wow!”
I came to Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, thinking that I already knew what it was.
A fairly dense, though canonical and oft-cited academic work on the psychology of the “flow state”: that rare, almost reverent state of creativity in which the practitioner is totally immersed in what they’re doing.
In this “flow state,” as I understood it, skills are perfectly matched with challenges, and a kind of elevated consciousness is achieved that borders on transcendence. I know this state intuitively; it’s what I often experience when “in the zone,” creatively speaking.
After reading the book, I realised that it covers a lot more.Continue reading
In Land’s End, the coastal area on the western fringe of San Francisco, sits the ruins of the Sutro Baths. Over a century ago, this was the world’s largest swimming pool complex, but over time it fell into disrepair, and then in 1966 was destroyed by fire.
… according to an 8-year-old.
On the west coast of Ireland sit the famous Cliffs of Moher, otherwise known as the Cliffs of Insanity from the movie The Princess Bride. On this day, we were lucky enough to be there for a spectacular sunset, when the place was devoid of the usual throngs of tourists.