Living in Flow: What is Flow?

Day 16 of 100 days of blogging

Taking a pause today to add some definition to the word Flow.

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 7.39.13 PMStudies have shown that flow is one stage in a Flow Cycle. Steven Kotler is a researcher and author who has given us some words for what happens in the flow cycle and how to do things to jumpstart and trigger the flow step.


Flow Cycle: (You have to return through all 4 parts of the cycle before returning to flow.)

Struggle: Loading with new information.

Release or Relaxtion: Take your mind off the problem.

Flow: You are in the flow state (In the zone)

Recovery: Go into a low feeling.

The power in the cycle is to learn how to move through struggle and recover better.



There are 17 triggers or preconditions that bring on more flow.


Psychological Triggers:

Intensely Focused Attention

Clear Goals

Immediate Feedback

The Challenge/Skills Ratio


Environmental Triggers:

High Consequences

Rich Environment

Deep Embodiment


Social Triggers:

Serious Concentration

Shared, Clear Goals

Good Communication


Equal Participation and Skill Level


Sense of Control

Close Listening

Always Say Yes


Creative Trigger

Creativity (Pattern Recognition and Risk Taking




For more information go to the Flow Genome Project



315353_10201052497332086_1044127686_nAndrea Hylen believes in the power of our voice to usher in a new world. She is the founder of Heal My Voice, an organization that inspires women and men to heal a story, reclaim personal power and step into greater leadership.  Andrea discovered her unique gifts while parenting three daughters and learning to live life fully after the deaths of her brother, son and husband. In addition to serving as Heal My Voice’s Executive Director, Andrea is an Orgasmic Meditation Teacher and Sexuality Coach.

She is following her intuition as she collaborates with women and men in organizations and travels around the world speaking, teaching and leading workshops. Her passion is authentically living life and supporting others in doing the same. To connect with Andrea and learn about current projects go to: and


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