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Finding Happiness by Virginia Murphy-Berman

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CHAPTER 9

The Experience of Uncertainty: The Cultivation of Flow

I felt like I was truly in the present moment. We tango dancers strive for this above all else, a Zen-like state in which you feel as though the tango is animating your body, that you are effortlessly there with no past or future. When you are only in the now, you are as purely yourself as you can be.

—Sharna Fabiano

In this chapter the concept of flow is discussed. Flow occurs when we are completely at one with the task we are doing. It is often accompanied by a sense of timelessness and a total absorption into whatever it is that we are engaged in. Flow is impeded by self-consciousness, overanalysis, and distraction. It is enhanced if we find the perfect challenge level to fully ...

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