goals for the sixth evening to understand how

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goals for the sixth evening ² to understand how to use the “reminder dots”

goals for the sixth evening ² to understand how to use the “reminder dots” for calming & “re-centering” during the day ² to know what is meant by “flow” and how important this is for wellbeing and happiness ² to be clear about the specific formal “belly” practice and the relaxation/awareness challenges

research on how to feel really alive and well: üESM - experience sampling method

research on how to feel really alive and well: üESM - experience sampling method - genuine snapshots of present time experience ü 25 years of research into the experience of happiness, involvement, vitality, focus, and enjoyment üstudies in Canada, Australia, USA, Italy, Germany, Japan, India, Korea & Thailand üinitially experts - musicians, athletes, surgeons, artists, chess masters - then people from all walks of life

the elements of enjoyment flow experiences typically contain several of these 8 elements: usually

the elements of enjoyment flow experiences typically contain several of these 8 elements: usually involves a challenging activity requiring skills ‚ clear goals and rapid feedback on how we’re doing ƒ attention is largely absorbed by the activity „ the mind clears of irrelevant material … there is a sense of exercising control † loss of self-consciousness, though paradoxically the self tends to emerge stronger and more confident ‡ our sense of time bears little relationship to clock time ˆ the activity becomes an end in its own right

typical components of flow challenge skills & feedback our sense of time changes and

typical components of flow challenge skills & feedback our sense of time changes and the activity becomes valid in its own right nunc fluens the mind clears of irrelevant material including selfconsciousness mental focus

the challenge & reward!!! ² when a person is able to organize his or

the challenge & reward!!! ² when a person is able to organize his or her consciousness so as to experience flow as often as possible, the quality of life is inevitably going to improve ² flow makes the present more enjoyable but it also builds confidence and develops skills Csikszentmihalyi M Flow: the psychology of happiness London: Random Century Group, 1992

developing skills in application formal practice developing a trigger phrase/focus first “differential” practice second

developing skills in application formal practice developing a trigger phrase/focus first “differential” practice second “differential” practice the reminder dots are to encourage us to recentre just as much as to calm the reminder dot exercise stressful real life situations