\flō\ | noun: a way of life

Life ought to be lived as a bird flies through the air or as a fish swims in the water. As soon as there are signs of elaboration, a man is doomed, he is no more a free being.
— D.T. Suzuki, "An Introduction to Zen Buddhism"

If I had to choose one word to describe my approach to life, it would be "flow", a term coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who literally wrote the book on it. For me, flow is a way of life, and the quote above about living life as a bird flies or fish swims resonates deeply. When I'm in flow, I'm exactly where I need to be and everything is happening as it should. Time becomes irrelevant and I'm simply being my being.

My purest moments of flow arise when I'm creating something from the heart. Recently I've been using most of my creative energy to bring Ascension to life. Ascension is an interactive sculpture I'm building to help us reimagine what love means.

Spinning poi or Dragon staff are other ways I love achieving flow. These, like juggling and many other forms of prop manipulation, are literally called "flow arts" because they're great at helping us get out of our heads and into our bodies. Hours turn into minutes when flowing with these fun props.

Meditation, running, and yoga are also part of my regular practice. All of these activities, mental and physical, work together wonderfully to help me stay balanced and in flow as much as possible.