Hobbies And Pastimes And Finding Flow

Flow is a state where you don’t have to really think about what you’re doing.  You just….do.  You are.  You become your activity.  It becomes a state of meditation almost.  Our society is so overcome by stresses and depression that we have to get back to our roots – this is one of the best ways to overcome these obstacles and find more relaxation and happiness.

Personally I love to surf.  This is my main hobby – I find it extremely meditative and relaxing.  It also gives me the endorphine boost that good exercise typically offers to us humans.  When I’m surfing I find that my mind is completely occupied – I don’t usually sit there dwelling on thoughts or problems.  I find that my mind kind of zones out in the way that most meditation practitioners seek.

I also find it fun to immerse myself in surf culture and collect surf type items.  For example, surf watches and tide watches are an excellent way to stay in tune with surfing even if you’re off doing something completely different.  For some reason having a tide watch makes me feel connected to the ocean even though I’m not there.  It’s a reminder of something I really love and am passionate about, and therefore it’s a great thing to have around.  And hey, it tells me the time.

If you have something you’re passionate about, why not buy some items that remind you of this passion on a regular basis?  If you love running, get yourself a running themed mug or shirt.  Or simply wear your running shoes around town.  If you like painting, take photos of things that you might want to paint at some point.  If you love dogs, get yourself a dog keychain.

It’s easy to stay connected to the things you love if you can simply try to remind yourself that there are better things out there waiting for you, especially if you’re stuck at work or stuck in a line somewhere.

If you’re feeling stressed, start by trying out some new activities.  Painting, yoga, running, karate.  Anything where you can immerse yourself.  Flow comes when you start to connect with what you’re doing and your mind frees up.

Yoga is especially good for this, and this is why a lot of people flock to yoga for stress relief.  It’s an activity that has meditation as a main component.

Of course, you could also try meditation on its own.  There are many apps out there that can aid you in learning the discipline of meditation.  Meditation has been shown to strengthen the nerve pathways in the brain that are responsible for relaxation and well being.  It has many benefits, and you’ll often find doctors recommending this as a first line treatment for everything tension related such as depression all the way to backaches.

What have you done in your life to ensure that you remain stress free and happy?  Have you started any new activities or hobbies?