Losing yourself

I am sure you have all heard of the concept of losing yourself.  You can lose yourself in what you are doing or lose yourself in the moment. These are signs that you are fully engaged in the moment and perhaps in the flow state. So what exactly are you losing? This raises some interesting questions about the self. It is also a good opportunity to reflect on different states of consciousness.

If you have never heard of the flow state, it is often described as being fully immersed in what you are doing with complete focus and ease. For athletes, it is often referred to as being in the zone but it can be experienced by artists, scientists or anyone who gets lost in the activity that they are engaged in. There can be real benefits to this as you by-pass your conscious thinking mind and simply do what comes naturally because it has been practised or simply because it is intuitive. It is also a state lacking fear and resistance.

So if losing yourself in this way refers to stepping out of your thinking mind then perhaps it is more of a loss of ego. It is certainly a loss of the constraints of your mental construct. It is in this state that you have the best opportunity to fulfil your mental and physical potential. But would you want to be in this state all the time? Certainly not. The important thing to recognise is what state you are currently in and how to change your state as needed. If you know what triggers your flow state it can help you access it as needed. Other states are helpful for other situations.

What I hope you can take from this short blog is that you are more than your thoughts and the mental construct that makes up your personality.  It is also important to recognise that you can control your state which can radically change your current perspective, increase your productivity and help you achieve your potential more often. Finding a balance between the different states and learning when your state is working against you will help you live a better and happier life.

If you are interested in finding out more about the flow state I recommend the book called Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Or you can watch talks by Steven Kotler on YouTube.  Anthony Robbins also does a lot of work on changing your state. There is a lot of valuable information by these people online which you can quickly find with a Google search.