“Happiness is absorption.”

Another lovely video from Jason Silva, this one about creative absorption and flow:

Love the intro quotation:

“Happiness is absorption.” -T.E. Lawrence

Getting lost in a video game or a movie or a novel is delightful, but getting lost in creative imaginings and work that compels and pulls you along to the point where all else falls away, where time is compressed, that’s transcendent. And blissful.

It’s easy to assume you’ve got to wait for those moments of flow to somehow strike. But my experience is that you’ve got to do your part to meet flow along the path.

Just start, even if you’re not feeling it, especially if you’re not feeling it. Tackle the blank page with words, even awkward, awful ones.

Terrible is better than nothing, and opening the door of possibility just a bit can be enough to get something better flowing.

One thought on ““Happiness is absorption.”

  1. […] This seems true for many of my happiest moments. The chatty part of my brain, the happiness-killing part prone to near constant monologuing, disappears when I’m in a zone, whether that’s work or play or reading or watching a movie or riding a roller coaster. Happiness is absorption. […]

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