It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channelled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.
To be caught in the ennui of depression or the agitation of anxiety is to be barred from flow. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity– not even oneself or one's emotions. Buzz terms for this or similar mental states include: to be in the moment, present, in the zone, on a roll, wired in, in the groove, on fire, in tune, centred, or singularly focused.
The Flow arts are both a sport and a leisure activity, a new way to dance, explore and interact with the physical world, a movement meditation practice, a fun and creative outlet, and a serious technical pursuit of mastery. For many artists it is a way to achieve the mind-state known as ‘flow’.
“Flow Arts” Has become the term used when describing the emerging movement-based art forms that integrate dance and creative exploration of movement with skill-based prop manipulation. The arts draw from a multitude of ancient and modern movement disciplines that ranges from Taichi and Maori poi spinning, to martial arts and juggling, to circus arts, hula hooping and modern fire dancing.