Flow is an optimal state of consciousness where we feel great and perform our greatest. They occur when we are in the zone, experience runner’s high, and our sense of “self vanishes, time slows down, and action and awareness merge” Sound familiar? It’s the way of wei wu wei.
In flow, a phenomenon called transient hypofrontality occurs where parts of the prefrontal cortex quiet down and the subconscious mind becomes the information processor. Additionally, a waterfall of potent chemicals —norepinephrine, dopamine, nitric oxide, endorphins, anandamide, and serotonin—flood the system to create a blissful euphoria, a high like no other on the planet.