ACT and Flow


Q:  Where can I find flow?

A:  In the present moment

A lot is written about “Flow“, but what exactly is it?  Well in this instance I am not talking about flow in the usual sense of “going with the flow”, although “going with the flow” could be said to be one of the principal tenets of ACT.

In this instance I am talking about another aspect of flow.  In Positive Psychology flow, also known as the zone, is

“The mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.  In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.  Achieving flow is often colloquially referred to as being in the zone.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

One of the great things about flow is that it gives us an opportunity to experience that aspect of ourselves in which everything is in harmony.  In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channelled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.

For those of us who have problems with emotions what a wonderful thing to be able to do.  To find and then lose ourselves in an activity in which everything, including our emotions, are in harmony.

Where can we find this experience?  Where can we find this flow?  Only in the present moment.

I wrote “FLOW” to remind me of that.


  • Have you found activities that trigger the feeling of flow?
  • What sort of things do you lose yourself in?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.






If a heart is full of fervour and a glint is in the eye,

And the words are spilling out without us even having to try,

Then that’s a sign for those amongst us who’re already in the know

That the fire in the belly is a sign we’re in the flow.

It’s a gift beyond all measure, it surpasses any things,

If you’ve been there in the flow you know exactly what flow brings,

It is the time that’s become timeless, it’s the being quite at ease,

It is the feeling that you get just like a bird upon the breeze.

Oh yes, a heart that’s full of fervour is a lovely thing indeed,

It lends a lustre to the spirit and sends spirit to the deed

And of a sudden we’re in action, and it’s easy come and go,

For that’s the prize that is on offer when we’re caught up in the flow.

And so let’s find a bit of fire, let us winkle fervour out,

And let’s allow ourselves to know what flow is really all about,

And let’s not make ourselves a stranger to the fire that lies within

For it waits only for a spark so that our own flow can begin.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “FLOW” please pass it on, and do leave your comments.  I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

If you want to find out more about Flow, then Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book is the classic.

It is a great read.

From an ACT perspective the idea of Flow also sits easily.  ACT puts much emphasis on the power of the present moment, the only moment where we can live our life, the only moment where we can experience the feeling of flow.

ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

Just-for-today-Im-going flow

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes


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Corinne Shields

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, erstwhile teacher for thirty plus years, and permanent student. I have long been interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoy writing inspirational poetry. Hence the publication of this blog at ACT Made I play golf badly, piano a little better and I love reading, writing, and all things French. I divide my time between Wales and France and enjoy travelling with my husband, Len and my dog Charlie.

4 thoughts on “ACT and Flow”

  1. I have just come back from my ‘flow’ and have had the biggest belly laugh for a long time. This involved woggles and a pool full of elderly ladies!! Belly laughs are also very good for you but I get it – the flow! I don’t know how you write all this poetry -respect and lots of love xxx


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