Got a hint to read Steven Kotler's article, from my abstract coloristic painter colleague and friend Becky Fixter from Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Thank you Becky Fixter for sharing this article :
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
by Steven Kotler, 16 Feb 2016 Opinion in Observer
This was worth reading.
It is about LOVE and FLOW and TIME not existing.
Steven Kotler is the cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project, and a best-selling author. He seems to be in some kind of a rebellious movement to establish a new TEDtalk-like community of more & more human human. This is good always, of course. I guess. But as far as I am aware (of this), I had not heard of him or his endeavours before, nor read anything from him, and, as I really should be painting at the moment and not reading anything outside of my own self as this superhuman entity as I am and totally omnipotent - and also, to say it blunt, as I begun to see $$$ -marks on sites I was scrolling, it was way too exhausting to backtrack his steps surfing internet link by link starting from this What The Science Of Flow Can Teach Us About Limitless Performance then Your Brain Peforms Better When It Slows Down and Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think landing to this Voice & Exit | Festival of the future and finally quickly watching these well produced promo videos Voice & Exit - Criticize by Creating and Voice & Exit Conference 2015 Mastermind
....yes I know ...
at this point I immediately gave up searching his backgrounds more, and decided to once again rely totally on my own intuition and level of excitement when reading this article, study only that and after that to keep myself peacefully back again in my own zen L o v e flow haha : D
... err ... so ...to the point
I will here just take a quick look only at what he writes as his Opinion in Observer, which I liked, much, and share it as such. To put it here, as a reference, also, for myself, to remember an interesting source of knowledge in the future, and of several issues of interest to me. Okay. Enough of this. Let's begin.
In his recent article
in Observer's Opinion,
Steven Kotler shares
( Even that'd be enough for me to pass it on. )
In short, in flow, we tend to feel everything someone in love feels, except much more quickly. What takes a lover over four years to experience, a flower can get in an afternoon.
In the article Kotler describes the significant neurobiological similarities between love and flow and examines the connection between the feelings of falling in love and flow. In conversations, Kotler had discovered that many people equate the feeling of falling in love with the feeling of flow.
Both experiences are among the most incredible available to us, and both share that same sense of intense focus and incredible euphoria.
And, scientifically, this makes sense. ( ... ) Helen Fisher became the very first scientist to use high-powered brain imaging technologies to tease apart the nature of love. ( ... ) Fisher discovered that evolution shaped three different systems in the human brain to handle three stages of attraction: lust, romantic attraction, and attachment. Each of these systems is associated with different brain chemicals and different brain networks.
Forms of love ... hmmm ... while I am convinced there's more than just three stages, let's now follow (t)his line of inference ... : )
According to anthropologist Helen Fisher's discoveries :
is our sex drive, the desire to find almost any available partner. In both men and women generated primarily by the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen.
is about finding the right partner. Heightened levels of stimulants: adrenaline, norepinephrine and dopamine, and lower levels of serotonin. According to Fisher this stage of love is filled with “elation, heightened energy, obsessive thinking, focused attention and yearning.” Oh yes, I am so aware of this too - and that's mainly why I myself have not so eagerly made analogies between experiences of being in flow and experiences of falling in love.
is the supportive feeling of being united with a long-term partner. Pro-social bonding chemicals : endorphins, vasopressin and oxytocin. Endorphins calm down the pulse-pounding of early love into the stability and security of attachment.
Love also impacts brain activity, and in recent years, scientists have figured out which parts of the brain are active in these three stages of love. And even furthermore : the parts of the brain that become active with romantic love are quiet during loving-kindness meditation.
Now - this gets all the time more and more interesting to me.
Falling in love, being in love, loving, compassion, empathy, kindness, forms of accompany and creativity but keeping it simple ... added to meditative artistic practices, zen and being in flow.
Yale University psychiatrist and flow researcher Judson Brewer has - by using fMRI - examined the differences in brain activity between novice and expert meditators performing a loving-kindness meditation, and " found a way to tease apart the difference between romantic attraction and “compassionate love,” which is similar to Fisher’s attachment phase and best described by the word agape — or selfless love ", Steven Kotler writes.
And then what - in the end, what is the essential for me here ?
Yes, you guessed it, I am interested in the Nothing -aspect of this.
Steven Kotler finishes his article with these fine words :
Put differently, in flow, our sense of self vanishes (thanks to the deactivation of the parts of the brain that construct that sense of self). What Brewer discovered is that the self never vanishes during love’s romantic attachment phase, but it seems to disappear during the attachment phase. And, the more selfless that attachment becomes, the more this phase appears to mimic flow.
And isn’t this interesting — it’s means long love might be the ultimate flow hack.
Never mind his typo. Just pay attention to his content there.
Thank you thank you thank you. Beautiful.
Just what I needed to convince someone.
Read the whole Steven Kotler -article here.
Helen Fisher : The Brain in love
Helen Fisher : Why we love, why we cheat
TED Playlist : In the mood for love
TED Playlist : The weird science of love
Written and published by © 28.02.2016 21:40 Tiina Hölli
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