24x30", acrylic on canvas
when you’re out there – one rotation into the next, the wind rushing past your ears, the ground running under you, no walls or motors or computers or distractions but air and space around you…when you feel like you’re observing but belong - there is no explanation required anymore for doing what you’re doing.
a friend explained to me one day the concept of "flow”. it’s about being so absorbed in the present that time and negative emotions somehow evaporate and there is an exhilarating feeling of transcendence. it’s a mindfulness that occurs when the challenge of activity matches skill level. Csikszentmihalyi wrote in 1990 that when flow is achieved, “...typically people feel strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious and at the peak of their abilities.”