When you just can't today

The news is really getting to me.

It's overwhelming, scary and I didn't want to write anything today. Plus it's pouring here in SF.

Less-than-ideal conditions: this is when we push to keep going.

Creative flow is most needed right now. When anxiety strikes, it's almost impossible to look forward and stay plugged in to possibilities. Creative flow keeps you malleable, thinking, holding things lightly (vs. with clenched fists)

What is creative flow, exactly? A state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play, and work, theorized by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Here's a clear, comprehensive summary I found recently in my research:

Flow achieves "clear balance of the human brain's stable and flexible regimes. These states involve high generativity, productivity, flexible memory combination, and successful inhibition of intrusive habits or fixed ways of thinking, and they enable us to connect more clearly to drive action or perception.

— Robert Bilder, Geffen School of Medicine (Santa Fe Institute Working Group and NEA study "How Creativity Works in the Brain", July 2015, p.10)

How do you achieve this "clear balance"? Answer this first:

Do you ever get involved in something so deeply that nothing else seems to matter and you lose track of time?

Do that thing, and push through the "don't wannas" with me. It matters.