Being in a State of Flow

Willard Wigan micro sculpture
Willard Wigan micro sculpture: scissors suspended above the tip of a needle.

I first came across Willard Wigan’s micro sculptures in a TED Talk a few years ago. What struck me was that he spoke slowly, found a bridge between art and science and pursued his interest in micro sculptures with singular focus. Besides the similarities: I too speak slowly – it annoys some people, and I have a strong background in the sciences and technology being a late entrant into graphic design. There is also a significant difference. Willard found his passion young, I found mine later in life (mid forties). Finding my passion later in life presented me with numerous challenges. Meditation helped me during this transition.

Thus, I admire Willard Wigan MBE and his work greatly. In doing so I am reminded of the work of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi who has been studying what makes us happy and has found that happiness is being in a state of flow. Milhaly describes flow as “a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work.”

I can also see a connection between the state of flow and meditation. In both states we are intently focused, the monkey chatter is stilled. It is in this state that we create our world…

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

– Lao Tzu