Tobias in Zion National Park

Flow needs Structure

January 19, 20241 min read

Flow needs Structure

A river flows within the boundaries of it's banks. Without the banks the water would spread out. Momentum would become static.

Banks contain the water of the river. Through this containment they give the flowing water direction. With this direction comes power - the power to cut deep into rock or to mill grain.

The same applies if we want to experience more flow in our lives. The Hedonic Calendaring I mentioned in the previous post is such a structure to deliberately plan in flow activities. Similar to the water of the river these habits over time engrain into our lives and we experience more flow by default.

It's a fun paradox. I'm noticing the more I structure my life, the more I feel flow. The benefit of structures, like consistent bed, wakeup and meal times, is that my nervous system relaxes. This relaxed awareness is the prerequisite to enter these wonderful experiences of effortless creation, losing track of time and intuitive, rapid and high-quality decision making. Deeply nourishing and enjoyable.

Blurry action shot from hiking The Narrows in Zion National Park back in 2011. Sooo fun!

Bio-inspired renewable energy engineer | Design Thinker and bio-feedback enthusiast for flow, self-actualisation and peak experiences

Tobias Hofmeister

Bio-inspired renewable energy engineer | Design Thinker and bio-feedback enthusiast for flow, self-actualisation and peak experiences

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I am a certified HRV and peak experience coach. I use bio-feedback technology, in particular heart rate variability (HRV), to enable people to find their flow states, regain health and live peak experience lives. A background in sustainable energy engineering coupled with a passion for spiritual modalities and energy in a broader context has led me to an approach that merges cognitive understanding with embodied experiences. I practices Buddhism and have presented my research globally, among others at MIT in Boston and the DRS conference on Future-focussed thinking.

When I look at the world I see unique connections between people, places and ideas. To me the world is an interconnected, holistic system - the oneness of self and environment.

Over the years and have met thousands of people in heart to heart dialogues when travelling over 50 countries, earning degrees from four universities, publishing a dozen academic papers, presenting my research at international conferences and working for world leading sustainability and digital research organisations.

I have been a contributor to House of Beautiful Business, Mindvalley, Evercoach and other initiatives cultivating new ways of working, fostering entrepreneurial mindsets and creating work cultures and environments that celebrate the whole human being. I view business as a vehicle for self-actualisation and believe that when done from a place of love and compassion that it holds the potential for healing our world.

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