Quick Definition: The complete focus of the conscious and unconscious mind on a single activity.
Total immersion is to be completely immersed in something. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls this state “flow”. In perfect pick up scenarios, we experience this as artists. Oftentimes, we don’t remember specific details about the interaction, only the generally feeling.
Sometimes focusing on something is difficult, especially when we haven’t done it for a long time. The first 3 minutes are brutal as our attention is dragged way to other things. A million little other things. But, if you push through it, you will feel a sense of focus and peace that is unattainable before. Some simple tips for total immersion include:
- Changing your environment.
- Not checking Facebook status
- Try turning off your cell phone for a few days
In a way, this is true freedom and living in the present moment, instead of constantly listening to the “elephant brain” on insignificant details and adhering to them. We either make the thinking mind our slave, or are slaves to it. Random TV is not total immersion, and rots the brain with exception of a few well written shows.
Usage: Total immersion is the path to mastery.