“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use, do the work you want to see done.” Austin Kleon
When we talk about Yoga, the language we use is one of practice. We practice yoga. We don’t complete it, we don’t nail it, we simply practice it. It is through the practice that we improve, we extend and we grow.
a philosophy, Vinyasa yoga recognizes the temporary nature of things.
We enter into a posture, we are there for a while and then we leave.
What matters is the flow. Unlike Bikram which offers 26
standard postures or Ashtanga which has the same sequence every time,
Vinyasa moves through different postures each time, seamlessly moving
energy forward using breath.
The Sanskrit word Vinyasa comes from a prefix “vi”, which means variation, and a suffix, “nyasa”, which means ‘within prescribed parameters.
within prescribed parameters flowing from one posture to the
next. . Sounds a lot like productive creativity doesn’t it?
| What if we thought about intellectual and creative productivity in
the same way? As a deliberately unfinished act. Why not practice the art
of creative productivity as an act?
No eye on the
endgame, no “results-orientated” business speak. Simply the act of
creative production — whether it be thinking new thoughts or writing new
ideas or building new conceptual frameworks. A focus on the practice of the act and a forgiveness for its necessary imperfections; which is why we call it practice. It is meant to be incomplete, what matters is that we are in flow.
do we build that into our lives? People tell us to “Go the extra mile,
there’s less traffic there”. Which is a fun way of encouraging us to
look at opportunity-focused action, but it still focuses on the
destination — which is the opportunity. What’s great about going the
extra mile is that we’re practicing creative productivity in a new realm
without fear of failure or fear of incompleteness. We’re allowing
ourselves to find flow outside of the day-to-day work pressure of
Provocation | When did you last have a sense of flow
in your thinking or writing or work? What were you focused on? What
were the circumstances and environment? If you attempted to recreate
those circumstances, what would you do? What does flow look like for