To be in flow , or in the zone , means to be fully immersed in an activity, e nergized and focused. In flow there is a heightened state of consciousness and a sense of timelessness, engagement and detachment. In flow there is a likelihood of enjoyment and optimal performance.
Whether engaged in eating a peach, watching a movie, making love, listening to a song or being mindfully aware, undistracted focus adds a powerful dimension of pleasure. Undistracted focus on an ache or pain, or on a disturbing thought, can intensify negative feelings or provide the space that is needed to avoid being caught up in the feeling. Mindful focused attention is liberating.