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October 2019

October's Theme is Flow

It’s no secret that our modern-day world is full of distractions: Glowing screens. Notifications. 24-hour news cycles. At times, it can feel exhausting to try and get things done with all the bells and whistles competing for your attention.

In his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, psychologist and researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi theorizes that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow. Flow is the experience of completely immersing yourself in a singular pursuit and effectively applying your skills to it.

When you’re in flow, your awareness of time momentarily dissolves. You’re in a temporary, but energizing state that helps you make progress with the task in front of you. So, how can you rise above the noise and get into flow?

First, quiet your mind and take a deep breath. Then, pick one task (yes, just one) and set clear goals for it. Move or put away any distractions around you. Lastly, take your first action. Whether it’s writing your first sentence, drawing your first stroke, or playing your first note — dive in.

Activate your flow and let it carry you where you need to go.

Our Mexico City chapter chose this month’s exploration of Flow and David Espinosa a.k.a El Dee illustrated the theme.

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The hashtags of the month are #CMflow | #creativemornings
Meet the Illustrator

David Espinosa, a.k.a El Dee, is a versatile Mexican illustrator. He's worked on projects ranging from streetwear brands to editorial projects. Read his interview!


Listen to the Playlist

Every month, DJ Jim Q curates playlists related to our monthly themes. If you have Spotify, listen to the Flow Music Playlist.

Editor's note:

In last month's Muse announcement, we originally misattributed a quote to Frida Kahlo. Our community has since brought to our attention that these words belong to the artist Oroma Elewa. The quote has been widely misattributed as Frida’s and we want to do our part to correct the narrative and redistribute their accreditation to Oroma. You can see the revised text here
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