Find Your Flow State
Finding your flow state is something that we touch on fairly often here at Tenzo. But what is your flow state and how do you access it? Well, it’s different for everyone. If you’re a runner it might look something like that perfect mile where your brain and body are perfectly in sync, and each movement feels effortless. If you’re an artist, it might feel something like a focused inspiration that pulls your brush, pen, or stylus across the canvas with a creative purpose. Everyone’s flow state is different because everyone is different. Your flow state can be described as a tranquil but focused mind, free of distractions and full of a serene purpose.
Many, many, many moons ago, monks in ancient Japanese monasteries would meditate for days on end in search of Enlightenment. But that much meditation, even for the most practiced and experienced monks, is challenging. And so, to access their flow state and make reaching Enlightenment a little bit easier, they employed the help of matcha. Although matcha is used as an energy source for many, what you should really think of it as is fuel, fuel for your body and brain. Thanks to special antioxidant properties, the way that matcha interacts with your body is much, much different than other caffeine sources. This difference is why when you drink coffee you get the jitters, and when you drink matcha, you get the job done. Because with the perfect balance of calm and purpose, you’re ready to take on just about anything. Matcha is the fuel to find your flow state.
FROM THE DESK OF: Luke Gledhill, founder of the Twenty-First Club and co-founder of the Grand Running Club
It’s a morning ritual, waking up then making matcha with Tenzo for my wife & I.
The first thing in the morning is usually when I’m in a good creative flow, and the matcha definitely helps facilitate that.
I also find when I drink a morning matcha before i go for a run, it helps to open up my subconscious mind because during the run I’ll be downloading answers or ideas to things that I’m currently working on either for a client project or creatively for a personal project.
And a late afternoon matcha definitely helps my mind and body to calm, recover and focus on whatever I might be working on.
In an average week, I would typically run around four times with the mileage varying and could be working on several client projects at a time. I believe that matcha helps my mindset with the motivation & consistency with running and in the creative process with my brand communications agency.
Of course, on Saturdays after our Grand Running Club, a post-run matcha always tastes better!
Just as Luke has found his flow state with matcha, so can you. The focused calm that matcha gives you is truly unmatched, and it’s one of the things that makes matcha so special. You can find Luke putting his flow state to good use on justuptheroad.net, or join him and a whole community of runners on the Grand Running Club Instagram. But even if you’re not a runner, or an artist, finding your flow state will help you tackle your days with ease. And everyone from teachers, to doctors, to content creators, can benefit from what matcha has to offer. The only way you’ll know for sure is to give matcha a try, but hopefully, just like Luke, you’ll give matcha a go and find what it means to be in your own flow state.