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Metapatterns can typically be found through any facet of the world. Environment, social justice, engineering, and even ecology of mind can provide substantial inquiry as to how everything correlates and co-exists. A pattern that is existent and is relevant in every area; flow. Flow, as defined in positive psychology is, “the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does” (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi). It is an intricate idea that can truly be related to anything.
Flow can be found across the board and interacts in some way with every pattern and system. For example, reflecting upon ecology of the mind and nature, one can find many connections. Some of which including the way the body flows though intricate movements in yoga, football, and even dance. This can be mirrored within metapatterns through arrows, layers, and even cycles. In addition, flow is prevalent within engineering and technology. Specifically, this can include the internet, engines, and even architecture. These are all prime examples of essential elements working together much like cycles, centers, and even triggers towards a common goal that create flow within the mechanism.
Finally, one of the most important aspects flow can be found in is environment. This includes a multitude of facets, some of which; rivers, clouds, light, seasons, astronomy, waves sea and land creatures, and plants. On an individual level, all of these elements work in their own way to be sustainable. On a more widespread level, each and every solitary aspect comes together to work as one to, in essence, allow the universe together. This is the utmost prime example of the importance and prevalence of flow.
Flow is such a diverse and widespread concept, therefore, it can be used within a classroom to teach and reinforce most any subject matter. For example, if one is working with mathematics, the teacher can draw from the flow of architecture and engineering systems. They can also integrate fine arts through yoga and dance and demonstrate how the entire body can flow in such a way that can create fluid, precise movements. Also, one can incorporate language arts imbedded in any element, specifically in nature. This can be preformed through a multitude of ways such as keeping a log of the ever changing environment around them, observations found on a nature hike, or even research projects on rivers or the solar system.
Overall, flow is a very complex idea that can truly intrigue and engage any student. Once the mind begins to become open to such concepts and abstract thinking, the possibilities of learning for both student and teacher are endless.

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