On another forum, a gardener posted this information on enjoyment and related it to her enjoyment of gardening. I found this to be very interesting and started thinking about it in terms of other activities I do that I enjoy.
For instance, when I am playing music with the boyz and learning a new song, these definitely apply. There is a challenge to learn the sequence of chords and words, while knowing that we have the skills to do it. The time flies by, the feedback is immediate (if you hit the wrong chord, you know it), and we feel a sense of control and pride. Working as a team to learn the song requires giving of and giving up of yourself, but you are aware of yourself as part of a whole. And it does create wonderful enjoyment of the music, the process and pride in accomplishment.
Does this apply to activities that you do, including gardening? What are they?
The Eight Components of Enjoyment
1. Confronting tasks that we have a chance of completing.
3. Concentration is possible because the task has clear goals.
4. Task provides immediate feedback.
5. A deep, effortless involvement removes from awareness the worries and frustrations of everyday life.
6. Enjoyable experiences allow one to exercise a sense of control over oneÂs actions.
7. Concern for self disappears, yet paradoxically the sense of self emerges stronger after the flow experience is over.
8. Sense of time is altered - hours pass by in minutes.