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Barefoot hiking: A gateway to flow state

Flow state (aka "the zone") is a mental state of hyperfocus where one is fully immersed in the task at hand and is typically accompanied by an energetic and enjoyable mood. Not thinking of things you need to get done later, what you're eating for your next meal - nothing but the present moment. With so much sensory noise in the modern world (handheld technology being a big one), a state of flow is something most humans rarely encounter.      In trying to engineer my environment to produce a state of flow, I discovered barefoot hiking (among other things like float therapy, cold therapy or yoga) as an activity that guides me into a state of complete immersion by experiencing...

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