Maybe it’s the fact that Brexit seems never ending, or the feeling that it’s the biggest sideshow of them all, pushing real issues to one side, that prompted the Hay festival to change its strap line from “Imagine The World” to “Imagine Other worlds”. This expansiveness was reflected in its growth, with talks or shows (James Acaster, Laura Mvula et al) going on 3 or 4 hours later than last year.
I’ve always enjoyed cooking but over the last few years I’ve spent more time on it and now even my fellow diners enjoy the results! I was wondering to Tim as to why I enjoyed it and he, no mean chef himself, pointed out that it’s a mindful activity. I do feel present when I’m doing it, I have no time to think about anything else and of course the tastes and smells use more of my senses than any negotiation or business plan ever did. It fits the definition of Flow (see p 128): It requires skill and has a clear set of rules (wrong time or temperature and it’s ruined); I have skills sufficient to be confident but not finding it too easy; I have to focus hard so there is no room for anything else; and I get clear and immediate feedback.