Circus Arts

Flow

Treeman is part of a subculture who achieve flow states through the circus arts, flow arts. athletics, music, fire performance, meditation, human interaction and more. The neuroscience of flow is used by many as a mental health alternative to meds and a way to access optimal human experience. Children who grow up with smart phones in their hands are developing differently. Finding flow through circus arts and other forms of movement is one way to stave off depression, anxiety and other side effects from screen time.

Circus Arts

Flow

Treeman is part of a subculture who achieve flow states through the circus arts, flow arts, athletics, music, fire performance, meditation, human interaction and more. The neuroscience of flow is used by many as a mental health alternative to meds and a way to access optimal human experience. Children who grow up with smart phones in their hands are developing differently. Finding flow through circus arts and other forms of movement is one way to stave off depression, anxiety and other side effects from screen time. 

TREEMAN EXPLORING FLOW

Treeman finds flow interacting with the public sharing his stories about nature

and through his circus arts practice of stilt walking, hooping and fire spinning.

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KIDS, CIRCUS ARTS AND FLOW

The infamous Tommy The Clown teaches kids to find flow through acrobatic dance while helping to end street violence. Check out the documentary Rize to learn more.

 Look for Treeman and the Tommy the Clown posse each year at the Martin Luther King Jr Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles.

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HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL HEALTH AND FLOW THERAPY

Daniel pictured above is living outdoors struggling with mental health issues. The more we study homelessness and speak with people living on the streets, the more we see a correlation between mental health and homelessness. Affordable housing, economy, politics and other causes are all important, but homelessness can often result from depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, alcoholism and other psychological factors. This begs the question “what are some basic ways to maintain mental health and well-being despite the stressors that surround us?”

In A DocumenTree we discover that Treeman finds peace through his interactions with the public from high atop his stilts in a complete state of flow. Being in flow is total immersion in an activity, like an athlete “in the zone”. It is a respite from the stress and anxiety of the modern world where we are so often tethered to our digital devices. Not surprisingly, after speaking with Daniel, we discover that he finds solace practicing flow and it has helped him to become less dependent on his psychiatric medication. We explore finding flow through circus arts and other methods in A DocumenTree, how to bring flow to those in need, including people experiencing homelessness.

 

Homelessness Mental Health and Beleaflets

Homelessness Mental Health and Beleaflets

LEARN MORE ABOUT FLOW

To learn more about flow explore the Flow Arts Institute, Flow Genome Project, literature by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Steven Kotler, plus there is a wide variety of press on the topic, for example this article by the BBC “How to Find Your Flow State to be Peak Creative”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A documentary by Michael Angelo

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