.The title of this post is borrowed from a section heading in Kip Redick's article, SpiritualRambling: Long Distance Wilderness Sojourning as Meaning-Making published in the Journal of Ritual Studies vol. 30 no.2 2016.
A passage of Redick's that I found presently relevant is,
"The first element of flow involves clarity of goals. Where the demands of everyday life may involve contradictions or unsure purposes, the person experiencing flow sees the end. Both a long distance hike on the AT [Appalachian Trail] and a walk to Santiago e Compostela involve long and short term goal setting, while a day hike only has the short term end...Accomplishing secondary goals each day give immediate feedback to the hiker's actions, the second element in flow. Whereas in everyday life feedback is less immediate, n the trail feedback happens in the moment of success or failure."
The first and second element of flow that Redick is referring to are defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his work Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention.