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Quotes About Flow

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Alan W. Watts
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Alan W. Watts

Rainer Maria Rilke
“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Richard Rohr
“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”
Richard Rohr

Hermann Hesse
“The river is everywhere.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Kristin Cashore
“Katsa watched the long grass moving around them. The wind pushed it, attacked it, struck it in one place and then another. It rose and fell and rose again. It flowed, like water.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

“If you have a good idea, use it so that you will not only accomplish something, but so that you can make room for new ones to flow into you.”
Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person's capacity to act.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“The task is to learn how to enjoy everyday life without diminishing other people's chances to enjoy theirs.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p70

Cassandra Clare
“Fire wants to burn
Water wants to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos wants to devour
Cal wants to live”
Cassandra Clare, The Iron Trial

Julia Cameron
“Basic Principles:

1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.

2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life -- including ourselves.

3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator's creativity within us and our lives.

4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.

5. Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.

6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.

7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.

8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.

9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.

10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.”
Julia Cameron

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we
make happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last blockon a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage. For each person there are thousands of opportunities, challenges to expand ourselves.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Ariel Gore
“When we strike a balance between the challenge of an activity and our skill at performing it, when the rhythm of the work itself feels in sync with our pulse, when we know that what we're doing matters, we can get totally absorbed in our task. That is happiness.

The life coach Martha Beck asks new potential clients, "Is there anything you do regularly that makes you forget what time it is?"

That forgetting -- that pure absorption -- is what the psychologist Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi calls "flow" or optimal experience. In an interview with Wired magazine, he described flow as "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."

In a typical day that teeters between anxiety and boredom, flow experiences are those flashes of intense living -- bright against the dull. These optimal experiences can happen when we're engaged in work paid and unpaid, in sports, in music, in art.

The researchers Maria Allison and Margaret Duncan have studied the role of flow in women's lives and looked at factors that contributed to what they call "antiflow." Antiflow was associated with repetitive household tasks, repetitive tasks at work, unchallenging tasks, and work we see as meaningless. But there's an element of chaos when it comes to flow. Even if we're doing meaningful and challenging work, that sense of total absoprtion can elude us. We might get completely and beautifully lost in something today, and, try as we might to re-create the same conditions tomorrow, our task might jsut feel like, well, work.

In A Life of One's Own, Marion Milner described her effort to re-create teh conditions of her own recorded moments of happiness, saying, "Often when I felt certain that I had discovered the little mental act which produced the change I walked on air, exulting that I had found the key to my garden of delight and could slip through the door whenever I wished. But most often when I came again the place seemed different, the door overgrown with thorns and my key stuck in the lock. It was as if the first time I had said 'abracadabra' the door had opened, but the next time I must use a different word. (123-124).”
Ariel Gore, Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“Pain and pleasure occur in consciousness and exist only there”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p-19

T.F. Hodge
“During moments of strife and 'dis-ease', check your flow and redirect your focus to that which is naturally good.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“But it is impossible to enjoy a tennis game, a book, or a conversation unless attention is fully concentrated on the activity.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p46

Doug Wilhelm
“The flow. Yeah. Knowing you could step on the court and make it happen. You practiced, sure. But then, when you walked out there, you could just go. You could flow, that was it: you created and you didn't totally know how. You just knew you could, so you did. It wasn't thinking and it wasn't imitating somebody else's moves, though you always looked carefully when you watched good players play. But when you played... it was something you couldn't explain. Neal used to know. It didn't come from thinking about it.”
Doug Wilhelm, Falling

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“The essence of socialization is to make people dependent on social controls, to have them respond predictably to rewards and punishments.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p-17

C.S. Lewis
“Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.”
C.S. Lewis

Philip K. Dick
“Because her general taste appalled him, it annoyed him that he himself constituted one of her favorites. It was an anomaly which he had never been able to take apart.”
Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“...they make us dependent on a social system that exploits our energies for its own purposes. ...If a person learns to enjoy and find meaning in the ongoing stream of experience, in the process of living itself, the burden of social controls automatically falls from one's shoulders.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p-19

Silvia Hartmann
“Nothing that is good can become stuck – and if it is stuck, it can’t be any good!”
Silvia Hartmann

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“But anyone who has experienced flow knows that the deep enjoyment it provieds requires an equal degree of disciplined concentration.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p41

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“The names we use to describe personality traits - such as extrovert, high achiever, or paranoid - refer to the specific patterns people have used to structure their attantion. At the same party, the extrovert will seek out and enjoy interactions with others, the high achiever will look for useful business conacts, and the paranoid will be on guard for signs of danger he must avoid. Attention can be invested in innumerable ways, ways that can make life eihther rich or miserable.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p33

“As your faith is strengthened, you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will and that you will flow with them to your great delight and benefit.”
Emmanuel Teney
tags: faith, flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“...the concentration is usually possible because the task undertaken has clear goals and provides immediate feedback.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p49

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“The last great attempt to free consciousness from the domination of impulses and social controls was psychoanalysis; as Freud pointed out, the two tyrants that fought for control over the mind were the id and the superago, the first a servant of a genes, the second a lackey of society - both representing the "Other".”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p-20

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“...what the social environment told them to want...”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p35

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“We are always getting to live, as Ralph Waldo Emerson used to say, but never living. Or as poor Frances learned in the children's story, it is always bread and jam tomorrow, never brad and jam today.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p-16

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“But religions are only temporarily successful attempts to cope with the lack of meaning in life; they are not permanent answers.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p-14

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“Wealth, status, and power have become in our culture all too powerful symbols of happiness. ... And we assume that if only we could acquire some of those same symbols, we would be nuch happier.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
tags: flow, p44

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