Venting doesn’t work. Hitting a punching bag, while thinking about the person who made you angry, increases aggression. It’s better to do nothing than vent. Catharsis doesn’t work. (Brad Bushman Ph.D.) Aggressive behavior increases aggression. Joys of frustration: Frustration is normal and healthy when there’s a gap between what is and what should be. If you’re […]
Originally posted on Free From Codependency: Codependents love to give. It is what they do, continually. As I have mentioned in previous posts, this giving comes with an element of return… giving for codependents means having control and they try to keep that status quo. However, despite these attempts, it sometimes goes wrong and a…
We need to Accept w Wisdom, Change w Courage, and FLOW around lives challenges!
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the former head of
psychology at the University of Chicago.
Noted for his work in happiness and creativity –
Csikszentmihalyi is best known as the architect
of the notion of flow.
What is flow?
According to experts, “Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus,
full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”
Athletes call it “The Zone.”
According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It’s a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing
emotions in the service of performing and learning.
In flow the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.
The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task.
Can you start thinking of ways being in “Flow” could help you in particular areas of your life?
Csikszentmihalyi identified these 9 factors that accompany the “Flow” experience:
1- Clear goals (expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one’s skill set and abilities). Moreover, the challenge level and skill level should both be high.
2- Concentrating, a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and
to delve deeply into it).
3- A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness.
4- Distorted sense of time, one’s subjective experience of time is altered.
5- Direct and immediate feedback (successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so that behavior can be adjusted as needed).
6- Balance between ability level and challenge (the activity is neither too easy nor too difficult).
7- A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.
8- The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action.
9- People become absorbed in their activity, and focus of awareness is narrowed down to the activity itself, action awareness merging.
Sounds like a lot to consciously focus on, doesn’t it? But in true FLOW it just happens!
The view of our ranch http://www.theretreatatzion.com from the plane although beautiful was also looking like a long way down. My beautiful daughter Emily had chosen Sky Diving as a present for her 19th birthday and dad was along for the flight, fall , and float experience. I quickly and instinctively chose deep breathing as a […]
And a happy Monday to all! We had an astonishingly large attendance at this morning’s meeting, I stopped counting at 18, though I’m relatively certain one or two more came in later. Today’s reading selection came from Forming True Partnerships: How AA members use the program to improve relationships. The essay came from the chapter […]
Creative or Expressive Therapy Expressive therapy, also known as the expressive therapies, expressive arts therapy or creative arts therapy, is the use of the creative arts as a form of therapy. Unlike traditional art expression, the process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product. Expressive therapy is predicated on the assumption that people […]
Each person’s peace and happiness, both now and long term, may depend largely on his or her responses to the trials of life.
Adversity and trials come from different sources. (1)Trials may come as a result or consequence of a person’s own decisions and actions. These trials can be avoided through learning from mistakes and taking the right actions. (2)Other trials are simply a natural part of life and are not a result of any poor decisions and in fact may come at times when people are doing their best. For example, people may experience trials in times of sickness, uncertainty, or from the deaths of loved ones. (3)Adversity may sometimes come because of others’ poor choices, hurtful words, and actions.
How we face adversity will determine the long term outcome of such trials. When we ask questions like “Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I…
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