The book I'm reading these days is called ...
Process from application to course commencement.
That is, the flow.
They are only in the third chapter, but some important discoveries presented in this book have already emerged.
Anyway, in the meantime here's what I can tell you ...
It is counterintuitive (and truth often presents itself in this way), that is it is the opposite of what we would be inclined to think ...
Sometimes it seems that we humans are as programmed to failure in various areas of life, because life works in the opposite way compared to our natural propensities.
Almost all of us - more or less consciously - are inclined to believe that happiness and fulfillment can come to us from a life that finally presents itself free of friction, without problems, smooth as oil ... right?
Is not our secret dream that at a certain point, in the near future not too far away, we will get to fix all the pieces of our life, including avoiding breakages and problems of various kinds?
The ideal is represented by the hammock, from being able to relax, from a bit of healthy fun and from letting life flow without pretensions.
But who knows if this would actually happen ...
I wonder if this "peace" without hassles or challenges or problems would really be the promoter of our deepest sense of fulfillment and well-being ...
In fact it seems exactly the opposite (the principle is counterintuitive).
HOW THE FLOW DETERMINES OUR HAPPINESS
The principle that emerges from the numerous researches of the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shows that our sense of satisfaction, fulfillment and ultimately our happiness is generated by the process that leads us to overcome all obstacles (problems, hassles, etc.) to reach some ends that really interest us.
In this equation the result must be measurable.
If you are suffering because of the "X" problem, and your goal is therefore the elimination of the "X" problem, this is certainly measurable, so the fact of putting all of yourself to overcome it by facing challenges and difficulties will make you to definitely happier end.
And this achievement of happiness is not only due to having eliminated a problem that tormented you, but also to the process of combat inner and outer to reach your goal.
It is an attitude associated with courage.
Life calls us to courage.
As the wise Nisargadatta says ...
"I don't need certainties, I live in courage. Courage is my essence, which is love for life".
Life calls us to action, to which we must often associate a certain courage to overcome the initial inertia that we would like to keep clinging to what is now familiar to us (even if more or less obviously it damages us).
ACTION AND NON-ACTION
But also the action must be controlled, or rather balanced.
A "Milanese" life driven to exasperated action without ever stopping is not good.
Remember the words of Lao Tze ...
"The no action it is the most powerful action ".
Lao Tse's non-action is represented by two elements:
- the stasis of contemplation (simple non-judgmental observation)
- detached action and devoid of selfish involvement.
But now let's get back to the flow ...
Following the principle of flow you will be happier, being happy you will have more energy and safety to face new challenges, thus becoming even happier and more confident about your ability to cope with any situation.
It is a virtuous circle.
If instead you decide to postpone your great challenge of life (whatever it is at this moment) because you prefer to avoid great efforts and great slamming, this will block you in a state of unhappiness.
THE FLOW IN ACTION WHILE WORKING
The principle of flow is not only about overcoming problems, but also the experience of process creative and professional production.
An activity of artistic or artisan creation, as well as a professional activity of any kind with a specific and well-defined objective, lead to gain satisfaction and fulfillment se (and only if) a certain is also required psychic and / or physical effort to reach it.
If it were as easy as a walk, the trick would not work. As a result theamaca it's not really a smart goal in life.
Wherever there is a challenging goal with difficulties to achieve it hides a means to conquer a bit of extra happiness.
Great skill lies in finding a equilibrium between contemplative activity and non-activity.
Put the principles of Flow to the test and put all your strength into it, face the difficulties and emerge from the other side stronger and happier! 🙂
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