There’s a phrase in West Africa called ‘deep talk.’ When a person is informed about a situation, an older person will often use a parable, an axiom, and then add to the end of the axiom, ‘Take that as deep talk.’ Meaning that you will never find the answer. You can continue to go down deeper and deeper. Dreams may be deep talk…..Maya Angelou
this not knowing is actually a deep sign of spiritual presence…..of an awakening to awareness…..our refuge is in the not knowing…..we don’t have to do it alone…..contacting that space of embodied connection allows us to be held….kindness is the only true unfolding…..
When depth is lived experience, depth cues also include parallax, a sensation that occurs when the perceiver moves. According to Gregory Bateson, parallax is ‘the appearance of movement in observed objects, which is created when the observer’s eye moves relative to them.’ But in addition to describing the perception of relative movement, parallax is a sensation within the whole body. It is seeing and absorbing the relationship between nearby willows passing by my body very quickly, the distant cottonwoods shifting through my sensory field more slowly, and the more distant red peak of rock passing by even more slowly. The embodied experience of parallax is volume. There is space, a full space, between these willows and those cottonwoods. By gazing with a little attention, the perceived volume is easily felt in the body, as if the spaces between the trees and rocks echo in the cavity of belly, inside and descending, moving as I move. The message is clear: I am in it- and it is both depth and flow. I am inside what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls the best of human experiences……Laura Sewall
What is the relationship between flow and happiness? This is a very interesting and delicate question. At first, it is easy to conclude that the two must be the same thing. But actually the connection is a bit more complex. First of all, when we are in flow, we do not usually feel happy- for the simple reason that in flow we feel only what is relevant to the activity. Happiness is a distraction. So the link between the flow and happiness depends on whether the flow-producing activity is complex, whether it leads to new challenges and hence to personal as well as cultural growth……….Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi