As sweet as it sounds, all the mindfulness and meditation we can muster will take us only so far sitting on our butts. While Patanjali whispers in one ear for us to embrace the present moment in stillness, we’ve got Krishna in the other telling us to get up and make a move.
Abraham Maslow’s pioneering work on peak experiences looked into the lives of ordinary people engaging with the day-to-day world. He found common characteristics, including many things that may ring a bell to an experienced meditator: a dilation fo time, a vividness of perception, and the sense of self falling away to reveal an underlying unified awareness. Moreover, he found these are normal and essential human moments, found in the lives of everyday people just as much as religious believers ad spiritual seekers- sometimes even more so. Maslow’s work took the foundations of a mystical moment out of the hands of religion and offered it to everyone.
I imagine that if Krishna ever met Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, he would probably kiss him square on the face. Csikszentmihalyi and his colleagues scrutinized neurosurgeons, champion chess players, Japanese motorcycle gangs, Detroit steelworkers, and just about everyone in between to uncover a universal quality of experience underlying moments when we are feeling our best while doing our best. He called this underlying experience flow.
when I feel like each flow of breath and movement leads to home….
inquiry for today~ who is the one creating your wonderful life?
A self is made, not given. It is a creative and active process of attending a life that must be heard, shaped, seen, said aloud into the world.