Welcome to week 3! Time is moving swiftly. What better way to flow through mid-summer than to look at the experience of the flow state in contemplative and creative practice?
Some of you may know the work of psychologist and writer Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I recommend his books Creativity, Flow and Finding Flow. Google some of his public talks online. He's an engaging speaker and thinker.
In the e-book, (available when we finish the week-to-week lessons and which will be chock full of extension activities), you'll have access to additional activities and readings from Cszikszentmihalyi.
But this week, instead of a training video, we have an interview with Fred Korthagen, a Dutch Professor and coach with expertise in guiding clients and students to embrace their full-potential through identification of their core strengths and ways in which their inner belief systems might impede people from allowing their inner potential to flow into the world.
In my interview with Fred, (Part 1 is available as part of the Modern Muses series here), Fred nearly induces my own "flow" state when I talk about why I make art. The "why" behind my own creative practice is not something I've been trained to feel and embody at a core level. It's one of the reasons I created this course.
But since this interview is long - roughly 90 minutes - I'm going to keep content today at a minimum.
Simply listen to the interview. Later in the week, I'll follow up with a meditation practice related to flow.
But as a start, begin to ask what experiences and feelings bring you the most joy. Where have you been successful in your life? Are there activities where you experience a grace, ease and joy unlike any other? Can you see where you can build on your strengths?
Stay tuned for follow-up emails this week. We need to start speaking with partners and as a group in order to truly engage with these kinds of questions.
1. Before listening to the interview, you might like to view this slide show that reviews some of the key concepts from the last two weeks.