Monday, March 13, 2017

Creativity in the Now: Rumi, Csikszentmihalyi, and Living a Life of Flow

"Every moment the sun is totally empty, totally full."
---Rumi, 13th century Persian poet
Today, let me be emptied of all that would hold me back from being the best self I can possibly be. What Hungarian psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, calls the "flow state" --- and which is at the root of all creativity --- is characterized by a virtual absence of self-consciousness. And what the ancient Greeks called "pleroma," or "fullness," also goes hand-in-hand, paradoxically, with such self-emptied states of flow. May all of this be our aim today..."totally empty, totally full."