#33 Flow, finding space
#33 Flow, finding space
“The last great attempt to free consciousness from the dominion of the impulses and social controls, was psychoanalysis; as Freud pointed out, the two tyrants who fought each other for control of the mind were the Id and the Superego, the first a servant of the genes, the second a lackey of society – both representing the “Other”. Opposing them was the Ego, which stood for the genuine needs of the self connected to its concrete environment” – Flow : The Psychology of Happiness” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
What must i do?
The process of recovery is a lifelong commitment. There will be times where we will feel overwhelmed by our circumstances. Sometimes these challenges will come from within ourselves. How do we get ourselves to a place, mentally, where we are able to push through and overcome the challenges with which we are faced. How do we manage mental and emotional fatigue ? Merely using positive self-talk is not going to be sufficient – we have to know that we can get through. We have to build mental strength. How do athletes build this mental strength ? How have people with multiple years of clean or sober time managed successfully ?
“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.” Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
“If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.” Finding Flow : The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
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