#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  ExperienceMihaly  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.

I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoyed the discussion.

This podcast was recorded as a series of lectures given to people in 12 step addiction recovery treatment. The purpose of these talks was to teach and motivate individuals to search for their own spiritual solution to their addiction.

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