The Bookshelf is my gift to you. On Instagram, every first of the month, I share with you a book that reminds you how to look, gets you in touch with your creativity. These are not just books for artists, nor people who love art. They are books for people that want to learn to look, whether it's at veggies in the grocery store, or other people's body language. They are books that give you the permission to enjoy the mystery, embrace the curiosity and dive in deep. It is in this mystery that the best ideas come about. With that being said, book nine on The Bookshelf is..
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
"Instead of making art we go to admire paintings that brought in the highest bids at
the latest auction. This vicarious participation is able to mask the underlying emptiness of
wasted time. But it is a very pale substitute for attention invested in real challenges. The flow
experience that results from the use of skills leads to growth; passive entertainment
Csikszentmihalyi has written lots of great material over the years so it was hard to choose one. Flow is actually the book that first got me acquainted with his work, so it only seemed appropriate to use it for The Bookshelf. A state of flow has been experienced by many people. It's that sort of focus and happiness you get when you are doing something you love. Time doesn't exist. In Flow, Csikszentmihalyi doesn't just explain the state of flow from a psychological perspective but also gives insight on how you can achieve it. And yes, it's possible even when you are doing laundry, working, or changing a poopy diaper. Enjoy!