Creativity and Flow

A painting from the late 1800s showing the art...

Two of my all-time favorite books are ”Creativity” and “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This man inspired me on many occasions to continue writing just by opening either of his two books I own.  While he has written many books, these were my joyful introduction to his inspirational work:

“Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention”, New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

 “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”, New York: Harper & Row, 1990.

It’s no surprise to me that Professor Csikszentmihalyi is director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC). A research institute devoted to studying “positive psychology,” this includes the human strengths such as optimism, creativity and intrinsic motivation. Here’s a link to listen to more of what his work is about:

Just watch him for a few minutes or pick up one of his books. I would be very surprised if you could put his work down or stop listening to him because I certainly cannot.

Mind food, soul food and far more than food for thought. It’s my belief that if he can’t get your creative motor running, nothing will.

“Flow… such a short easy mono-syllabic word. Yet we often halt, digress or resist… so much that we lose our ability to simply let things flow…including our own creativity.” ~ Me

JANNI (c) 2011

Testy Testy Testy Thursday…too

Wordless Wednesday 2010-02-24

I’ve seen this thing called Wordless Wednesday around. Is there a name for every day of the week? That could be inspiring. Thanks to the inspiration of Totsymae’s wicked funny brain in motion, I’m trying to be funnier. I’m not very good at it … yet… but I’m thinking maybe:
Mealy Mouthed Mirthful Monday
Tell All Talk Tuesday
Wingnut Wordless Wednesday
TestyTestyTesty Tanka Thursday
Free Falling Freedom Friday
Snarky Sassy Saturday
Sanctimonious Soulful Sunday
Ideas for theme of the day are welcome. I’m thinking of changing my blog patterns to something more predictable. Lest my eclectic, eccentric and always earthy deliveries may bore those seeking something more stable for their reading pleasure.
Now, don’t worry, I am giving myself a good “talking to.” Because if I do this, I have to NOT break the rules. Oh my. Do you think that’s possible? No. Nor do I. But I could try to colour within “the lines” for a change if only to annoy those who insist on reading between them.
 Just in case I wasn’t clear enough in black and white text, feel free to make your own interpretations without asking a single question whatsoever. Assumption doesn’t work at all for me but hey, if it works for you, who am I to interfere with your correctness?
For some, it seems to work better than actually reading what is. Take the Bible for instance. How many interpret that good book when erecting a pedestal under themselves or their actions, a pedestal that crumbles heartily if you reverse the situation and the shoe is on the other foot.  Convenient and gratifying spouting? Yes. Reliable and predictable behaviour? No.
And neither am I as an artist who writes her own interpretations of experiences in daily life, past life and life in general. Songwriters do it, poets do it, prose writers do it, we all do it whether in words or imagery. This is how we arrived in 2012 with such a rich history of artistry before us. If we try to put a stopper in artist’s voices, whatever their chosen media, we might well siphon the very life out of them. Ask any musician. They would not be where they are, enjoying the successes they do if they had stopped writing song lyrics just because someone didn’t like it. Those I know of do not know how to stop. Nor do I. How I love being my writerly self. 
Just for fun, I’m doing TestyTestyTesy Thursday today because I need to learn more about Tanka before I heartily embarrass myself soundly on a falsely self-assigned pedestal, lol, enjoy:


Triangular trade wordless

Image via Wikipedia

always somebody up to something
insidious navigations showing why distrustful minds must
waste life thinking this way
(c) JAM 26Jan2012