” Very slowly, as in a movie process of fading out, when I read, the world disappears. I remain alone inside the world of the story. It is my favorite feeling in this life.”
This is Haruki Murakami’s way of describing something that is very identifiable when we experience it, though it is hard to put in words and to rationalize: optimal experience.
“The joy we get from living, ultimately depends directly on how the mind filters and interprets everyday experiences. Whether we are happy depends on inner harmony, not on the controls we are able to exert over the great forces of the universe. (…)
Since I first heard about Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s work Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience I’ve read dozens of articles about him, his investigation, and his ground-breaking findings. However, I had never read his book. Big mistake. His conclusions are nothing short than a before and after in the way we pursue our well being through experience. By just reading articles about his work, I had just accessed to a tiny bit of this masterpiece and not to the first-hand experience of one of the most essential books of our times.
The secret is not to reach the destination, it is to lose ourselves on our way there.
Wish you a great reading and better connections!
PS: you will have hundreds of summaries of Csikszentmihalyi’s ideas online, but if you have the chance, trust me, don’t miss this book.