|Jul 29, 2015||The Flow-Meditative Prayer 8|
|Jul 28, 2015||Pray Ceaselessly-Meditative Prayer 7|
|Jul 27, 2015||Barbie Lobster|
|Jul 26, 2015||Ice, Milk, Eggs and Apples|
|Jul 25, 2015||Sailor Left the Sea|
|Jul 24, 2015||Seat of the Pants, Seat of the Chair|
|Jul 23, 2015||My Job's Harder|
|Jul 22, 2015||Late to His Own|
|Jul 21, 2015||Tracking Treasure|
|Jul 20, 2015||Despair|
|Jul 19, 2015||Hopes Dance Best|
|Jul 18, 2015||A Patient Man|
|Jul 17, 2015||Golden|
|Jul 16, 2015||Inner Peace|
|Jul 15, 2015||Cut Up|
|Jul 14, 2015||Schoolyard Flag Day 1967|
|Jul 13, 2015||Saints|
|Jul 12, 2015||Take Heart|
|Jul 11, 2015||His Confession|
|Jul 10, 2015||Twinkle and a Wink|
|Jul 9, 2015||Itís the Wrong Trail|
|Jul 8, 2015||Hunter and Snake: An Old Tale|
|Jul 7, 2015||All Hammer and No Nail|
|Jul 6, 2015||Good Shepherd Food Bank|
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|Jul 4, 2015||With Liberty for All|
|Jul 3, 2015||Who Are You?|
|Jul 2, 2015||Godís House|
|Jul 1, 2015||Forced to Choose|
Title: The Flow-Meditative Prayer 8
Date: July 29, 2015
An artist said, "It's not the end product that makes me paint. It's the process. When I paint I forget to eat and sleep; I forget appointments; I forget myself." Cezanne claimed painting was prayer*. Musicians agree. When they're really playing, they do not notice the room, or the notes, or their instrument, or themselves. All they feel is the groove. Athletes in peak performance enter "the zone" where there is no thought, only action, skill, and a focused mind. Winning or losing does not matter, only being, only doing.
Maybe we exercise for health, or paint or play music for money, but beneath that, there are times when the quality of the experience itself is rewarding. The reward is a feeling, a state of mind.
University of Chicago's Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi** calls this "the flow". The ego falls away and time flies. Every action, every movement, and every thought creatively flows inevitably from the previous one. Your whole being gets caught up while you are using your skills to the extreme. You are completely involved and consumed in the activity for its own sake. This, says Csikszentmihalyi, is true happiness.
It is also similar to a feeling one may experience when caught up in deep prayer, when caught up by God.
Prayer is about the process, not the end product. In focused prayer, ego falls away; self goes unnoticed; time seems non-existent; worries leave us. All that matters is God. The saints call this place heaven.
Let's Pray: Dear God, let prayer immerse us in Heaven. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: Prayer opens.
Wired Magazine, online, http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.09/czik.html
Debold, Elizabeth, Flow with Soul, An interview with Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi,
The Gospel of John, Chapter 4
* Pronounced: pronounced "CHICK-sent-me-high-ee"
** http://www.provencelive.com/aix/cezanne3.html “In a celebrated letter Cézanne speaks of the magic moment when "the canvas clasps its hands" as in prayer. Religion, whether defined as a "binding together", or as a "re-reading" brings Cézanne closer to Rousseau and the romantics than to the century that his painting ushered in.”
“He would take hours sometimes to put down a single stroke because each stroke needed to contain ‘the air, the light, the object, the composition, the character, the outline, and the style’. A still life might have taken Cézanne one hundred working sessions while a portrait took him around one hundred and fifty sessions. Cèzanne believed that while he was painting, he was capturing a moment in time, that once passed, could not come back.”