Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"Attention is our most essential stepping stone to happiness."
That's Maggie Jackson,author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. You can read a short interview here.
This is the same conclusion reached by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ("call me Mike") in his book Flow: the psychology of optimal experience -- a book that is one of the landmarks of Positive Psychology.
According to Mike, "The best moments of our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times--although such expeeriences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to achieve them. The best moments usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen."
Maria Montessori understood that, too.
She added this: learning the pleasures of concentration actually transforms the personality. The child changes. Becomes a different child.
Well, wouldn't it change you to discover the secret of happiness?