Monday, October 11, 2010

Quotes from The Power of Flow

  1. Jung's definition--Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer. P. 14
  2. Nelson Mandela: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond meansure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." P. 24
  3. The 9 attributes that create the power of flow: Commitment, Honesty, Courage, Passion, Immediacy, Openness, Receptivity, Positivity, Trust P. 47
  4. Commitment creates perseverance, discipline and decisiveness. P. 48
  5. Honesty: The more authentic we are, the more energy we have, for it simplifies life. Pretending to be who we aren't takes a tremendous amount of energy and makes itself known..... Our source of approval is within, not without; we live up to our own expectations, not those of the other people, and our standards are higher. P. 52
  6. Courage: It allows us to risk ridicule to create something new, or to risk rejection when we are being true to our sense of what's right. P. 55
  7. Passion: Passion means caring deeply about something beyond ourselves. P. 57
  8. Immediacy: Immediacy doesn't mean that we don't plan for the future or learn from the past. But we don't dwell in those places: we just isit them upon occasions. P. 60
  9. Openness: When we are open, we waste little energy in warding things off; we do not erect walls between ourselves and the world. Instead, we embrace whatever develops, for we know that everything we experience has value....... Developing this openness requires that we know ourselves well, that we understand what makes us fearful and closes us down, so that we can then move past those reactions. P. 62
  10. Receptivity: From that deep quite comes a sure sense of being an integral, intimate part of the movement of larger events that we may only dimly comprehend on a conscious level. P. 65
  11. Positivity: In positivity, we seek out the value in every situation, at every turn, emphasize it, and work actively with it. That's not to say that we are Pollyannas or blind to the negative potential of a situation.... We believe everything happens for a reason.... P. 67
  12. Trust: ... trust enables us to proceed with absolute certainty into the unknown... (Ratprincess: this is difficult) P. 69
  13. The story of Sunny, the compulsive organizer.. It showed her she didn't always have the answers, which meant she could start to let go of her need to always know what came next. P. 82
  14. The story of Janet: All I need to do is put out what I have learned. And if people can hear it, then they can hear it. P. 97

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