ESM was invented by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, an American psychologist and author of Finding flow: the psychology of engagement with everyday life. He believes people are at their best when doing something that completely absorbs them. He calls this “Flow.”
Flow experiences can frequently be reasons to live. They’re usually things you are good at and/or things you love. They can be working with violets or cutting fingernails. In April, I wrote here on R2L about a woman who began to recover from her stroke when she realized she could still cook with her husband’s help. Cooking was the one positive thing she needed to start living again, after two years of vegetating.
What’s the message? Major depression and chronic schizophrenia are two of the deepest holes life can dig. But having a reason to live, a way to flow, lifted these women back to level ground. If it worked for them, it seems any of us could do it.
One other thing: reasons to live do us no good if we don’t give them energy. When you find your flow, I hope you spend as much time as you can there.