Reading Csikszentmihalyi again,
whose last name would be Csikszenti,
if Mihaly, his first name,
need not also bring up the rear of his family name,
which has nothing to do with anything that follows,
I am sure you are already relieved to know.
I continue wanting to add words in.
probably not because my choice would be more to his point,
but to mine,
which I hope is the same as his,
only slightly different,
but probably at least as redundant
as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi,
but in a good full resonant way.
“A person without [healthy] skills
cannot recognize a [pathological] challenge;
but without confronting a challenge
one cannot realize [invest and grow] one’s [healthywealthy] skills.”
Mihaly continues to look for a better term than ‘spiritual’ skills,
for fear it may be too vacuous for vibrant resonance.
He includes wisdom; better.
But, apparently is not familiar with Gregory Bateson’s ecology
of natural regenerativity as also sacredly evolving system dynamics.
Mihaly says these nature-spirit skills involve the ability to control experience directly,
but this does not feel directly accurate to me,
although so close as to often cloud confusion.
Wisdom skills develop capacities to control feelings about direct experience,
including our inability to control experiences,
for good or bad, unilaterally.
Multicultural WinWin wisdom literature
feels less about “manipulating memes that increase harmony among people’s thoughts,”
yet feels more about communicating with optimal nutritional fertility
to increase ecological harmony
among regenerative thoughts, emotions, wills,
consumerisms and productionisms,
investments and disinvestments and reinvestments.
I am less inclined to label those with appositionally bilateral
deep learning ecological skills
shamans; preferring ecotherapists,
priests; preferring wisely helpful parents and grandparents
who never learned a Monoculturing God of Condemnation as themselves,
philosophers; preferring ecologically recreative mentors,
artists; preferring permacultural designers,
but, ultimately, yes, we agree
wise men and women of various bicamerally polypathic kinds.
Wise elders, like trees and rivers,
build credibility through ecotherapeutically respected and remembered outcomes,
rooted in wholesome nutrients consumed
through eyes and ears and nose and throat,
lungs and heart,
minds as bodyfeeling climates,
basically healthy or no more,
yet with diverse dissonant tensions of not-quite-resonant-yet pathology,
small losses within our larger wisdom win-fields of memory.
“What is common to all forms of spirituality [ecology]
is the attempt to reduce entropy [dissonant suboptimization of ecological balance]
in consciousness [Right-bilateral-flow with Left-vertical resonant intelligence].”
“[Ecological] spiritual activity aims at producing harmony
among conflicting [nutritional] desires,
it tries to find meaning among the chance [health v pathology] events of life,
and it tries to reconcile human [regenerative] goals
with the natural [evolutionary] forces that impinge on them
[freedoms toward health and freedoms from pathological exposures, over-investments]
from the environment.”
“It [spiritual ecology] increases complexity [multicultural regenerativity]
by [decompositionally] clarifying the [appositional evolutionary co-arising development] components of individual experience
such as good and bad,
love and hate,
pleasure and pain.”
“It [love-wisdom, love of wisdom] tries to express these [laterally appositional double-binding] processes
in [phylogenic] memes that are [ebb and flowingly] accessible to all,
and it helps integrate them [us] with one another,
and with the external [regeneratively evolving] world
[of health/pathology climates and landscapes,
internal and external bio/eco-systemic
natural phylogenic body-forms
with spiritually ecological/ontological mind-function].”
“[T]he reduction of conflict and disorder through spiritual [ecological] means
appears to be very adaptive.”
[multiculturally regenerative of better climaxing/fertile ecopolitical health.]
That is as understated as suggesting traditional WinLose anger and fear management strategies
are not keeping us preventatively positive enough
for appropriately ecological Left/Right balance
toward WinWin ego/eco-logistic health.