“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
I may not have been stretched to my limits today, but I was certainly in the state of flow described above. Not once, but twice! It was an incredible sense of totally losing my sense of self. There was no me, just my actions, my work, unleashing me… and it felt great!
The last time I presented on this topic the little voice in my head was present and got me a little jammed up a couple of times. This time? Nope, I booted that little bastard right out of my head and went. I flipped the switch, imagined the opening chords of Sabotage by the Beastie Boys playing at Volume 11 in my brain and let it go. The practice was done, time to let loose. There were a couple of firsts that I totally rolled with (someone signing for someone who was hearing impaired and also having another mic going for Skype), and when I stumbled I didn’t let the voice in, I just switched gears into one of my prepared one liners to get myself back on track. It was like I was on cruise control and was along for the ride along with everyone else in the room.
Tuesday night with no soccer meant yoga for Becky and I with Nick at Root Down. His ability to coach and push is incredible. While my body was being pushed and pushed and pushed I was totally outside of myself. I was lost in the breathing, lost in an incredible state of flow, and it was amazing. I’m sure I’ll pay for it when I get up to run tomorrow morning, but tonight it was wonderful.
I assuming that everyone reading this has been in a state of flow like this before. Time stops, you don’t have time to think, the little voice is gone from your brain. All there is at that moment is the present, nothing else exists, no worries, no stress, nothing, just release. What a feeling! To have had this experience twice in one day is something I am incredibly grateful for… time to crash! 🙂