"Flow" state is the most sought-after athletic experience, and probably the highest common state of consciousness before we tiptoe into genuinely esoteric realms. Any physical activity sufficiently intense to require real attention, but graduated enough to continue for fifteen minutes can teach you how to enter this state: walking, swimming, rowing, yoga, jogging, whatever. Here's how you can do it:
Rate pain on a scale of 1-10, ten being the worst pain you've ever experienced.
Rate technique on a scale of 1-10, ten being absolutely perfect form.
Rate exertion on a scale of 1-10, ten being the most extreme exertion you have ever known.
Now: NEVER let your pain go above a 3. And work to keep your technique above an 8. IF you can keep pain below a three, and technique above an "eight" then and only then take your exertion above a 6. Hover the exertion around a 5-6. So long as your breathing is smooth and even, you are probably all right. Stay with the breath. If you do this, you will enter "Flow" state somewhere around the 13-17 minute mark. No commonly experienced "natural high" is its equal.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Posted by Steven Barnes at 9:15 AM