The Human Body – An Instrument for the State of Flow
We work tirelessly to manage our busy lives while taking care of our body acquires a secondary priority.
When our body’s take the backseat in our lives, it begins to accumulate physical ailments such as chronic back pain, weak joints and mental aliments such as depression, anxiety and ADHD.
By bringing our awareness back into the body, we become fully engaged by our senses – a sense of total clarity rather than overwhelm. To Fully harness the intelligence of the body is to have the complete freedom of being able to move your body, to be sensitive enough to pick up on your instincts that are often overwritten by the rational mind.
Remember the body. Medicating the body to suppress symptoms of discomfort, overwrites the body’s natural alarm signal. Discomfort is the body’s way of demanding your attention. To take pain killers, antidepressants and insomnia pills is to avoid the easily preventable conditions, until it is too late. The body has remarkable tolerance but if we refuse to listen to it, we accumulate the burden of illness – obesity, cancer, diabetes, cardiac/pulmonary disease, sports injuries, lack of mobility, all of which are ultimately from sedentary lifestyle choices.
When the body awakens, you have consistent vitality and strength. Symptoms of subclinical depression and daily anxieties disappear. The body runs effortlessly with no aches and pains, slowing you down. You are able to fully engage those who you spend time with. The body provides the freedom of expression. When you are able to access the body’s innate intelligence rather than mental illusions, you exuberate a natural confidence that is unhindered by corporate/social hierarchy and is instead appreciated as noble leadership.
This is our natural state. This is where ideas flourish and creativity peaks. This is the Flow State. The state in which we feel alive and our passions thrive. What ultimately happens is, we align with something greater than ourselves. Our self-centric nature dissolves and instead we are fueled by an energy that is more than what we know as our own.
There are many channels to access flow. The flow state is best experienced in improvisation. Musicians enter the flow state when they forget what they are playing and get truly carried away by rhythm. The rhythm takes a shape of its own, there is dramatic highs and sudden lows. The music becomes a journey to an unknown destination.
Our bodies craves Flow. When we move in a mechanical environment such as a gym or an office, our body’s natural instincts get diluted. The body wants to move. This is EXACTLY what is was designed for! The visceral experience of flow, once encountered, is highly sought after. Dancers, surfers, rock climbers all put their bodies into situations where they can experience flow. The Experience – where the body is able to move in perfect harmony to what the moment demands. The body responds instinctually – much faster than our conscious processing. The mind takes a backseat, unable to keep up with the intelligence of the Body.
The Flow state is experienced through a process called neural binding in the gamma bandwidth – the highest frequency the human brain can register. This precise communication allows all of our brain circuits (sensory-motor control, attention, executive function) to work synergistically. There is no indecision, no planning, no resistance or lack of confidence. The Flow State is the height of our cognitive capacity. You forget everything that you have learnt. You have no skill. You are the skill. The Flow State accesses every moment that has lead to what you are doing right NOW.
The body is the only asset that is truly yours. Where does it sit in your priority?