This slowing down of time is known as the flow state, that state of mind, that mental zone which is naturally experienced where the illusion of time and space appears to come to a standstill, a key when it comes to peak performance.
This equates to the ability of being able to harness the limits of one’s creativity, intelligence, and talents, all this while captivating and remaining in this state of flow under times of stress.
For instance, this flow is needed for those who need to produce or perform on cue, instances such as, writers, actors, singers, or when making a speech, where recall is required. Being able to deliver the “goods” at will, being able to perform at all times.
The key on how to unlock this inner vault is looking at the phenomenon which is known as flow, this separate from any application or specific usage.
What Is The Flow Process
We all experience this flow phenomenon and is more common than you think. It occurs at the instance before we fall asleep, or when we first wake up in the morning, which is also referred to as the “hypnogogic state.”
It occurs when we’re on the freeway or on a long distance drive, we’re driving but lost in complete thought, on autopilot, and then suddenly snap to attention once our exit appears, it’s all flow.
You go for a jog, a bike ride or a walk, go dancing, watch a good movie or show, you suddenly realize how quickly time has dissolved, an hour of actual time feels like minutes.
How Does This Flow Happen
All of these events, these moments in time all share something in common. What they deal with is what appears to be the dissolution of the subject at hand, the object of the relationship.
The writer melts into the words of his novel, the marathon runner blends into the pavement, the singer becomes the music, the lover infuses into the beloved, the actor blends as the character.
Once they stop being aware of who they are, themselves, and then begin to fuse a direct connection between all the disparate parts which is the activity, as if they’re stepping back to get a wider view, they meld together in a place of intimacy.
The Road To Achievement
Getting lost in this way, some consider is the path to genius. The most difficult being able to harness the flow under times of stress, duress, or pressure.
It’s considered the very single and perhaps the greatest key of all the highest of performing humans, the superstars among us, in any arena of life. There’s no such thing as talent, separate from the intense focus which is required to manifest it.
As a result, there are a variety of disciplines which addressees this flow, some considered mystical, such as: Tai-Chi, yoga, meditation, prayer.
There are also tools which are available that are thought capable of familiarizing oneself into this state of mind. Music, Winter Largo by Vivaldi, for instance, which clocks at precisely sixty beats per sixty seconds.
Running long distances is known to activate this flow, as is rhythmic walking, dancing the night away, and even cooking or gardening. There are an abundance of other activities which activates this space. Just look for those moments when you feel time actually begins to vanish.
One of the key core techniques which is used and adopted is a vertical cross section of disciplines, the most prominent being how you control your breathing, which is also the simplest.
This is important since breathing, the intake of oxygen is the only physiological process which is both voluntary as well as autonomic, and the key to the unconscious mind.
Learning to breathe properly, deeply and slowly especially under times of stress, activates the flow response, allowing for access of deeper creativity and wisdom.
This can occur once the day gets hectic, you’re stuck in traffic or late for a meeting, you’re behind on your project which is due before noon, the baby in the next room is crying and needs to be fed.
Proper Breathing The Key To Getting The Flow
• Proper Breathing Techniques – Learn to breathe deeply down into your stomach at all times. To practice this, lay down on your back and place a book directly on your tummy. As you begin to inhale, it should rise, when exhaling, it should fall back. Your chest should be moving as little as possible during this time.
• A Bit Of Arithmetic – Remind yourself 5 times a day, everyday, on every hour which is divisible by 3, such as: 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, 6PM, and 9PM, concentrate on your breathing technique for 60 seconds. Learn and practice while you’re driving, while in meetings or at your desk, when walking down the street or while shopping.
• Know When You’re Under Stress – Recognize those times when you’re under moderate stress, and then automatically practice these proper breathing techniques. For instance, during your exercise class, during an exam, while your public speaking, or caught in the middle of an argument, these and anytime that your experiencing a stress or anxiety situation.
Learn to breathe as calmly and deeply as possible during these times, as what you’re doing is patterning your nervous system’s threat response. This enables you to calm yourself down to enter the flow.
There are other methods on how you can activate and enter the flow, but the simplest modification which you can make that has instant effect is by learning to breathe properly. It’s been proven to work for thousands of individuals worldwide, and it’s guaranteed to work for you as well.
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