The main thrust of this Practice is to help you to begin to understand the early stages of peak performance states. Rather than “trying” to achieve a peak performance state, and wondering why it isn’t quite happening yet, this Practice is designed to help you start from where you are, and begin the journey from there.
As always, you might want to read through the instructions several times so that you can do this Practice without needing to keep your head in the notes.
Sit comfortably looking in the mirror, if a mirror is available. If not just sit comfortably.
1. Attune to yourself
Notice your breathing….the way you feel as you sit quietly….what you notice visually….the sounds around you……and your bodily sensations…..
Perhaps most of all….notice your breathing, and take a deep breath…..feeling any internal sensations you might have….and any rocking movements or sensations of energy that you might experience….
Also notice the clothing on your body, the expression on your face, the hair on your head……..
Feel the movement of your chest and back as you breathe…..the way you are balancing your head on your neck and shoulders……..the rhythm of your heartbeat as you breathe slowly…..and begin to notice that your experience of yourself and your experience of the “moment” are changing….. .
2. Formulate “a statement of intention” regarding what you want to learn at this time in regard to peak performance states.
For instance, “I want to learn about entering into a peak performance state.” Or perhaps something a bit more specific, “I want to feel what it feels like to be fully absorbed in the moment.”
As always, please be certain to state what you DO want to learn, and not what you want to stop doing. When you are ready, make your statement of intent out loud, making whatever statement suits you.
Now, take three deep breaths.
3. Now, turn your statement of intent into an “I am” statement.
Make believe you have already achieved your stated intention. Having ALREADY achieved your intention, you might say (for instance) “I am in a wonderful peak performance state and really enjoying myself.” Or “I am fully absorbed in the moment and feeling quite enthused.”
Make your “I am” statement now please.
Now, take three deep breaths.
4. Now, make your “I am” statement again, and begin to imagine how you would be feeling if you were already in the peak performance state you desire. Imagine how you would be feeling, thinking, and reacting to the world around you. Imagine how your thoughts and actions would be different than usual.
Take at least one full minute for doing this imagining.
Now, repeat your “I am” statement again………
And then take three deep breaths.
5. Slowly….notice your breathing…. your body movement…. your bodily sensations…… the balance of your head and neck……and breathe deeply three times.
In a few moments, you will slowly and lovingly speak from a feeling of already having accomplished your goal of entering into a peak performance state. You will describe your bodily sensations and all that you are aware of in this moment of total absorption. You are to assume the role of a peak performance coach and speak out loud…..talking MUCH SLOWER than usual….. offering your description to a person who is wanting to understand what you are experiencing so that they might also learn more about how to enter into an embodied state of flow.
Realizing that we don’t just all of a sudden jump into a peak performance state…. Your task will be to help your “client” BEGIN to understand what you are feeling, as you SLOWLY enter into a state of total absorption…….Help your client to learn how to begin to enter into a similar state for themselves…….. Slowly……..Softly…….Tenderly…….IN the moment. Speaking from the perspective of “I am feeling…… I am experiencing…….”.
Please allow for a minimum of five minutes to slowly describe your experience in an improvisational manner.
The key points to consider here are four:
1. Talk from the experience you are having in the moment, without any rehearsal or forethought in regard to what you will say. “What I am feeling and experiencing right now is…….”
2. Keep your attention wide and continue to notice what is going on in and around you while describing exactly what you are feeling/noticing. Describe the sights, sounds, and physical sensations and physical processes you are experiencing.
“I hear the sounds of cars passing by, I see the calendar in front of me, I feel the rhythm of my breathing, and I feel a sense of feeling deeper into my experience.”
3. Allow and encourage yourself to describe whatever it is you notice or feel in the moment, without concern for how unrelated your thoughts and feelings are. For your peak performance mind, there IS a relationship to all that you are experiencing. Remember, the peak performance mind is filled with experience. It does not take the time to judge or evaluate what is being experienced.
4. By no means do you need to talk the entire time, Being truly quiet is also great. But if you are quiet and then you do begin to sense internal dialogue turn the dialogue into an external teaching conversation.
Take three deep breaths and begin to describe your experience out loud Now, by starting out with describing:
Your breathing….the way you feel as you sit quietly….what you notice visually….the sounds around you……and your bodily sensations…..
Describing what it feels like to take a deep breath…..feeling and describing the internal sensations you are having….and any rocking movements or sensations of energy that you are experiencing….
Describe the feeling of the clothing on your body, the expression on your face, the hair on your head……..
Feel and describe the movement of your chest and back as you breathe…..the way you are balancing your head on your neck and shoulders……..the rhythm of your heartbeat as you breathe slowly…..and begin to notice that your experience of yourself and your experience of the “moment” are changing…..
When done, it is great to take some notes to help you remember and reenter this experience in the future.