The Present Moment, Life or Death
If you know me at all, you know I love the ocean, swimming and free diving as well as breath work, breath holding and meditation. They are all a big part of my life.
I found this Ted talk given by a famous free diver that really spoke to me about the importance of letting go of the outcome and focusing on the present moment.
He summarizes the point that if he does not stay in the present moment he could die.
I know that sounds extreme and a little scary, but in the case of the free diver speaking, it is completely true.
He takes you on a journey of a free dive with no fins down to the deepest darkest water and how amazing he feels in neutral buoyancy, and what the body does to preserve his oxygen and save his brain function to only be able to focus on the present moment.
The here and now.
He describes when he gets the flag at the very bottom point, it is pitch black and his lungs are screaming at him to breath; he has a choice, and this is when it gets hard, he has to work harder to get back up to the surface to breath again, but he is a LOOOONNNNGGG way down.
If he thinks for 1 second about how far it is to the surface, he will lose the ability to do what he needs to do to get there, to take that breath of life at the surface. He can only focus on the reach and the catch and pull of his arms and remaining calm to get back to breathing.
That is a choice he has to make to survive!
Now, that is pressure!
Please watch and listen and participate as he takes you on this journey because it is a truly beautiful experience.
Then ask yourself where you are making choices to live in the outcome, instead of the present moment. And because it seems so over whelming and even paralyzing you are fucking it all up!
I am certainly guilty of this, and I can say with certainty every human is at some point.
But here again, we have a choice, just like the free diver, to stay in the present moment and do the next right thing to keep us moving toward the life, the dream that we so desire.
Most of us are not in a place where it is life or death situation, as this man’s is, or maybe it is!
But you can see how much he loves it and how passionate and alive he is because of it despite the risk.
What if you could think about your life this way. How much more passion and productivity could come out of your days, weeks, months and years by being in the her and now.
What are you dreaming of doing that you have put off because instead of thinking about the next right step to take, you are future tripping about how hard it will be, how long it will take.
I’m ready, Are you?
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.
I listened to the whole thing. Very well done. Mental skills .