Ever got involved in something so deeply that nothing else seemed to matter and you completely lost track of time?
Ever heard of ‘flow state’? It is a mental state of mind where a person is performing an activity and is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, with full involvement in the process of the activity, involving effortless concentration and enjoyment.
This is known as being in a state of ‘Flow’ and can also happen when a person’s skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable and so it acts as a magnet for learning new skills and increasing challenges. This little space between boredom and anxiety is the holy grail of training.
The other night I was riding and my partner called over to me and tapped his watch. “You’ve been riding 45 minutes straight and it’s time you cooled her down”! I was working on maintaining rhythm in the trot and had got so engrossed that I lost track of time. I was in FLOW!
It was exhilarating and a great place to be – I did however, get told off for taking advantage of my little mare’s good will.
Gotta take the rough with the smooth, eh?