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As in any physical activity in which you want to perform with a good technique, it is required your full attention and to be present in both body and mind. This will allow you to progress adequately, enjoy it to the fullest and increase your perceptions.
This is known as the “Flow State”. Mihály Csíkszentmihalyi, an eminence in positive psychology developed this theory contained in his book “FLOW”. Csíkszentmihalyi interviewed eminences in diverse fields such as climbers, musicians, athletes, surgeons, and all of them showed an ability to focus with full awareness on their respective tasks. When a person is able to fully engage in an activity is when they are able to use all their abilities to the fullest and experience that feeling of fully connected body and mind.
To reach the flow state it is necessary to go through different phases.
Being able to fully enjoy a route requires that your personal climbing skills and the challenge of the route are in balance. It doesn’t have to be too easy to avoid boredom, or too difficult to avoid frustration. This will allow you to progressively acquire skills to improve and progress in the grade.
An important aspect that takes you to the “state of flow” is experiencing the feeling of knowing that you are performing well. This self-feedback will help you get to the top. Concentration and focus on each step you take allows you to leave your everyday worries behind.
A risky activity such as climbing has to be enjoyed, this does not come from the danger itself, but from being able to minimize subjective risks through good discipline and preparation. That is why good training is so important, since it will allow you to maintain an optimal level of demand.
If we want to reach the “FLOW” it is very important to be able to put our ego aside. Once you get rid from the demands of the self that is when you can really expand who you are and fully merge with the environment. Then the sense of time gets altered, and either the hours can go by more quickly or a second can be perceived as an eternity.