Wednesday, 26 August 2015
The peak experiences described by psychologist Abraham Maslow have been increasingly reported in sport. Runners, tennis players, and golfers ‘get in the zone’ that can be profitably compared to the states of consciousness familiar to yogis, martial artists, and even shamen. There is now decades of research into the subject and we have entered the era of the ultra-runners who consciously seek inspiration from tribal cultures. Meditation and sport is now firmly linked. Paul will survey some of the topic from the perspective of what might be termed Esalen Institute psychology, stopping by Zen archers, Tibetan sky runners, Rocky movies, and marathon monks whilst bringing in some insights from Tony Robbins and discussing many of his own running experiences and understanding of the vital link between physiology, psychology and peak states.