By Cedric Dumont –
Just back from Egypt where I had the unique opportunity to fly over the pyramids of Giza, oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.
It was a dream come true after 5 years of perseverance and hard work to get all the permissions from the government. Such a dream and project is always stressful no matter how well prepared and trained you are.
Over the years meditation has been giving me an edge to stay extremely focused during any big project. The aim is to become more aware of the present and avoid getting hijacked by the past or the future.
When you think about it, fear only exist in the past and even more in the future, being able to stay in the present moment will increase your self-confidence and decrease your fear of failure.
Meditation used to have a reputation as being a hippie thing for people who speak in a particularly soft tone of voice. But did you know that Samurai practiced meditation to become more effective killers. So did kamikaze pilots. It’s value neutral.
Meditating enhances the prefrontal cortex, likely creating more connections between neurons and enlarging blood vessels. Among other functions, the prefrontal cortex processes sensory information, handles rational decisions and regulates the amygdala, the structure that feeds our fight-or-flight instinct.
Today, Type-A traders, pro athletes and high-achievers are seeking profit with the same tool that Buddhist monks use to achieve enlightenment.
As an extreme athlete, it’s a competitive edge, well-being and flow that drives me to meditate and stay in the present moment like a ninja in a fight and, in my sport, being in the flow is a question of survival.
As a High Performance psychologist helping gamechangers understanding their minds, the present moment is the foundation to reach the flow and become the best version of yourself.
It’s the ability to perform without worrying about what has just happened or what might happen next.