Did you know that diving, and specifically technical diving, can offer some of the most powerful mind clearing techniques on the market?
Matt and David have long discussed post-dive, the meditative impact of a long decompression ascent and now the zeitgeist has given it a name and its rapidly become a major element of contemporary living.
Mindfulness is the new buzzword which captures the modern movement for mental wellness in how we live our lives.
Mindfulness is ‘the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training’.
Lets break that down. With Yoga, Gurus, Ashrams, Meditation Retreats or using at home Apps this inner peace is taught through a spiritual harnessing of the inner voice and finding peace and clarity from within. Yep all that is great if you want to traipse through India or visit your local Buddhist mentor in the YMCA hall but Mindfulness can be achieved in many novel and for many, more realistic and practical ways.
Lets re-examine that definition for a moment . . . Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment.
When you are correctly trained by Evolution for decompression diving then there is little that can match a meticulously timed ascent for ‘bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment’.
During successful mindfulness techniques the idea is not to make the mind blank, but to block out all the various dialogues, misgivings, worries etc of the day, When you have just been to 75m and are running a 45 minute ascent with an exact time table requiring specific depths at specific times, often finely tuned to 20 second increments, I can assure you none of the days trivial or troublesome issues cloud the moment. Being surrounded by blue water also removes a lot of visual stimuli and while novices often find this boring, crusty tech pros learn to appreciate the singular nature of a blue 360 degree dimension.
It is a pure way to achieve a focused internal and taciturn monologue. And when successfully executed this is Mindfulness in a nutshell. It is the moment, it is free of clutter, it is minimalist. The mind is liberated from stress and tension.
And add to that being neutrally suspended in the amniotic fluid of Gaia herself? It’s simply transcendental.
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