I went jogging that day and managed to do about 12 kilometers, which is for the record the longest I’ve ever pounded on the pavement for. I am really not a great fan of running, really.
Anyway, I managed to hit the ‘zone’ where i felt a sensation of peak efficiency. In my own experience, it was a feeling of equilibrium, where there is a certain degree of peace. The engine just happily hum along. It is a sensation where the mind just shut up and let the body does its job. All the doubts fears and mental perception of fatigue fell away, you just feel a sense of quiet in the mind, where all the internal dialogue ended and becomes necessary. There is no more speech, or talking, the body just do what the body needs to do, which is to jog.
In this manner of peace, the experience of jogging becomes a form of enjoyable endeavor The reason why i say that instead of saying that jogging is enjoyable is because jogging is NOT enjoyable, well at least not to me. It is only after the jog, that i felt the satisfaction of a calmness. It is the post exercise experience, and this makes me wants to go back to jogging again.
The gaze also soften, and yet not losing its resolve, The determination becomes more covert.
We all need to hit the zone in what ever we do, as often as possible and as quickly as possible. this time around, i only managed to hit the zone on the return leg of the jog. There is a sense of conscious peace, you are aware of being aware.
This state, once you are in, is as fickle as a candle in the wind, there is still a need to maintain focus, for if you are not wary, the internal dialogue will tune up again, and the self doubt becomes loud again, overpowering the peace.
As much as it is an enjoyable feeling, it is one that is non-addictive, you know it is good. The feeling is such that it is non-clinging, the love for this feeling is not a matter of you know it is good and you crave for more. as the good feeling is never enough. when you have such a feeling, then the good feeling is not that good after all.
So the zone is something we can cultivate, as it establishes a balance, the kind of balance that you can only get once you have struggle enough. Hence the peace we get makes our struggles justified.