Posts Tagged ‘Flow States’

Lessons in Mastery from Mikaela Shiffrin
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on February 16th, 2014

This week, if you watch the Winter Olympics–and pay little attention to skiing between Olympiads–you’ll be introduced to a remarkable young woman named Mikaela Shiffrin. Last year at ?17 she won the world slalom championship. This season she attained almost unprecedented dominance in her specialty in World Cup races. To give some perspective to Shiffrin’s […]

Bad Advice: Tell Yourself, “This feels good.”
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on November 12th, 2013

Last week (Nov 6 to be precise) the NY Times published an article with the headline Keep Telling Yourself: “This Workout Feels Good.” This is a prime example of what I call ?the Western Industrial Exercise Complex. The article’s main message was that if you practice exhortatory self-talk you’ll get better at enduring unpleasantness while […]

Crossing Gibraltar Strait: A Journey to Joy
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 31st, 2013

On October 11, I swam across Gibraltar Strait, with ?TI colleagues Lennart Larsson of Orebro, Sweden and Tommi Patila of Helsinki, Finland. We swam 18km (11+ miles) in 5 hours 18 minutes. Water temperatures started at 18C (64F) near the Spanish coast, rose to 19 in mid-Strait, then dipped to 16C (60F) as we approached […]

How to Make Exercise Addictive
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on March 29th, 2013

I discovered that the laserlike focus that took, and the feeling of using my body well in a new way, left me feeling physically and mentally energized

Start Where You Are
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on December 22nd, 2012

Starting where you are is a way to banish labels like ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ or ‘good’ and ‘bad.’

Why Not Embody Grace In Motion?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on November 5th, 2012

Channeling Olympic 10k champion Ous Mellouli provided a highly satisfying Flow experience. it also helped propel me to a Top 10% finish.

Try it. You might just >gasp< like it.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 28th, 2012

Practicing with a sense of curiosity produces moments of more intense happiness than anything else I do.

Creating Beauty (getting speed in return)
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 19th, 2012

When you strive to create beauty, you’ll swim farther and faster, but enjoy it far more.

Guest Post: Olympic Swimmer Finds “Magic” in TI Practice
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 10th, 2012

Anna Karin Lundin, an Olympic swimmer in 1988 and a Masters World Champion, is swimming better than she ever dreamed possible, with TI. But she’s even more excited about discovering the joys of mindful purposeful TI Practice.

Kaizen Happiness
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 26th, 2011

How well might you swim if your main practice goal was to Experience More Joy?