Freediving and the awareness of self
By: Sebastian Naslund
Freediving is a sport and a leisure activity like no other. Not just that it is an outdoor activity with a taste of adventure, it involves all your body in a way that few other sports do. Exposing yourself to pressure and relying on one breath of air makes freediving unique.
If you choose to become a freediver, you will have to confront yourself. Get to know yourself in a new way. Your fears, your reactions to stress, your attitude towards performance, to failure, and more so, it will force you to understand your body in a very "intimate" way. Your circulatory system, your lungs and heart and blood system. Your muscles, and limbs, and the form of your body as it moves through a weightless and truly three dimensional world.
Freediving will make you interested in your breath, and you will want to explore it and improve it´s efficiancy. Breathing properly is the gateway to a calm body (and mind). Freediving has relaxation as it´s ultimate tool, in fact, you will get nowhere without it.
Since any sign of un-health or un-rest in your life becomes very apparent while pursuing perfection in freediving, you will become a more attentive person. Being more aware of your body and even your thoughts. And all these positive changes that freediving training demands of you, can easily be brought into your daily life - making you a more relaxed and aware person.
Let the water shape you.