Amazing athlete and coach Ido Portal recently used my arrangement of Childs Grove in one of his Youtube videos.
I was fortunate to take a number of workshops from Ido recently, focusing on bodyweight strength, movement, and balance. Besides music my other main hobbies are Brazillian Juijitsu(BJJ), and alongside that, strength and conditioning training. I believe a healthy body is important, and getting up and moving is a good opposite from sitting playing guitar for long periods of time.
Though on the surface they seem like very disparate activities I often find alot of similarities between brazillian juijitsu and music. In both things I am trying to accomplish an end goal as effeciently and with as much technique as possible, without muscling or forcing things. Forcing things will only get you so far in the beginning, and will retard progress later down the line.
Both activities involve alot of thinking, critical analysis, and problem solving. You have to step back and look critically at what you are doing. You use drills, technical exercises, and repitition to smooth things out and develope effecient muscle memory. While the learning curve is often quick at first, after a while things slow down and progress is often measured in months and years rather then days and weeks. It becomes more about the journey than the destination.
In both music and BJJ I find I perform the best when I am not worried about the outcome, and just focused on the present. I try to react to the moment, and am not dwelling on what happened two minutes ago or what is going to take place a minute from now.
Kind of like being in the zone.