When was the last time you were so high on life that you were actually lost in the moment, unaware of time, unaware of your environment, thoughtless, emotionless, relaxed, carefree and not concerned about the next moment? Do you actually remember ever having such an experience?
For most of us, a peak experience is exactly that, a peak experience for a brief moment in time, an experience that we may have only once to twice in our entire lifetime. But the moment ends and we may never be able to recapture that feeling, that experience, ever again.
So, how does one consciously create a peak experience? And how can we create peak experiences that last longer than a brief moment? The answer is both simple and complex.
The simple response is to simply remember details of people, places, things, activities, and events that stimulated you and gave you pleasure when you were a child. Simply recall those moments, way back when, when you lost track of time and perhaps someone was calling to you and you didn’t even hear.
A more complex response is to notice details of people, places, things, activities and events that create within you a feeling of loss, envy, emptiness, desire or longing. Perhaps there is something you have always wanted to do or some type of person with whom you have always wanted to share yourself, your views, your time and perhaps your love. And then, the complex part of this is to find a way to open yourself up to the possibility of actually having this experience. It may require putting yourself into unfamiliar environments with unfamiliar people, studying and learning new and even difficult skills, and taking chances and calculated risks in some new endeavors.
It is never too late to have a new peak experience. However, it is not something that can be planned for and organized. What makes it “peak” is that it is unexpected, a surprise, a gift from the unknown, and beyond your capacity to have consciously created it. A peak experience happens when you are open to the universe of possibilities and allow yourself to remain open, in spite of doubt and fear and loss of control.