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How To Travel Jet Lag Free – The “SLOW” and the “FAST” Systems

To apply my “Jet lag free travel” strategy, understand that we humans have two energy systems. One system is slow in nature. The other is fast.  The fast system handles new impressions, quick and unpredictable twists and turns and the instant responses you are required to produce. In your house you have the patterns of your life, which include how you get up in the morning and basically all the things you do every day. These repetitive activities create patterns that provide continuity, stability and settlement. So you have two systems. The “Slow System” maintains stable patterns and keeps the long view. The “Fast System” is reactive and is at the ready to counter and respond quickly to threats and opportunities. Think of SLOW like a pool of water. Think of the FAST like a bolt of lightening. The lightening jumps quickly. The pool of water needs to be maintained, regulated and cleaned. High intensity living that swiftly moves from one lightening strike to the next can lead to over exhaustion and can cause you to become brittle.  In a healthy scenario the FAST and SLOW system balance and help each other.   The SLOW system needs the anchor of your physical location. The FAST can travel with ease. When you leave your house on a long trip across multiple time zones the intricate balance of the SLOW and FAST systems gets ruptured. That is what you experience as jet lag.

Each of the two energy systems has an anchor in your body. The FAST likes to work through your mind. It’s the central terminal of incoming and outgoing impressions, where the FAST system is at the ready.  The anchor of the SLOW is the digestive system. Its process, phases and cycles are vital for the well-being of your SLOW energy system.

Jet lag is a phenomenon where the two systems, the “FAST” and “SLOW” go out of synch. For example, when I travel from Seattle to Israel, a 23 hour door to door trip through 10 time zones, by the time I arrive there my Fast System is in Israel but my Slow System has not yet been able to get in synch with the day/night patterns of the new location.

How do I fast-forward the synchronization of the two systems? If I can do that, if I can accelerate the synchronization of the SLOW and the FAST systems, I will be jet lag free. That’s what my Jet lag free methodology does and what the jet lag free wisdom is about in a nutshell. It’s based on separating or rather treating separately the FAST and the SLOW systems to allow a better synchronization at the place of destination.

Okay, so what does it mean and how can you do it? I’ll go into it on the next post in this series.

© Aviv Shahar

How To Travel Jet Lag Free And The Power Of Conditioning

Traveling can be tough, especially when your energy state and clarity of mind are vital keys to the success of your intended engagement. I just got back from Taipei, Taiwan. Several people had warned me about the jet lag I would face on the return journey. Well, I was tired for a day but had no jetlag at all. The 16 hour door to door journey on my way to Taiwan a week earlier was also great. We crossed 16 time zones From Seattle to Taipei. When I travel from Seattle to Israel it’s a 23 hour journey across 10 time zones. I have had multiple opportunities to practice my jet lag free travel system and it’s working well.  It helps me to maintain high energy and be in the “zone” for our strategy and leadership summits.

How to travel jet lag free? I will explain my “travel jet lag free” system in a series of posts. It’s based on understanding your body, your mind and your energy system. It’s simple and you can do it too. Before we get to that topic though, I have to get this thought out: airplanes, subways, buses and movie theaters are the few places where we find ourselves sitting almost on top of strangers. If you sat so close to a total stranger anywhere else it would seem improper. What’s my point? It shows how conditioned we are. It is okay to sit elbow-to-elbow, shoulder-to-shoulder with a total stranger on the plane, yet the only other circumstance in which we are so physically close to another person for so many hours is if you share the same bed.  Why are we not horrified by this thought? It is because of our social and economical conditioning. That’s right. Most of what we think of as “looks strange” or feels “perfectly normal” is a byproduct of our economical and social conditioning. In some cultures people stand very close and make physical contact as they engage in conversion. In other cultures this would be considered offensive. But regardless of the culture, when we fly we all find ourselves sitting the same distance from each other on the 737 or the 777. The better option is first class, it makes a huge difference, but even there we still are sitting very close to one another and we take it as a given. This is good, otherwise we could not fly. But what else do we take as a given that is not helpful?

In what other aspects, not productive for you do you allow cultural and economical conditioning to run the program?

© Aviv Shahar

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