Posted: November 12, 2016The bow and arrow is one of the oldest tools we have. Archery builds focus and flow. It requires understanding and controlling our bodies but it also requires that we kind of become ‘one’ with our tools. There is all kinds of great advice about archery out there, and some so-so advice. I think the best way to see archery is it is a way to learn flow. So what do I mean by flow? Well, flow is the perfect moment where intuition and action meet and the result is a shot on target from a long distance. There are all kinds of technological aids that are used with modern compound bows that help to remove the ‘human error’ as it is called. I don’t see it that way. For me, the human element is an intuitive sense that can be as accurate as any laser guided contraption.
In the end, anything we use with our hands must be controlled by the body in harmony with the mind. By giving over more control to technology, to kind of guide the process, we are not eliminating the human error, we are just pushing back the human experience with technological control. I remember my first bow. It was bend from a fresh branch with a piece of cordage attached and a few twigs I found as arrows when I was a young boy. To be sure, materials like fiberglass and aluminum help us make the collapsible bow I now use, but I have stayed with the traditional compound bow because it puts me in touch with my mind and intuition in a way that is not easily achievable with newer technology. I have a pretty good shot at over 55 feet too :)