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"Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally."1
Professional athletes are using mindfulness to improve their on-field performance.
Mindfulness is a tool that primes you for playing in a flow-state of peak-performance.
Being completely focused in the present moment, distractions fall away, you're relaxed, yet powerful. Everything comes to you more easily. It's more fun. It's FLOW.
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How'd you go with that meditation? What thoughts did you notice? Did you learn anything about your breath? How did your body feel and what sensations were there?
Whatever your experience was, it was 100% correct. You correctly practiced mindfulness. By simply bringing our attention deliberately into the present moment, we cultivate our mindful awareness.
While it may be simple, it's far from easy. Similar to competing in a sport. We all aspire to compete in our best form every time we take the field, court, pitch, rink, or track. Every athlete also knows that it is easier said than done.
It's easy to succumb to doubts, fears, and negative self-talk. It's easy to focus on our failures, our limitations, and on not making mistakes. It's easy to play the victim after a questionable call, an untimely injury, or playing time frustrations. Yet, with mindfulness, all of that drops away.
We let it all go. We use our mindful awareness to play and live in the moment. We find the freedom to choose how we will respond to any challenge thrown our way. We immerse ourselves in our actions with greater enthusiasm. We share. We contribute. We create.