Training your attention to follow your breathing is not a mental game technique. In fact, it’s an ancient practice dating back thousands of years.
Given the frenetic pace of modern life and the fact that we are now so used to demanding instant results and satisfaction at the push of a button or the swipe of a screen, how can we approach this work which demands consistent, daily effort?
I get messages weekly from golfers, athletes from other sports and performing artists like musicians who are intent on doing this training but many get frustrated as they seek to either (1) get it right, (2) force it to happen (3) analyse it and (4) look for results.
All the same problems which interfere with the delivery of fluid motion and leave you frustrated with your performance in golf, sport and the arts!
Yet people just can’t help bringing this same attitude into the practice of Meditation; it seems that’s just the default setting of the Western mind – and one which we are trying to dissipate through our following of the breath.
What’s coming into play also is the mind’s refusal to give up its mistaken belief that it already knows everything or that Meditation can be approached in just the same way that we approach any other area in our lives where we are trying to be successful, from goal setting to work projects to gym training and so on.
This is a humbling path and one which asks you simply to do the practice – sitting quietly, following your breathing for 15-20 minutes a day.
It’s simple, but not easy.
To help you, I will soon be announcing the opening of the Chi-Performance Community which will be an online forum where you can post comments, questions and feedback, interact with others doing the training and get encouragement and guidance from me to maintain your practice and apply it during golf, sport or when performing on stage.
This journey, the Chi-Performance way, is for the most part a journey into the unknown.
It’s a journey which will take you beyond the ordinary, everyday mind and into the realm of the mind~body connection. From here you will have the ability to deliver movement that is fluid, powerful, effortless and precise, so that you can perform, even under pressure and win.
But it all starts with sitting quietly each and every day.
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