Meditation – Imagery

Athlete Sports MeditationEver witness a “David versus Goliath” athletic event where the smaller, seemingly weaker opponent triumphs over an apparently superior one? It is these inconceivable upsets that leave us in awe, attempting to understand the pivotal circumstances where momentum shifts suddenly in favor the underdog. But to no avail, as the moments blur into one another, we are left trying to make sense of it all. This, strangely enough, is when we catch a clear glimpse—when nothing makes sense. Call it letting go or surrender, we generally have our greatest insights when we can’t make heads or tails of what is happening.

This is the primary reason why the secrets to success escape most people, because they cannot access the more subtle inner dimensions that allow players and coworkers to function as one unit and in perfect harmony with one another. We’ve all observed this effortless perfection in nature: ever watched a school of fish or a flock of sandpipers in flight? If we are not playing in harmony with the field, it is only because we have become to numb and cannot feel it. It seems that most scientific breakthroughs have come at a time when the scientist least expected it… by an apparent accident when they were looking in the other direction. What few notice is that it is an echo of having used one’s creative imagination in the past, which later gives expression to their dreams.

Said Albert Einstein, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” And said Pablo Picasso, “Everything you can imagine is real.” And also Kurt Vonnegut, “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

Well, this seems to be what has happened with athletics as well.

While most coaches are shuffling around loose statistic pages on their desk in search of answers, an unexpected solution has emerged from within the athletes themselves who often dream of being successful. Imagery confounds even those that have been practicing it for years without the slightest idea where it is leading them. What is it? The key that allows one to imagine their future on a clear white canvas? It is what many expert trainers now consider the Holy Grail of elite athletics.

Are you ready?

Meditation. Yes, good old fashion meditation enhances visual imagery, and consequently, allows anyone to mold there world! That is, utilizing one’s imagination to isolate a visual image of their body’s movement during physical activity. Simply put, “If you can perceive it, you can achieve it.” That is, if you can imagine it, then it must emerge into your physical world as your new reality. This of course, is nothing new to the world of spirituality and philosophy, yet applying it to one’s athletic endeavors changes the entire athletic scene and business world. Suddenly, many relatively unknowns are on par with the crème de la crème.

Yet before one can paint a precise image on the canvas of one’s imagination, they must first clear their canvas—empty their mind and consciousness. If not, one may as well splatter more paint over a Jackson Pollock portrait. Thus, knowing how to clear one’s mind properly is the first step and one vital key to finding “The Edge.” Find out how to give yourself The Edge.

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