BY KELLY HOWELL
You’ve worked and worked on that slice but nothing seems to change. Or, when the game is close you freeze on the putting green and the ball seems to take on a life of its own. Or, you often get distracted and forget to follow through when you tee off.
Have you thought of trying meditation to improve your game? Why not?
Meditation helps you relax, become centered and grounded and, in this state of deep relaxation you can visualize a perfect game. Studies have shown that visualization that engages all of your senses is a powerful agent to improve your game. Visualizing a perfect stance, addressing the ball, the perfect swing that has you hitting the “sweet spot” every time, perfect follow through, etc., results in a vastly improved game. Research is able to support this theory.
So, just how do you start meditation? We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation, but it sounds so hard! Well, it really can be as simple as setting aside a special place and time every day and getting to know yourself better. All you have to do is relax, breath deeply and let go of your everyday worries.
One of the problems with learning to meditate is you can feel a little silly just sitting there. Most beginners report that as soon as they decide to sit down and meditate, all of a sudden they start thinking of a thousand better things they can do instead — even the laundry!
There are a variety of technological breakthroughs that can help you get started meditating and enhance your meditation experience. Brain Sync is one resource you can utilize to assist you with developing your own successful meditation techniques.
In the meantime, here’s a quick checklist to get you started:
Meditation Technique 1: Mood
Set aside an area in your room that is your own special place. Decorate it with rich pillows, throw rugs, incense, candles — whatever suggests peace of mind.
Meditation Technique 2: Compose Yourself
You can sit or lie down, as long as your spine is straight. This allows the natural channels of energy in your body to open up and flow freely.
Meditation Technique 3: Breathe
Slow, deep, regular breathing that starts from the nostrils and ends up deep in your diaphragm — hold the breath — then let it out slowly. Imagine your lungs are being moved by a slow gentle wave, going in and out, over and over.
Meditation Technique 4: Relax
Begin by slowly, intentionally relaxing all your muscles, starting at your feet and ending with your neck, head and face.
Meditation Technique 5: Visualize
Create an inner oasis in your mind, a beautiful place you want to return to again and again. You can imagine a healing sanctuary, a mystical temple, or a sanctuary in nature with waterfalls and hot springs. Add elements to your inner space to help you relax and feel nurtured. When you feel completely relaxed, imagine what you want most to happen in your life, whether it’s coming out of exams with flying colors or having the relationship you dream of, visualization is a powerful method to bring your dreams to reality.
Meditation Technique 6: Feel Emotions
Infuse your visualizations with emotion. Use your imagination to trigger positive emotions — such as love, recognition, success. Feel the visualization as if it is actually happening.
Meditation Technique 7: Time
Choose a time when you won’t be disturbed. Zen monks meditate for exactly 25 minutes a day.
Meditation Technique 8: Repetition
The more regular you can be, meditating 25 minutes a day, the easier it gets. Choosing the same time and place helps the automatic meditation response, and within a week you’ll start having deeper meditations.
You don’t have to spend years sitting on a mountaintop or beneath a Bodhi tree to realize the benefits of meditation. New technologies such as Brain Sync can help you achieve your goals.
Kelly Howell is the preeminent authority on brain wave technology and meditation. Her CDs and free podcasts are available at Brain Sync.