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Mindfulness “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgemenetal to the unfolding of experience moment to moment”, Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Focus on your Breathing: Most Athletes pay no attention at all to the act of breathing. The average athlete takes: 20,000 to 40,000 breathes per day. A Mindful Athlete has the capacity to check-in on his/her breathing pattern and notice the changing patterns as detrimental or problematic. He/she can slow down the cycle, far simpler. He/she remains anchored in the present moment.
Focus on the Body: The challenge is simply to listen to what our bodies have to say. At the free-throw line – take a second to notice tension in the body and where it may be. As a result, relax the area and slow down before going through the shooting process. A less mindful athlete may rush to get it over and escape the discomfort – leading to a missed shot.
Be curious about your Performance:Rather than: furrowed brows, anger, clinched fists, tantrums, etc – the mindful athlete will greet a mistake with a quizzical expression and thoughtful moment of silence. He/she latches on to the missed shot / poor shots as an opportunity to learn something and grow a little bit. Be open to looking inward, your outward performance will improve.