Recently I created a type of meditation called, the “Now” Meditation, inspired after talking mental toughness with a former New York Yankee. Here it is:

1. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths (in through the nose for four seconds, out through the nose for four seconds).
2. Clear your mind from thoughts and external distractions by repeating the word, “now,” bringing you to the present moment.
3. Your mind may wander, this is normal. When this happens, just accept the thought or distraction and go back to focusing on the word, “now.”

One of the keys to sports success is relaxing under pressure. With the “Now” Meditation, you will be able to relax any time, any where, whether it is before a competition, test, or presentation. Kung-fu masters use something similar called xi sui to keep a clear mind.

With practice, this meditation will also help YOU become more focused, relaxed and able to do your best when it means the most.

Practicing the “now” meditation only takes a few minutes, so there’s no excuse not to do it, even on holidays.

Speaking of holidays…

Happy Fourth of July!

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center

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