Something that a lot of people swear by is what is commonly referred to as mindfulness, although it has many different names and guises. Really, this just means having the presence of mind to be able to calmly witness what is going on in the moment, every moment. To allow thoughts to come and go, but not to get swept up in their ceaseless tide. Knowing the importance of this is one thing, but being able to get to that state is quite another, and that’s where this post comes in. As it happens, there are certain sports which can really help you to get in the zone in that way, and practicing them could even lead to a happier life. Let’s see what they are.
If you have ever been rock climbing, you will know that this is one of the best sports in the world for that in the zone feeling. As long as you are not the kind of person who is afraid of heights, climbing a rock wall can actually be incredibly peaceful. If you want a little more calm in your life, then the occasional climb could be a great way to do it. It makes sense to start out small, of course – you don’t want to go climbing actual cliffs just yet. But you might find that your local gym has an indoor rock climbing class which you can get started with – and if you’re the kind of person who gets into it, you might end up going back again and again.
Whatever cultural notions you might have about golf can probably be put aside, as these days it is a sport for everyone and anyone. It is no longer the case that you have to pay a lot of money to get involved in it, with golf specials and memberships being quite cheap. What’s more, it is a calm and centered sport which enables you to compete with your friends in a mindful way and a peaceful atmosphere. The great thing about golf is that you really can and should take your time with it – there is no rush to any of it, and this makes for a great game to play with just about anyone. Consider taking up golf this year if you have not already – it might help you to be a little more mindful in your everyday life.
Similarly to golf, pool offers you the ability to compete with people in a way which is not going to upset your calm. So if you are keen on bringing about a more zen-like quality to your awareness, getting involved in a game such as pool really could be the solution. The great thing about pool is that it has a decent learning curve. You will need to learn some basics if you don’t know them already, but once you do you will find that you can improve relatively quickly. This feeling of satisfaction will help to compound the calmness of the sport, and all in all can make for a most enjoyable evening with any number of friends.::::::::::::: - Chiino I don't do comments around here, so let's keep the conversation going on Twitter. If Twitter's not your thing, give us an email.