Success in Golf and meditation. The same skills?

By: Graham And Julie

When we say to people that you need the same skills to be asuccessful golfer as you do meditator it usually raises a hugelaugh. Golf and meditation are miles apart. Some often suggestthat in hitting the perfect Golf shot you need to be in afocussed meditative state, but that's as far as it gets.

What do you think?

I know. You think we're crazy. But let's look at the evidence.Let's just look at what's needed to be a successful meditatorand you can decide whether the same skills and behaviourpatterns are needed to be successful in golf.

Meditation, at least in our experience is very rewarding butextremely frustrating. We often feel that everything is great.Our concentration is high and we feel really peaceful and happyonly to find the next day that we are back to square one andcannot focus at all. Our thoughts are all over the place.

During meditation we invest many hours thinking about ourstrengths and how we may improve.

We know that in order to be successful we must sit down andpractice every day. In fact, at least twice a day. We know, toour cost, that we cannot afford to miss a practice session.After all the more you practice the less surprises you get.

The key to success is our thoughts. If we can get our thoughtsright the rest will follow. If we can keep focussed on ourstrengths and positive thoughts then we can access our naturallypeaceful and happy selves. To us negative thoughts are no more,no less than waste thoughts. They are a waste of our time andeffort because they don't produce anything they just take awayfrom us.

The feelings you get from meditation is so addictive that beforeyou realise it meditation becomes the key to your life and youcan't manage a day without it.

Food is so important to maintaining concentration. When we eatthe correct food, food that is high in nutrients and vitamins weperform better.

At the same time we must ensure that we drink enough waterbecause if we become dehydrated then our performance isimpaired. In other words instead of meditating we fall asleep.

The correct amount of Rest and Sleep are important because ifyou skimp on either then you don't perform. You cannotconcentrate. You cannot focus the mind. If your concentration ishigh then you reap the reward. If your concentration is low yourmind wanders and sleep invades the space.

Meditation is a solo sport. Although, we can and do sometimesmeditate with a group. Although we can sometimes feel we performbetter when meditating with others. The bottom line is it is meand my connection, me and my thoughts. It is not a team gameeven though others appear to be doing the same thing.

But perhaps the most interesting of all is what makes us andother mediators keep returning time after time.

WE LOVE THE CHALLENGE

People who meditate love the challenge of calming their minds.We love the thought that it is possible to rid the mind of allthe rubbish and concentrate on our strengths. We love doingthings that test our skills. We love questioning our ability.Meditation like Golf is the ultimate challenge because it hasnot been beaten. There is no one who has completed the perfectround. Although we all strive to be perfect, we are involved inpursuing an activity where perfection is impossible. Thereforeit is the ultimate Zeigarnik effect.

The Zeigarnik effect: named after Bluma Zeigarnik, a Russianpsychologist is the drive within us to complete tasks. That partof us that cannot stand the fact that something is incomplete.Hasn't been finished.

Both meditation and Golf are tasks that are, by their verynature, incomplete tasks. They cannot be completed. There is noperfect round. No one alive has reached that perfect state ofbeing. Thus people who follow Golf and meditation are drawn bythe fact that it cannot be completed. If it was possible tocomplete then we would leave them and try something new.

Therefore we are addicted to meditation because we are addictedto completion. The fact that we always leave our meditationwithout reaching that perfect state of love, peace and happinessmakes us return to try again. To move towards "completion".

Is it the same for Golf? Are you addicted to that perfect round?Do you constantly return to the course to improve your handicap.Are you in search of the "completion".

We have many friends who have retired to perfect their golf.Many of them now see their job as playing golf. Everything elseis secondary. They like us want to learn. We all want tocomplete the task. We want to be able to say we have completedthe ultimate challenge.

Good Luck

Graham and Julie

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