What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a tool that includes many techniques. These techniques can allow you to achieve many goals, including improving sports performance. This, however, is usually achieved through certain outcomes that are results of meditation and are further utilized as new tools to work with. Some of these tools allow you to control your muscles better, some of them allow you to control your brain better, and some of them allow you to control your mind better. Regardless of what are they actually doing, they always have one thing in common – they allow you to do something better.
Mind and Body
Your body is connected to your mind and vice versa. Meditation techniques can serve you as tools to strengthen this connection and enhance communication between your physical body and your mind. Your mentality is very important in this process because how you think every day affects how your brain works, communicate with the rest of the organism and governs its function. Just by focusing on something and thinking of it on a regular basis you can improve your efficiency with this specific function, perform at it better and be more productive. All you need to do is to start thinking about this process and your brain will get a signal that it needs to develop new neuronal pathways that can enhance your productivity in this particular skill. This is especially true when you start not only thinking about it but also doing something with it, regardless if you’re doing this in real life or imagining it – it still happens within your mind and your brain does not know the difference. It perceives your imagination (that is your microcosm that consists of intrinsic factors) just as real as the reality surrounding you (which is an extrinsic factor).
How to Control Your Mind
By concentrating on the connection between your body and mind, your brain will start getting better at making you feel your body. You will start noticing stimuli you haven’t before. It’s like they weren’t there – you just simply ignored them. Since these stimuli are there to let you know something, you will start reading through them and deciphering them. At some point, you will begin to understand that you do not require to possess a secret power to be able to control your movements, breathing rate, heart rate, your mood and when you get really deep into that – even the mind itself, hormonal response and functions of certain organs. Your body is capable of doing many things and science has proven this many times. All you require is a lot of practice and this practice needs to be structured in a certain way. To put it simply – you will have to train smart, not hard!
Let’s compare mental training to physical training. If you perform mindless repetitions with poor technique, you are never going to get good even if you carry on training for months and years. However, if you hire a coach and they program a tailored training routine that is adjusted to your goals and needs, if they teach you the correct technique and teach you how to constantly improve it, you will start making progress in no time. It is the same with mental coaching. All the deeds that are often being described as the mythical power are actually the things human bodies were capable of doing all the time, it’s just that humanity was constantly ignoring them. We, as a species, focus on unimportant things too much. Physical goods, such as phones, cars or other things that are not as important as we think they are, e.g. thinking about how do we impress others – they all point our attention away from what is really important and by that, I mean our mind and what happens inside it.
Meditation and Mental Conditioning Benefits
By using specific exercises, you will be able to gain better control over your body, regain control over your mind, you will be able to command your body to respond to different stimuli (e.g. stress) in a particular manner but that’s not all. You will learn how to control the energy flow within your body, how to stimulate the energy centres, how to influence your breathing and heart rate, how to completely reprogram your psyche and how to be a different person, a person that you always wanted to be but you lacked the courage the become.
Mental conditioning unlocks the secret power that has been residing inside you all this time, you just haven’t been noticing it because you were focusing on the wrong thins. Now is the time to unleash this power!
How to Start with Meditation and Mental Conditioning?
Meditation and mental conditioning are powerful tools for managing stress, improving focus, and developing greater emotional awareness. While it can be daunting to start a meditation practice or begin working on mental conditioning, there are many resources available to help individuals get started. In this final subsection, we will explore how to start with meditation and mental conditioning, including learning from internet articles, reading books, and working with coaches.
The internet is a vast and ever-expanding source of information on meditation and mental conditioning. There are many articles, blog posts, and videos available that can provide guidance and instruction on how to get started with these practices. To begin with, individuals can simply search for “meditation for beginners” or “mental conditioning tips” to find a wealth of resources. From there, they can explore different techniques, styles, and approaches to find what works best for them.
Reading books is another great way to learn about meditation and mental conditioning. There are many books available that provide detailed instructions and guidance on how to develop a meditation practice or work on mental conditioning. These books can also offer insights into the history, philosophy, and science behind these practices, helping individuals to understand them on a deeper level. Some popular books on meditation and mental conditioning include “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh, and “The Mindful Athlete” by George Mumford.
Working with Coaches
Working with a coach or teacher can also be an effective way to start with meditation and mental conditioning. A coach or teacher can provide personalized guidance and instruction, helping individuals to develop a practice that is tailored to their specific needs and goals. They can also offer feedback and support as individuals work on developing their practice. There are many coaches and teachers available who specialize in meditation and mental conditioning, and individuals can search for them online or through local resources such as meditation centers or yoga studios.
Starting a meditation practice or working on mental conditioning can seem overwhelming at first, but there are many resources available to help individuals get started. Learning from internet articles, reading books, and working with coaches are all effective ways to begin developing these practices. By starting small and being consistent in their efforts, individuals can develop a deeper sense of calm, focus, and emotional awareness that can have a positive impact on their overall well-being.