Clarity comes when I observe more and foster observance of the nature of “being.” Beneath the entrance to the center court of Wimbledon there is a non-judgmental Rudyard Kipling quote, “If I can meet triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same”. Key in excelled play is to observe rather than judge, otherwise we become hindered by such identification.
As a PRO, I “pause” calming my mind and body. Pausing lessens my play. Relaxing allows me to arrive in the present instead of wandering off in the past or future. The more I “relax,” the more I “open” to whatever arises. When I become more “open” I discover various points of concentration that expand my moment-to-moment attention.
When I pause, relax and open to the “PRO focus zone” I improve my contact point. The volley is an excellent example of this responsive grace.
- Sit every day, even if it's for a short period or several long pauses visualizing mindful tennis play. Remember your ZEN-play is work and work is play!
- Reflect regularly on your aspiration for improving tennis play.
- Use inspiring resources to cultivate further mindfulness and awakened tennis skills.
- Remember off the court you can observe, and lessen the “judgment”; accept what unfolds so as to awaken how you may enjoy greater tennis fun!