This week the 2022 Winter Olympics started in Beijing. Now, I must admit that I'm not that into watching the Winter Olympics generally, but I do enjoy watching the odd event just to admire the amazing skills of the athletes.
The one event that does capture my interest however is the Curling. There is just something about the sport that is on the one hand totally ridiculous and on the other completely mesmerizing. I remember watching it with friends many years ago purely to make fun of it - but then becoming completely hooked.
There is something about the slow, measured pace, the concentration of the athletes, and their level of skill and focus that makes it an almost contemplative sport to watch. Who knew that pushing a rock (or a cat) over ice could be so absorbing?
A couple of years ago I wrote a piece on the mental focus of athletes which I repeat below. Hopefully there are things we can all learn here to help us in our practice.
'Experiencing the whole body, I shall breathe in,' thinking thus, he trains himself.
'Experiencing the whole body, I shall breathe out,' thinking thus, he trains himself.
'Calming the activity of the body, I shall breathe in,' thinking thus, he trains himself.
'Calming the activity of the body, I shall breathe out,' thinking thus, he trains himself.