Every athlete has heard about the great experience of “being in the zone” – where time stands still, action moves slowly, and your performance seems to be super-fluid and easy.
But the problem has always been how to achieve that state more frequently. It seems so random and out of the blue. But now there is a way to cultivate that state so it occurs more and more often, and in a way, becomes a steady state of operation so one’s game and one’s life become great! That way is through meditation, a quieting of the mind/body, a clearing of the chatter – a great deal of research on this has been done with the Transcendental Meditation technique.
This research shows that people who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique have a faster reaction time, increased energy, and a calmer, more focused mind. This is significant for performing better in any sport.
A 2011 study done in Sweden, showed that peak performers, specifically world-class athletes, have significantly higher degrees of brain and psychological development than the average population.
The study was conducted by Dr. Harald Harung, associate professor at Oslo University in Norway and Dr. Frederick Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. The study compared 33 athletes who placed among the 10 best performers in the Olympics and World Championships, and compared them with 33 athletes who actively train and compete at a senior level but don’t normally place among the top 50% in the Norwegian Championships.
The researchers also found that the level of brain integration in world-class athletes is similar to that seen in individuals who had practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique for an average of seven years. This suggests that if you want peak performance, then you need advanced development of your mind as well as your body.
This is another article in our Mind/Body Connection Series. Call Coach Neer at Silent Mind Sports. Today and start your work on your own balanced mind/body connection for excellence in performance.