Seven Daily Meds You Can't Live Without.

You want to be in control of your body and feel calmer when life and the game gets fast?

Relaxation and mindfulness are life and performance skills that all of us covet. Learning to be "quiet" and living and playing in the "present" requires a re- connection to our inner self. It is in this feeling of thoughtlessness and insight that allows us to be free from the illusions of external events we create in our minds-eye.

Meditation. It has been around for centuries and practiced by Buddhist monks and regular folks alike! With so many different style and techniques, I have made the menu easier for you to choose from each day. The key is to actually read and select from the menu each day. It always gets back to the D word. Discipline; of your time, of your thoughts, of your level of fitness and nutrition and your visual discipline.

All of the 7 meds are centered around our best friend DEBBIE, DEBS for short; ( a full body-silent deep, exaggerated breath; inhale with the nose on a 3 count and exhale with your mouth slowly on a 5 count, you should feel your lungs fill slowly and your heart become warm or cool ( your choice).

Find five to ten minutes daily to take your meds; a quiet place works best, inside or outside, your choice.

Be patient with the process. Its okay to get distracted; don’t try to "not think", impossible to do. Simply don’t select the thought, let it go in and out of your mind freely.

Use the rhythm and calmness of your breath to keep you in the med. The use of a closing word/number/image after each breath will help stay connected and keep you "quiet". Meds are a daily reflection to remind us how quietness and calmness are only a few DEBS away when the game and life get fast.

Schedule time each day so you don’t forget or get too busy. The lasting effect of the meds throughout the day and on the playing field will be directly proportionate to the commitment and quality of your daily med time!

Love meds

Designed to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness toward everything, even a person's enemies and sources of stress. With deep breathes, open your mind to receiving and giving loving kindness to the world, to specific people or loved ones. Imagine your heart being warm and red. Each full breath is designed to send out love and kindness to the world.

Body Wash

Time to feel the warmth and energy in all of your body parts. Take at least 5 DEBS for each body part you select and feel the healing power and warmth of the body part you are on. Feel and see the body part . Injuries or stress points in the body should take longer to wash an melt! As an alternative, you can squeeze the body part for a 5 count with a corresponding color you imagine and then release the body part to a more cooling/ softer color.

Jedi warrior

Eyes open. You will you use the power of the breath and your focus level to steer and move objects. Start with your DEBS with eyes gently closed then eventually open your eyes and focus on objects in your field of vision. With your breathe leading the way and your exhale coming out of your body with your EYES and mouth, move objects slowly toward or away from you. Select and object and make the object appear bigger with your slow eye/exhale.

Patience young Jedi, this will take time to master.

Best Flix

It's showtime. Prior to the main event, count backwards from 50 -1, slowly with your best DEBS. Once you hit 1, the curtain opens and you are now watching your movie of choice. Slow mo, full speed, different camera angles, watching from inside to out, sounds and smells added to make it the ultimate best flix. Continue to stay with your DEBS throughout the film. Select a past performance when you were "on" or create the movements and feelings of where you want to be for next game.

DEBS with a buddy

Pick one image, or a word that you will repeat after each DEB. Commit to the word/ or the image after each DEB.

Fly time

Start with a 25 to 1 slow countdown with DEBS. At 1, you will have a view from outside of your body as if you have left your body for a delightful trip around your surroundings. You will see your quiet body and all the surroundings in the room or outside from up top. Continue to fly and if needed come back into your body for a quick pit stop before re-flying.

Open- Meds

Space. Pay attention to the space all around you and the many images and levels of dimensions in your view. Walk around, interact and pay attention to what and how you are paying attention! Open meds are premised on looking at nothing and seeing everything clearer. Let your eyes naturally scan and sweep the world and simply pay attention to whatever your eyes gaze upon. Open meds allows you to become aware of what and how your eyes are paying attention to the outside world. Don't forget to be aware of the space around all the images and objects you see.

Don't forget your DEBS while you are seeing more and staying in space!

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