At the core of everything we do – be it eating, walking or exercising – lays a powerful, yet often under-estimated machine; the human mind. In an environment that becomes more and more clustered with distractions, noise disturbance and daily life issues, some people forget to take care of their inner health, which can cause a variety of problems such as anxiety, stress or depressive disorder. All the athletes we have the privilege to work with agree on a simple motto: “If you train your body physically hard, you must train your mind even harder”.
There are several ways you can train your mind efficiently and you will only need a few minutes per day to re-center your thoughts and improve on any actions you do.
Meditation is Medication
Meditation is a very effective way to heal many stress disorder as well as strengthen your mind. It is ancient, simple and always works. Exercise your inner power sometimes can surely contribute to its potential. Seek a quiet airy corner, sit and close your eyes, inhale deeply, exhale slowly and listen to the divine within.
It is scientifically proven that meditation helps making a healthy mind; it enhances emotional well-being, stimulates creativity, enlarges memory, develops decision making and problem solving, helps processing information faster ons as well as giving the overall body a physical good health.
Don’t Lose Your Focus
Have you ever walked to somewhere and suddenly forget why were you going there? Have you ever forgot the words you were about to say just because of a small distraction? Always watch your mind. Mindset is the core of everything you are capable for. It makes you become more focus, contribute to your memory and you will get a better result in every movement. Also, focusing and watching your mind can help you track down on your emotions that swiftly change every milliseconds.
When feeling happy, you understand that you are happy but not overwhelmed; when you are sad, you can see you are sad but you are not suffering nor feel lost and when you are angry, you understand that you are angry but you are capable to manage the anger.
Let Things Go
It sounds so simple to do but not a lot of people can actually accomplish to win their own mind. Bad things happen, it’s natural, just like sun dawn and down, like tide getting high and low. Don’t chain yourself up with what happened or what you cannot control. Like a coin that always has two sides, try to look at the good in everything, ease up your mind, forgive, forget and see things happen with understanding; peace is not the only achievement you will get from this; you will most likely figure out a proper solution for the issue as your head is cleared from those mind pollution.
“One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold and we fight to let go.” – Buddha
About the Author
Pierre Gagnon practised concentration and insight meditation intensively from 2010 to 2012, then went on to study meditation at Wat Suan Mokkh with the venerable Ajahn Po from 2013 to 2015. As well as his own practice, he has coordinated meditation retreats in the south of Thailand which were attended by more than 1,000 people.
Having a great passion in the field of neuroscience, he likes to integrate these concepts into meditation practice. He believes that much of our life is lived resisting and defending against internal and external experiences that people perceive as threats. Through the development of concentration and meditation, we can insightfully see that all experiences are harmless and there is no need to defend of contract around them. Pierre has experience coordinating concentration and insight meditation retreats, teaching the relationship that exists between Buddhism and neuroscience.