Today, I attended a seminar given by Dr. David Burton. A segment of the training centered on the concept of mindfulness. Most of our daily thoughts focus on future tasks, upcoming deadlines, and past events. Rarely do we focus on what we are doing right now, in the moment. This is unfortunate, as we operate best when our mind is clear. Our mind can only be clear when we focus on our existence in the present.
Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and focusing on what our senses immediately perceive are paths to mindfulness. Jiu jitsu does this for me. Drilling technique, rolling, and even the camaraderie after class as we sit around and bullshit are all very experiential. I can’t pinpoint why jiu jitsu has this effect, but my mind is clear and I function in top form after class.
What works for you?