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Mindfulness and Rules for Meditation, Sports, and Life

The following attitudes on meditiation are taken from Mindfulness in Plain
English by Bhante Gunaratana.  I recommend everyone read this book.

The process of meditation is delicate and the result depends entirely on your
the state of mind.  Bhante writes rules for meditation in Chapter 4.  These
rules, written below, should be adapted not just to meditation but to all of
your athletic endeavors and to life if you wish to be successful and at
peace.  

Follow these rules in all of your athletic pursuits and in life:

1.
 Don't Expect Anything

"Treat the whole thing as an experiment...don't be anxious for any result
whatsoever".  Your best performances will come when you least expect it.

2. Don't Strain

"Don't force anything...Just let your effort be relaxed and steady".  Straining
will lead to injury and poor performance.  Your best performances will feel
easy.  Run easy.  Never run hard.

3. Don't Rush

"There is no hurry, so take your time...Anything really valuable takes time
to develop".  Rushing won't get you anywhere faster.  You will stumble.

4.  Don't cling to anything, and don't reject anything

"Let come what comes...make yourself comfortable with whatever
happens...don't fight with what you experience".

5.  Let go

"Learn to flow...Loosen up and relax".

6.  Accept everything that arises

"Accept your experiences even the ones you hate...don't condemn
yhourself...exercise a disinterested acceptance at all times."  Top Ironman
athletes and tennis players on the tour are able to follow this rule.

7.  Be kind to yourself

"Be gentle with yourself...you may not be perfect, but you are all you've got
to work with".

8. View all problems as challenges

Success is a series of failures.  Look at negatives as chances to learn and
grow.  Rejoice, dive in, and investigate problems.

9. Don't dwell upon contrasts

Don't dwell upon differences between people.  So what if he or she appears
bigger, stronger, faster, more physical in appearance.  Rather than note
differences with your competitors and judge yourself against them, notice
your similarities.

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