Thursday, October 29, 2009

Entering the Zone

In an athlete's/performers training we can say there are two stages = conscious and unconscious.

Neither can operate the other. The conscious aspect is familiar to all of us because we can read about it, talk about it, think about it and to some It is the only reality Then there is the unconscious ... the lesser known spontaneous aspect.

This is a state that can be recalled only after you've made the play or the performance. And when you talk about being unconscious, you don't know how you made the play ... it was just instinct. You entered the Zone.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Now...ask yourself

When I'm involved in the action of my performance am I vaguely aware of it, and is my focus on the commotion, rather than the opportunity ahead?

Am I aware of where I am and what I am doing, my mind on the performing, my body the instrument with the internal sense of rightness?

Do I have continuous revelatory moments where I relinquish many self made boundaries?

Am I able to find more of myself, by losing myself?

Am I able to become part of y environment, not separate from it with preconceptions, words, old ideas?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Inner Expression

Regardless of the activity, successful athletes/performers say that when that when they are performing at their best they are totally involved in whatever confronts them ... they are with what is.

A performers effectiveness is directly related to the ability to be right there, doing that thing, in the moment. All preparation a performer may have put into the game, all the game plans, analysis of moves etc ... is no good if the performer cannot put this into action at game or performance time.
They cannot be worrying about the past or the future or the crowd or some other extraneous event.

A performer must be able to respond in the here and now. To be with what is. Can you be with what is?