Four months ago, I did a blog post about the new popularity of archery as a sport, particularly in schools. Today, my 12-year-old son participated in the Texas State Archery tournament. There were some jitters involved with this, and the kid was nervous, too. : ) I’m happy to report that T performed very well, scoring a personal best 262 out of 300 (we’ll find out rankings and how his team did as a whole later). If you can’t tell, I’m one proud Mama!
But the jitters involved in competition brings me back to the post I did last Friday, about Pressure. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform, often in clutch situations. I’ve spent the last week thinking about that, and determined I need more Zen in my life. Stress is good for you in some respects, especially as a motivator, but too much isn’t a good thing. So, Zen.
Or, in the words of that great poet, Mr. Lebowski, “The Dude abides.”
This will sound weird, but I often find my Zen in the gym, especially at the end of a hard workout. There’s just something very centering about it. I do my best thinking on the elliptical, too. Sometimes, though, I’ll be in such a hurry that I’ll skip my workout to fill that hour with something else–usually something that will add to my stress, rather than remove it. That’s also when I notice I’m crabby, easily freaked out and tired. Huh, pushing my body makes me less tired–odd, right?
Over the next two months, I’m going to try to find my Zen in the gym five times a week. Y’all keep me honest, okay? Then I’ll let you know how I’m feeling in April.
How about you? What’s your Zen activity?