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Eckhart Tolle

“Any sport person knows that any thought interfers. You are not in the zone. You’re in the zone when there is no mind activity. There’s simply looking and action, looking and action. Whether it’s hitting a ball, throwing a ball … There is a vast intelligence that does not require the breakdown of reality into […]

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Terry Orlick

“Entering the Zen zone means becoming one with and inseparable from the essence of what you are doing during the moment that you are doing it.” “… get to know Zen on an internal level by just being in the moment and going with your feelings, intuitions, and simple connections.” “Zen can never be forced, […]

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The Titans of the Zone

article also on tennisplayer.net by John Yandell – vol 10-8 Nov. 2014 In a recent  article I outlined multiple components of the so-called “Zone” as described by top researchers and athletes in many sports. The article showed that there probably is no one Zone and the experience and the process of reaching it can be different for […]

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Drew Ginn

Conversation about the Zone with Drew Ginn, 3 times Olympic gold medalist in rowing Damien: Many athletes report having a different type of perception/vision sometimes called ‘soft eyes’ when they are in the Zone. Did you experience this? Drew: The gaze or soft eyes is something we have worked on greatly. In a rowing boat […]

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Michael Lardon

  “The Zone is not only attainable by elite athletes, it is attainable by ordinary people like you and me.” “Simply put, the Zone is a mental state in which your thought and actions are occuring in complete synchronicity.” “Tough we are all born in the Zone, we spend most of our lives living distantly […]

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Michael Murphy

“I began to realize that there was a side to athletic experience more complex than conventional sports wisdom accounted for.” “For the mystical moment occurs as often as it does in sport in part because you don’t have to have one. You are simply there to have a good time or pursue a particularly delicious […]

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Peter Spang

“For me, the key is that you need to reach a space of high physical intensity.” “When you have given everything, when you have burned through layers and layers of energy, when you don’t know where you will get the energy to play the next point, then you have a chance to suddenly move into […]

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John Douillard

“The Zone is reproducible. You don’t have to wait and hope for it to come, you can create it.” “This exercise high, in which dynamical physical activity coexists with the inner experience of composure and calm, is not exclusive to athletes; it can be reached by anyone, regardless of his or her level of fitness.” “The […]

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Joe Parent

“We spend much of the time “asleep” to the present moment, preoccupied with thoughts about the past and future. However, our inherent capability to be aware means we can “wake up”. “Intuition is a kind of knowing without thinking or analyzing. Intuitive mind directs the body without conceptual thoughts.” “Give up control, to get control […]

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George Leonard

“But I know that there are other voices, other realities.” “There is a flow in the universe. Our task is to join it.” “Our training in aikido calls for no theoretical study. From the beginning, we realize the multiplicity of perception and being through direct experience.” “Master Uyeshiba wrote : “The secret of aikido is […]

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