The power of meditation
The essentials of breathing
The objective and presupposition of meditation is concentration. By shifting the focus to breathing, a fundamental process taken for granted, we learn new ways to amplify perception, manage cognitive abilities and govern negative emotions. This state of renewed lucidity is called mindfulness or self-awareness, a character trait common to successful men and sports champions alike.
Meditation in sport
This almost mystical state of ecstasy, which science calls flow, was formalized by psychologist Juri Hanin (1995) in the model IZOF - Individual Zones of Optimal Functioning, which describes and predicts the optimal and dysfunctional experiences of the athlete in relation to the outcome of the performance. The area of optimal functioning is inextricably linked to the interpretation of one's own experience. Success and failure, in practice, depend on the management of emotions, which play an important role in sports performance, either as an inhibiting or as a facilitating factor.
I felt nothing, I was like outside myself.
The young athlete comments on the most significant match of his life in this way, and while in a match against the opponents of the Golden State Warriors he fought against the paralyzing and asphyxiating pain of mourning. Indomitable spirit and willpower would have not been enough on this occasion and, more generally, they are never enough.