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eSports as Brain Fuel Pt.3

By B 'HcK' F
Nov 17, 2005 17:18


Hi again,
this is Part Number 3 of the eSports as Brain Fuel Series I want to share my experiences and the secrets of mental and physical success in eSport with you readers.
If you have not read the past two Articles I'd suggest you to do so to get a better understanding and to maintain the basic principles of how to act and be more professional and successful in any lifetime situation as well as in electronic sports.
You can find the past articles under:
http://www.sk-gaming.com/blog/1352/]eSports as Brain Fuel Pt.1[/url]
eSports as Brain Fuel Pt.2
Enjoy the reading.
So in this part I'll talk about meditation, the ability to concentrate to the peak of possibilities and also the ability to "Take things easy" including examples and techniques useful for any gamer and for the next upcoming Pro-Gamer generation.
Meditation is for me the perfection of Emotional Channelling and how to fight the daily stress at work, home or in sports in the most efficient way and handle it better.
"Calmness is the ideal state in which we should receive all life's experiences," are some wise words from Paramahansa Yogananda, in the book Inner Peace. Yogananda is regarded worldwide as one of the great spiritual teachers melding East and West. Through meditation, he says, one can cultivate a wonderful inner quiet that will melt away stress and nervousness.
I would suggest you to buy this great piece of work and since it only cost around 12$ it's really worth its price.
You can buy it here:
Inner Peace
But to meditate, one must break away, however briefly, from the world. Turn off your cell phone and pager your fax and shut down the computer or just go into a special quite room with a nice ambiance you've chosen for Meditation ,allow no interruptions during this special time.
So some people may ask why is meditating good for me and why should I do it in a quite room and let none disturbing me.
Since I started meditating to improve my concentration and mental strength for stress lifetime situations and inside the eSports four years ago a lot of research not just by myself, but especially by universities and scientists has shown that meditating twice per day for about 20 minutes can actually reduce blockages in your blood vessels, significantly lowering the risk of sudden death by heart attack or stroke and thickens your brain structure.
And honestly who of us can't take 40 minutes time per day to get a better life and working day.
So how do we get started if we never meditated before?
For the people convinced by my previous articles that want to try it and start to see if something has changed for them after a few weeks here is a little guideline on how to start with your meditation exercises.
First of all, where should I Meditate?
The answer is quite simple, you may wish to set aside a special corner of one room, your own private sanctuary, a calm, quiet and peaceful place. You might furnish the area with objects or little things that have a spiritual meaning to you, or you just feel good with them in one room. Use whatever will get you into a contemplative frame of mind.
If you're living near a beach or some woods you maybe want to meditate at a natural place. Singing birds or some time at the ocean listing to the waves or just your garden.
An also important question is, how Should I Sit When I Meditate?
You all know the classic posture is to sit with legs folded and hands resting quietly on the lap or the knees, but in my opinion the key is to find a way that is comfortable for you.
The next thing I always hear is shall I have my eyes open or closed? I also heard people saying "I see those cool Shaolin Films they always keep their eyes closed and they babble some phrases over and over again."
Well,
my opinion and the traditional way of Meditation is that you should keep your eyes open if possible, to keep your eyes open means to keep all of your senses open. The goal of meditating is not to fall asleep as soon as you relax, and believe me I've seen people doing this with closed eyes especially in the beginning or after a hard working day. The status we want to reach is what is called relaxed alertness which is as you've read in the previous articles one of the key abilities of some highly successful sportsmen and also eSport players. You are not seeking a trance like experience or an altered state of consciousness. Keep the eyes "soft" that means do not focus on anything and your mouth slightly open for the breathing I'll explain later.
So how Long Should I Meditate?
Many people and books say 20 minutes, twice daily, but it's not about how long you meditate. It's whether the practice, "brings you to a certain state of mindfulness and presence, where you are a little open and able to connect with your heart essence," writes Sogyal Rinpoche in the "Tibetan Book of Death." This book is also an awesome peace of work and has one of the most mysterious histories in history.
Hidden from the world at large for more than 1,000 years, it was not until the 20th century that it first appeared in English translation, going on to serve variously as an academic textbook. Over the years, it has been interpreted as a quasi-Theosophical treatise, a guide to psychoanalysis and a New Age self-help book. But, extraordinarily, not until now has it ever appeared in full.
The book was said to have been composed by the Indian Yogi Padmasambhava, who is credited with introducing Buddhism into Tibet in the eighth century. Even the Dalai Lama said something quite interesting about the Book.
He said, if we're going on holiday somewhere we buy a map and a guidebook, so we know where we're going and we know what to expect. Then he burst out laughing and said, it's funny, isn't it? People do that when they're going on holiday, but they don't want to do it when they know they're going to die. This is that guidebook.
There are a lot of incomplete Translations you can buy.
But I'd suggest you to buy the one from Graham Coleman which has come out in October 27, 2005 this is the only full English translation ever made of the book and it's as most as interesting to read as for other people Harry Potter is. Well this book is mainly about dead so you shouldn't give it to your little kids.
[url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0713994142/103-9414734-3435025?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance
So lets come back to the meditation times,
No beginner can take 20 minutes a day of meditating, this is because of the unnatural rhythm we got today, we are always stressed or walking around , thinking , doing something. The normal working guy has no time for peaceful rest. So begin with short session about five minutes. Then take a break for a minute.
"It's often during the break that meditation actually happens!" writes Rinpoche. It's also good if you get into the habit to do meditation the same times every day like the monks do. I suggest you to do the first 20minutes or even the first session before you start the day, which means before you leave your home. It's really useful in general to give your day a contemplative dimension. Because without this moments your whole day can be like hell.
This was what I said in the last part too. Know yourself and think about yourself, your work, everything which makes you the person you want to be.
Now we'll come to the more interesting practical part.
How to practice Meditation.
Sit down at the place we mentioned before and get you in a comfortable position. I have to say most of you have seen the Shaolin Monks and how they sit , this has nothing to do with comfort as you know when you try it you'll feel really uncomfortable but for them it's self discipline to handle the pain and stay concentrated.
Now you are sitting, try to relax and make your mind free.
Follow your breath.
First, exhale strongly a few times to clear the base of the lungs of carbon dioxide. It is helpful to review the technique for following the deep breathing method of imagining a flower blossom residing in your lower abdomen as the breath fills the belly, the petals of the blossom expand as you exhale, the petals close back up. Just try it its easy when you don't think about it.
Now allow your mind to rest lightly on an object. Something you like in the room first non moving objects are better for beginners like a picture or some kind of flower or anything else that has a meaning for you. Lightly allow your attention to sit there, quietly and peacefully.
The next step would be to recite a mantra; a mantra is something that protects your mind and keeps it busy. Reciting it over and over again silently will give you together with the deep breathing some spiritual power and concentration getting everything together.
"Recite the mantra quietly, with deep attention, and let your breath, the mantra and your awareness become slowly one," says Rinpoche.
The next step would be to do a guided meditation.
Guided meditation is akin to guided imagery, a powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination toward a conscious goal. Just remember all these techniques and guiding are just practices for the meditation itself. To practice meditation doesn't mean to meditate at all.
The meditation itself is about melting with everything around you it's a state of being and a state of receptivity without expectation, a merging with the Divine. All of the techniques are practice to get to this final merged state.
And it's quite hard to get to this state. Some try for years but on the way to this state you'll see results all the time, every day, being a more focused and concentrated person.
While you may not feel the almost everywhere promised flashes of insight when practicing meditation, its effects will become clear to you later, when you notice that you responded to a crisis with uncharacteristic calmness, or failed to get "triggered" in a situation that would normally get you in rage or makes you angry. Trust in the process, let go of your expectations of achieving everything in a short time, meditation is not a contest, and in the end you'll see the results clearly.
So to come to an end after this long text, I'll attach a typically guided meditation from the sight of the meditating person written by Thich Nhat Han:
Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. (In) Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. (Out)
Breathing in, my breath grows deep. (Deep) Breathing out, my breath goes slowly. (Slow)
Aware of my body, I breathe in. (Aware of body) Relaxing my body, I breathe out. (Relaxing body)
Calming my body, I breathe in. (Calming body) Caring for my body, I breathe out. (Caring for body)
Smiling to my body, I breathe in. (Smiling to my body) Easing my body, I breathe out. (Easing body)
Smiling to my body, I breathe in. (Smiling to body) Releasing the tensions in my body, I breathe out. (Releasing tensions)
Feeling joy (to be alive), I breathe in. (Feeling joy) Feeling happy, I breathe out. (Feeling happy)
Dwelling in the present moment, I breathe in. (Being present) enjoying the present moment, I breathe out. (Enjoying)
Aware of my stable posture, I breathe in. (Stable posture) Enjoying the stability, I breathe out. (Enjoying)
Source: "Blooming of a Lotus"(Parallax Press) by Thich Nhat Han
Well try it yourself and see what is working for you.
I'd like to thank you for patience in reading this text and I'm looking forward to your comments.
Be prepared for Pt.4 in two weeks.

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