Occasionally I like to draw stories and experiences from other sports, and today I’m inspired by Tennis “ACE” Novak Djokovic and his use of mindfulness meditation!
He is considered to be the most consistent of the ‘big four’ players since 2011, and displays excellence in almost every aspect of the game. So how does he do it?
Amongst his stamina, technical tennis skills and good grace if he loses, he has an ability to recover from the most heart breaking loss of his career in the 2015 French Open final, only to win Wimbledon a few weeks later.
So where does this mental strength come from?
Djokovic explains that he practices mindfulness meditation for 15 minutes every day.
What is Mindfulness?
It is a way of paying attention to your experience in the moment. A mindfulness meditation typically involves focussing on your breath, and bringing your attention back to that focus every time your mind wanders off. Sounds simple enough, of course it isn’t but with practice it does get easier.
Interestingly, Djokovic sees mindfulness training as just as important as his physical training.
What’s the theory behind mindfulness?
These days mindfulness has reached our offices, our schools, our sports gyms and our iPhone apps, so why?
Several psychologists have demonstrated that mindfulness enhances athletic performance by improving concentration and accuracy, and by making it easier to play ‘in the zone’. Important skills that translates into other spheres of life!
However, Djokovic remains the only top Tennis player to have gone public about his meditation practice but there is growing confidence and expectation that others will soon follow suit. Are you one of them? Are you already practicing mindfulness and with what results?
If your curious or want to share your experiences, get in touch…..we’d love to hear more!