Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Achieving Zen

My ski instructor looked at me with a puzzled expression.  "Why do you have such a look of consternation on your face?"

"I am trying to process everything you've told me, and everything other skiers have told me, and there are just so many words, and I feel so confused,  and I just want to get this right. I think my hearing disability is interfering with my understanding. It would help me so much if I could just WATCH you ski instead of listening to you talk about it."

I've always been a kinesthetic learner. Tell me; I may not understand.  Show me; there's a good chance I'll get it.

"Why didn't you say that in the first place?" After adjusting his goggles, he took off down the hill. My skiing improved dramatically from that point. So did my mood. 

One of my burdens in life is over-thinking things. The more I think, the more I get my mental state in tied in knots. 

Today, while skiing, it's like my brain could NOT multitask while my body was skiing. I needed to let go all of the verbage and just DO IT. LIVE IT. BREATHE IT. In a sense, this whole downhill skiing experience was a metaphor for my life. 

As I went shush-shush-shushing down the hill (the sound my mind thinks when I'm trying to think without words), as long as I was feeling the sensation of my shins pressed against my boots, and my eyes kept ahead of me on the slope, I got lost in the moment, and skied beautifully. But if I started reminding myself of each of the physical tasks I was trying to incorporate simultaneously, I would go cartwheeling down the hill. The less I analyze things, the closer I get to Zen moments; in skiing, and in life.

Sometimes the hardest thing I have to remember is to let go and breathe.

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