Sunday, September 22, 2013
Archery and Meditation
If your shots are being affected by distraction or nerves, pick a single word that you associate with someplace calming. A patch of woods up in the mountains, the ocean, a white rail fence that goes for miles. Associate that word with that place and repeat it in your head to bring you back to that mental picture for a couple of seconds. Then go back to your shot process with a calmer state of mind and more focus.
Zen in the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel, is short read, but I pick up something different each time I read it.
Do you see your practice time as meditation, or something else?