The Game of Life

Vinitha Pastor's picture

As an avid football and baseball fan, I can't help but feel a lull between the Super Bowl and Opening Day of baseball, when all you hear about is March Madness and that sport with the guys on ice skates with the sticks. This lull has given me some time to think about how the concept of mindfulness comes into play not only in my experience as a fan but also the players' experience as well. When I attend sporting events, I find that nothing outside the event maintains my focus or bothers me, as I am completely wrapped up in touchdowns, penalties, home runs and strikeouts. My thoughts are only about what is happening in front of me and when I get distracted I utilize my mindfulness skills to bring my focus back to the game at hand. I imagine the player's experience is much of the same. When a player is distracted by trade talks, contract negotiations, or even home and family life, the player doesn't perform as well due to their lack of mindfulness.

Dr. Ronald Alexander discusses in his article the idea that even though there might not be a literal "I" in team, a team is comprised by a group of individuals mindfully working towards a common goal. Success comes from each player being able to be mindfully aware of themself, including the ability to know what is distracting them. If each player and their fellow teammates are able to be mindful then the team will have better results. 

Think about how mindful you are in your own life. Distractions will happen, they're part of life. The challenge is about bringing your focus back to the game of life.