Many, if not all of the elite practice some form of meditation. Bones Jones, GSP, Benson Henderson… even Nick Diaz practices some form of meditation.
Some fighters call it prayer, others call it visualization, some call it NLP/NAC, Disengaging the Ego, Superbrain Yoga, looking inward, finding “the zone”, connecting with nature, seeing the worst case scenario and working through it, seeing the best case scenario and attracting that reality, and, I’m sure countless others that I’ve left out.
For the sake of this article, I’m going to call it “meditation”.
So, does it work? And if so, what does it do?
Well, many folks might disagree on how meditation works – from subconscious mind activation to chi to God’s holy blessing. But, where people tend to disagree considerably less, is on the effectiveness of meditation, which is much easier to measure.
From enhanced faculties & brainwaves, to improved kinesiological responses (both strength and speed), to increased aptitude (such as measured levels of flexibility) to improved levels of technique & triumph over adversity (these last two tend to be specific to visualization)
So, if we call it so many things, what IS meditation?
Meditation is the act of connecting with something outside of what most people define as our physical body.
At the moment, scientists are unable to detect any measurable difference between connecting with a tree, or with a deity, however, if you look at many quantum physicists they will tell you that we are all mostly an “empty” field, and less than 1% vibrating energy which is deciding weather or not to become form. However, most of us perceive the world as separate from ourselves, so, for the sake of illustration “outside of our physical body” is the easiest reference point to make. There are, of course, meditations which specify upon focusing on the breath, which is “inside the body” – the focus is outside of the normal definition and perception of the “self”
So, rather than specify a type of meditation, and, there are many, instead, this article’s purpose is to say: “Try meditation and find one that works for you”