Buddhism - Competition - TI
I happened to read an article yesterday on the compatibility of Buddhism and Competitive Athletics. I'm not sure who the author was, but it can be found on the thoughtshappen.net website. It talked about focus on the "now", albeit primarily in tennis, and "stay[ing] in the moment". I particularly liked a comment regarding the focussed way that Roger Federer conducts himself during matches:
"...for a bad shot the most the replay usually shows is a slow closing of both eyes, like he is closing it out of his mind. Which came first, I wonder, the Zen-like on-court serenity or his flawless playing?"
I was immediately struck by this comment and its similarities to TI. It seems to me a win-win situation for TI; which promotes a "Zen-like" serenity in the water and a "flawless" approach to the sport of swimming. In this way, TI would appear to be perfectly compatible with competition swimming.