We watched an old movie while on vacation this past week called Peaceful Warrior. A little like Karate Kid…and a lot like MKMMA practices! For those of you who have not seen it, it is a good example of what happens when you slow down enough to concentrate on the present and not on the past or the future.
I thought about that movie when I was skiing at Wintergreen this past week — one of the goals on my DMP, or definite major purpose document. As I had envisioned it, the day was perfect for skiing — fresh powder — natural on top of man-made — the sun was out. There were few people on the slopes. I hadn’t skied in over 20 years, but it came right back to me, just like riding a bike! Yes, I did fall, but even that was fun. As I skied down a long beginner run, I worked on my form and though about the message from the movie. I noticed that as I focused on the moment, I was also more aware of the sensations I was feeling — the cold air, the sun, the sound of the skis on the snow. I laughed out loud as I whizzed towards the chair lift — delighted to be alive! The less I was afraid of falling and the more confident I became, the more fun I had. When I was not scared, my muscles worked better and weren’t tensed up, so skiing was easier. I thought to myself that I was in charge of this mountain and was able to control my skis and this helped me stay up as well. Before MKMMA I did not have this awareness of how I can choose my thoughts.