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soccer As Moving Meditation
10/19/2011 2:46:34 AM
Soccer season is a big event in our small town. Meditation is a daily event in my life. Read how the two intertwine.
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As Moving Meditation
season kicked off a few weeks ago. If you want to find anybody in our little
town of Hermon, Maine (population 3,405) on the next 8 Saturdays, head to the
school field. Parents, grandparent’s brothers, sisters, teachers, neighbors and
fans gather to watch and support the children. Everyone cheers boisterously for
each goal, no matter which team scores.
Good sportsmanship and humor reign in the stands and on the field.
Boys and girls play on the same team. I
am amazed by how many inches they grew over the summer. Boys whose heads used
to stop at my waist now almost reach my nose. Girls who were flat chested at
school’s end now wear training bras. Boys and girls play on the same team and I
marvel at how well they cooperate and give each other strategic advice, hugs
and high fives whenever a team mate has blocked a goal, scored a goal, or needs
am intrigued by how similar the soccer practices and games are to my moving
meditations. Although I will bet
that not one of the coaches would identify themselves as meditation teachers,
they urge their mini-athletes to be present in the now. Here’s how. I hear the coaches
chanting, “ Pay attention. Stay awake. Connect to the earth before you kick the
ball. Don’t pay attention to the
goalie, focus on the ball.” I feel and sense the concentrated intention of the
players to be aware, and present. Furthermore, I watch as they move up and down
the field without getting attached to who scores or even who wins. Detachment
other spectators catch up on their friendships that summer interrupted, I watch
the moving meditation before me and give thanks for all who participate. I am
grateful to be in the midst of flowing awareness where nothing feels forced and
everyone is grounded in their bodies and also ready to be present for the
unexpected. For sure, this sport is an essential life skill that gifts the
players and their fans with focused awareness, appreciation, and community.
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