National Geographic Documentary on Shaolin Monks:
If Shaolin Monks are able to enter a state of meditation where our assumed limits are diminished or are eliminated, then why are we not integrating such techniques into the performance of all tasks? It is the mind which creates both illusion and reality, thus disciplining one’s mind must be the focus of athletes seeking consistent peak performance. Being able to enter a state in which the body is loosened from the confines of our poor understanding of what is and isn’t possible would only serve to encourage us to dream bigger.
What could professionals – both athletic and non athletic – unleash if they could free themselves of their fears, regrets, and emotional burdens? What would happen if the weight of failure, jealousy, hate, frustration, and self-preservation were eliminated? What if all professionals trained their minds as much as their bodies – if meditation was integrated into smart training programs – then we do not have the framework today to conceive what would be achieved.
“Researchers can verify that after prolonged periods of meditation, such as the years spent in monasteries by Tibetan Buddhist monks, the so-called hard wiring of the brain may undergo permanent changes. Primarily, the centers that light up on MRIs when a person faces sudden stress don’t react in long-term meditators. The neurological centers for anger, anxiety, alarm, and reflexive fight-or-flight appear to be quiescent.”
Deepak Chopra. The Third Jesus, New York, Three Rivers Press, 2008