Zen Philosophy all begins with Awareness. You may ask why…..
Awareness is a consciousness of observation. In this state you are in the present, in the moment, and in a state that is clear and observant. Once you become the observer of your mind and not self-identified with your random thoughts and emotions, you become empowered to create your thoughts and emotions, becoming a person of intent and personal power.
Once you become consciously aware, you no longer self-identify with random thoughts and emotions. In this calm state things slow down, you see things that you may have overlooked. Your subconscious is free to initiate action in a way that takes the psychological tension, doubt and fear out of its influencing position over your physical actions. In a way it is like you are in a free zone where your actions are pure and true.
When we look at great players we see the Zen Philosophy! They are able to be in the moment, to leave the last shot behind them. They rise above the tension of the situation and play in the present. They know about the use of breathing and of a single minded focus. Concentration and awareness training is a way to strengthen these qualities like lifting weights strengthens our muscles.
Awareness and mental concentration is something that is built on day by day. A little ground is gained each time we do it. You will use these techniques on the course in the midst of our play and as part of our pre and post shot routines, keeping you focused and mentally sharp is what Zen Philosophy is all about.