Discovered something useful tonight about vortex.. happiness..flow state..and the fragile and sensitive nature of it
I often go to play snooker (a billiards game) at the local pool hall. It’s a bigger table.. harder to play.. and requires more concentration. I get immense joy playing and competing, when I’m playing well. Its as close to meditation and flow state as I know (next to graphic/web design, my other happy place)…
I’m fully aware how to get into flow state in snooker and I know under what conditions I probably won’t as well (lots of distraction.. noise.. people). I played someone tonight who “turned me off” by his style.. mannerisms.. edicate…table manners. At first, I blamed him for my poor result. But then I realized he is trying to find his vortex/source/flow state as well..
I tried extra hard to lead by example… hoping it would have an effect on him. It didn’t.
But then I remember Hicks said something crucially important in regards to finding vortex: “OTHERS don’t need to do anything to help you.. you get to choose.. “.
During a break.. I went back inside looking for joy.. I tried to remember what about the game makes me truly happy and I stayed there in my mind.. and the result was wonderful.. I played well enough to win, not my best, but I enjoyed it because I found flow.. I stopped worrying about winning or losing.. but I won anyways.
I left the night feeling successful cause I found access to vortex even when the world around me was chaotic and full of interruption..I didn’t play to the standard I’m capable of.. but I left the place with a smile in my heart..
LESSON: The tiniest things can throw you off.. when you take your eyes of vortex/source for even a few minutes… Especially in activities where you think source doesn’t matter.. it always does.. always.. The experience tonight reminds me of the poem, “IF” by Rudyard Kipling (http://mayur.ca/if-by-rudyard-kipling/)
I think I need to pursue meditation…I heard it helps you stay inside throughout the day
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A more in-depth discussion for Billiards players and sports enthusiasts: http://snookerdelight.com/snooker-articles/flow-state-meditation-and-the-chaotic-billiard-room