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Creating Discipline for Sport Performance
Whether you are a serious athlete or a weekend warrior these tips are helpful to increase focus and help you perform to the best of your capabilities.

Create discipline through centering:

1. Four rounds of Rhythmic breathing can help both lower your blood pressure and bring you to a state of calm before you begin play or whenever you feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed during the game.
Think of your breathing pattern as if it were a box or square drawn on a piece of paper with the breathing in being the left upward drawn line, holding your in-breath as the line on the top of the square from left to right, breathing out as the line going downward on the right side, and then the holding of the out-breath being the line from right to left on the bottom side of the square.

You slowly count the length of your breath going in, being held, or going out that is right for you. The length of your in-breath and out-breath should be the same count; just as the length of the held breath at top and bottom should be the same number of counts. As you practice your breathing, you might find that your square is actually a rectangle. Each person may find they have a different count from another person; and that is fine as we are all unique individuals. Just make certain that you are not strained in your breathing in or out or with the breath holds at top or bottom; if you find you are strained, then change the length of your counts for different sides of your box of breathing.
Once you find the pattern of your square or rectangular box that works best for you, go through 4 to 5 complete rounds of the rhythmic breathing and notice how your body and mind respond.

2. A daily practice of meditation, yoga or a martial art has long been recognized for increasing focus including Tai Chi and Chi Gong.

3. Light a candle, focus on the the tip of the flame and be mindfully aware of what you see, sense or feel as you look into it and with a continuous stream of expression say out loud whatever it is that you see. As soon as you pause or repeat yourself you must to start over. Try to work up to a continuous expression of what you see for 2 minutes . Use a timer or do this exercise with a partner. This may seem like a silly exercise but it helps create intense focus and concentration .

4. Use a Sport Link or a similar focus trainer. Use the program for sports performance for 20 minutes a day or before you run. This is a great tool which has improved the game of many a pro and Olympic athlete in all fields.

5. Visualization of your goal. See yourself reaching your goal and feeling wonderful about it and with 2 fingers gently tap this vision into your 3rd eye ( between the eyebrows) a few times a day and before you compete. This only works if you are free from the killer issues that are blocking you – see next technique.

6. EFT tapping on your acupoints for lack of discipline, nervousness, anxiety, muscle tension, fear or failure or whatever your issue.
This tool is used to prepare yourself ahead of time and to use whether you are competing or just interested in adding more pleasure and satisfaction to your game. This will relieve the stressors and problems you have identified which are inhibiting you from maximum performance. See our book Shift:12 Keys to Shift Your Life for a more in depth explanation of the technique.
We have both had enormous success using EFT with patients. I often use it both for my own golf game and when I am coaching on the golf course. For more information on EFT, opt in to our website at www.12keystoshift.com and you can view our EFT demo video.

Marion Ross Ph.D and Tracy Latz M.D.


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Here is a great example of how the brain reinvents itself and how it can be  trained. We hope that it serves to reinforce the message that we are the creators in our lives, when we choose our path and focus our resources.

This can give you some insight as to why the EFT ( Emotional Freedom Technique), meditation, and other mind body medicine techniques work to create new pathways of neural connections.

Our brain invents and reinvents itself throughout our lives.

Marion Ross PhD & Tracy Latz M.D.

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Be Aware Of All The Beautiful Nature Around You!
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I confess that I was a skeptic until I saw the results for myself yesterday when I added a thousand friends and 600 followers. (yes, I am blocked for 24 hours or more? Haven’t read the rules yet). Like minded folks can connect at the speed of light seamlessly across the continents. We can create almost an instant sense of community, unite in our feelings and share our awareness and create change. Of course the intention and consciousness of the tweeter  is an important element. Twitter is often used as a sales tool, but don’t discount the fact that it is a wonderful way to  also share our passions and connect to create spiritual community as well.

I set up a twibe, yes a twibe on Twitter to promote Global Coherence. We have 11 members after just 24 hours interested in raising  and tweeting about global consciousness together. It’s a start!

Join us on Twitter: www.twibes.com/group/Global-Coherence

Just a tweet away!


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From the De-Stress Kit our Monday Tip!
Exercise can be very beneficial when you are feeling stressed. Often when experiencing anxiety and emotional pain, people don’t have the initiative to exercise. However, if you can exercise even a little, it can help clear the fog and tension accumulated from anxiety, anger and worry. Exercise won’t take away your reasons for getting stressed, but it strengthens your capacity to manage stress with less energy loss. It isn’t necessary to do a total workout to help clear your thinking and stabilize your emotions. Experiment and find what’s comfortable for you, but at least try to get your heart rate up a little even for a short time. As you exercise, try to be conscious not to replay negative mind loops. It helps to balance the emotions and calm the mind by practicing the attitude breathing techniques  while  exercising.

In case you missed the previous post,  here is the technique:
Practice breathing while imagining your breath passing in and out through your

heart area or the center of your chest. Envision yourself as taking a time out to refuel  your system by breathing in an attitude of calm and balance (like breathing in an emotional tonic to take the rough edges off).

The key to making this exercise effective  is to generate the true feeling of calm and balance.You can substitute calm and balance at times with breathing the feeling of appreciation or compassion (or whatever attitude you choose to breathe). This can be done in a quiet place or while walking, jogging, and even in a conversation once you get familiar with it.

Take some time for yourself daily.

Marion & Tracy

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More suggestions from the Heart Math Institute De Stress Kit.

Sleep is especially important during times of increased stress. However, many people can’t sleep well due to increased stress. If you have a hard time sleeping, get what sleep you can and try not to overdramatize your concerns about it, as that only makes it worse. Breathing an attitude of calm and relaxation for five minutes or so before bed has helped many people get more restful sleep. The Internet offers many suggestions for improving sleep, including diet, exercise and stretching. But as with most advice on the Internet, you have to use discretion. Due to increasing problems with sleep issues, many are turning to prescription medications. While medication may be necessary in some situations, people have a tendency to overmedicate in the pursuit of quick fixes. It’s worth checking out alternative methods, in case something simple helps. If medication is necessary, it is wise to follow the advice of a physician.

We suggest the Over Energy correction to cut the chatter in your head or calm you down when you are feeling  overwhelmed. To correct for over-energy: Cross the left ankle over the right, extend arms with backs of hands facing each other, bring right handover left, clasp fingers together, fold arms and hands inward and rest on the chest under the chin; rest tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your front teeth, breathe deeply for 1-2 minutes. It’s very calming for most individuals and can be used as a separate exercise to promote sleep and reduce acute anxiety.

For more information on how to reduce stress click on the link to the Heart Math Institute: www.heartmath.org

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