Mind – Body Oneness

Thich Nhat Hanh

Excerpt from The YOGA of POOL – Secrets to Becoming a Champion in Billiards and in Life
(by Paul Turner)

It is true that through the power of mind management we can affect physical reality; however, because we are ultimately a combination of both gross and subtle energy (yin and yang), it is also true that the mind will follow what the body tells it.

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains that by nurturing the oneness of body and mind, and by listening to our body, “we are able to restore our wholeness …. and as body and mind become one, we need only to calm our body in order to calm our mind.”

Just like the body, we need to feed and exercise the mind. Success talk is an effective way to do that. However, for this method to be truly effective, you must first understand that the mind is not you, but rather just another tool at your disposal that can either help you or hurt you. It can be your friend or your enemy. It’s your choice. Just as a knife in the hands of a criminal can be dangerous, that same knife in the hands of a trained surgeon can save a life. The knife is neither good nor bad; it is how we use it that matters. The same goes for the mind. Make it your friend from now on; believe in yourself and start playing great pool!

The perfect yogi is of “steady mind” says the Bhagavad Gita:

One who is not disturbed in spite of the threefold miseries*, who is not elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind. 
(Bhagavad Gita – verse 2.56)

In the same way, a great pool player will be a master of his mind and will never become disturbed if behind in game or overly elated if he is in front. Free from attachment, fear and anger, his mind will be as calm as a great lake.

Later in the book, I will provide some confidence building exercises using techniques borrowed from Neural-Linguistic programming and other mind/body disciplines.

In the next chapter, we are going to focus more on the practical side of improving your game, beginning with learning the world’s best aiming system.

*Threefold miseries are the miseries pertaining to the body and mind, miseries caused by other living entities, and miseries resulting from natural disaster.

Excerpt from The YOGA of POOL – Secrets to Becoming a Champion in Billiards and in Life
(by Paul Turner)


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