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How to meditate like an Olympic athlete

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To perform at the highest levels, Olympic athletes exercise more than just their bodies; they exercise their minds to handle the pressure of competition. While most of us will never achieve their level of athletic prowess, the mental strategies Olympians use to win are the same practices any of us can use to boost our focus and mental endurance, says Matthew Ferry, author Quiet Mind Epic Life.

An athlete’s life can be extremely intense, says Ferry. “They want to be at the top of their game and be peaceful,” he says. “They need to be in a calm and peaceful state to be able to perform well.”

Mediation provides you with a platform for quieting the noise that’s in your mind so you can focus on your intention, but it takes discipline, says Ferry.

“The world is noisy, and life is busy,” he says. “Everything feels urgent. Taking a few moments for your mental health is similar to taking a few moments to get a massage. To be functional, you need to take care of yourself. It’s pragmatic.”

Many people resist meditation because they think it requires sitting still for long periods of time with your........

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