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Sports | Communication

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Hi, and welcome to day one of the communication pack. Now communication in sport can mean so many different things. It might be how we relate to our training buddies, it might be to our team, to our coach to our support staff, whatever the setup may be. But it's primarily how we move away from a very reactive mindset where we're speaking either from an overwhelming sense of emotion without the kind of clarity of thought, or very much sort of caught up in a storyline, which isn't necessarily reflective of the situation. Instead, we move towards a more responsive mindset. A mind which is able to step back and see thoughts, emotions more clearly, to see them for what they are, and in doing that, to create some space, so that we're able to listen and communicate more effectively. Now in this pack, we're gonna use mindfulness of breathing. So an exercise that you're probably already familiar with. We're gonna change it just a little bit, just to allow for a little bit more space in the mind, a greater sense of letting go of any particular storyline, that might be running in the mind. But right now if you, just like to get yourself set up in the usual way, so sitting up right, relaxed and yet at the same time focused. Eyes open, a nice soft gaze. And when you're ready, just starting with some deep breaths in through the nose, and out through the mouth. And with the next out breath, gently closing the eyes. As you begin to notice a different physical sensations, body on the chair or on the floor, the hands, the arms resting on the legs, and just starting to notice any sounds around you now. And then you should bring the attention back to the body now. Just starting to notice how the body feels, starting off at the top of the head, gently scanning down towards the toes. Not trying to change anything, but just noticing what feels comfortable, what feels uncomfortable. And as you become more aware of those physical sensations, you're starting to notice the movement of the breath in the body, so that rising and falling sensation. To regain weight just noticing whereabouts, you feel that, whether it's in the stomach, chest, diaphragm, just taking a moment to notice. And as you continue to follow the breath, just starting to notice each breath, in a bit more detail now, and noticing whether the breaths are long or short, deep or shallow. Noticing how each breath is different than the last. And as you continue focusing on the breath, just starting to notice the out-breath in a bit more detail now. So still aware of the in breath, we're paying special attention to the out-breath, noticing when it begins. Following it as the body exhales all the way to the very end. Noticing if the breath again is long, short, deep, shallow, is it smooth or irregular?...


# of sessions10
Duration10-20 min

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