Sometimes when we ride, we have a certain place we are afraid to go, or a certain thing we are afraid to do.
Or you may be terrified of hearing your name being called to go into the ring, or when its your turn to go into the starting box for your cross country round.You can prepare yourself in advance in order to prevent fear arising with some of these exercises, “cultivating” calmness in your body.Just follow this routine or adapt it to suit you.
Bring yourself to the present moment and give yourself a sense of stability by counting the breath.
Remember the principles of Wu Ji and put the tip of your tongue just above where your gums join your teeth, this helps your Chi to flow. Relax the root of your tongue.
- Then use the techniques you have learned to make sure your body stays relaxed.
- Relax your hands by breathing to the centre of your palms, keeping your armpits open.
- When your hands have relaxed, relax your hips by breathing into them.
- Now breath to your hands and hips together, continue to breathe to your Tantien .
- If you feel tense, breathe to the different body parts where you feel tension.
- You are now breathing to the Tantien, counting the breath, breathing to the hands and breathing to the hips.
- While you do this, begin breathing to your feet?
- You are now breathing to the Tantien, counting the breath, breathing to the hands and breathing to the hips,
- Focus on doing all of this very well, to the best of your ability as you perform whatever it is that was worrying you.
- By focusing on your body and consciously relaxing it like this, the physical symptoms of the emotion of fear are prevented from manifesting, then your relaxed body will allow you to do what ever it is you have to do.
- You may find another combination of exercises work for you, this particular combination that has proved to be successful.
Focus on doing all of this very well, to the best of your ability make it your main focus and then either go by or do whatever it was that you were worried about.