As BMX riders being in the present moment has multiple benefits for us, and is one of the key reasons we practice mindfulness. Being in the moment helps us to be healthier and happier, both of which help contribute to a better session, which is further supported by feeling more energised if we practice staying in the moment.
Present Moment Meditation
How else does being in the moment relate to BMX?
One moment at a time. If you take one moment at a time, you’ll find it much easier to complete a line or hit a jump than if you think of the whole thing. You’ll also find that learning something new is easier if you’re not thinking about something from last night or the future: fewer distractions – more quality riding time.
Worries and fears will start to decrease. I’m not saying you shouldn’t worry about jumping off a roof; you probably should. You’ll find that if you spend more time in the present moment, fears for the future will start to lower and become less of a distraction. Constant worry is effectively sealing your own fate.
You’ll be happier. Who doesn’t want to be happier? Even goths wish to be happier. Staying in the moment will allow you to appreciate those small moments that come and go. You’ll be more aware of them, and slowly you’ll have gratitude for those small moments. The pedal to the skatepark can be as mentally inspiring as nailing that 360 down a stair set.
The Present Moment Meditation Script
Close your eyes.
Let’s honour our breath now, and how it brings us in to the present moment….
Take 5 significant and purposeful breaths….
1… fully inhale….
expanding your belly and chest as much as you can.
Holding it for a moment… And exhale
feeling a wave of relaxation sweep over you…
2… inhale…. filling your entire breathing system with fresh oxygen.
the wave of relaxation gently sweeping over you…
so that you are brimming with air.
soaking in oxygen…
your body now relaxes in different areas,
… any effort disappears…
4… fully inhale….
feeling these breaths purifying your entire body
just notice how you are feeling
a beautiful breath coming in.…
become invigorated from oxygen
Allowing relaxation to sweep over you…
Take note of how you feel at this very moment.
You now have an abundance of oxygen.
This is how we are created to feel.
Breathing deeply and fully is an expression of self-compassion.
Let your breath be natural and notice how abundance feels.
Begin noticing now how the very top of your head feels.
Let your focus move to your eyes.
Noticing how your eyes feel, asking them to relax.
Any small eye movements you notice allow for you to feel calm.
Notice how the back of your head feels against the surface that it is touching.
How heavy does your head feel right now?
Let your focus move to your nose, feeling the slight sensations of the air moving in and out with your breath.
Now focus on your ears and how they feel.
Try to hear every single noise around you.
When sounds come, they act as little waves of relaxation, taking you even deeper.
Notice the sound of my voice and how it soothing it is.
From here forward you can only hear my voice guiding you.
All other sounds passing through only take you deeper into relaxation.
Now focus on your mouth, how does it feel?
And what do you notice?
Moving your focus down your neck and shoulders….and if there is any tension along the way just ask it to release.
Slowly take your attention down each arm, down all the way to each fingertip.
Feel the sensations of touch on your fingertips…. Nice.
Bring awareness to your chest, and also your upper back, relaxing these places.
If there is any tension, just ask it nicely to release.
Now imagine focusing on your heart, and feel it beating strongly, supporting you.
Relax your heart, noticing how good it feels to do so.
Experience the sensations in your lungs.
Feel them gently expanding and contracting with your breath, delivering oxygen to your body.
Moving through your vital organs and digestive system.
Just feel your belly and observe it digesting effortlessly.
Observe your lower back and how it’s pressing against the surface you are on… if you feel any tension…, release it.
Focus now on your pelvis and hips, feeling the sensations you are having here.
This takes you deeper into a state of relaxation. Your awareness is moving down each leg, slowly relaxing them.
Your legs have been taking you so many places over the years…they deserve to fully relax.
This wonderful wave of relaxation moves down, all the way to your feet, and to the tips of your toes.
Good, you became aware of every part of your body, putting you completely in the present moment.
Being present with yourself allows for you to be present in your life.
Now, open your eyes