Recently I've heard sportscasters say that an athlete is "in it" when they are playing well. It means that the player is in the moment and silencing the mind as much as possible.
I sincerely doubt that any of them contemplated that it's like a meditative state. It wouldn't seem right.....
"Brett Favre goes back to throw. The rush is on him, and I can hear him saying "Ohm" from up here. He throws the pass and it's complete! Favre is rushing to the sideline to sit beneath a banyan tree and contemplate silence...."
I do understand the difference however. When I play hoops (which I'm discovering as a long lost passion lately) if I'm in my head about the last missed shot or a bad defensive play, inevitably I don't perform at my best.
So, it's kind of simple to understand how being in silence or "in it" improves performance.
What do I do, however, if I'm fighting depression? It's unbelievably hard to be in anything. One of these days I'll learn how to handle it. But for now, let's just say that I'm not seeking any banyan trees out.
Someday I'll be "in" life.