Zen and the art of bowling?

As I mentioned a couple posts ago, I’ve been getting hooked (pun certainly intended) on bowling a bit lately. It’s been sort of a interesting experience for me, because historically I have loathed most sports.

As I get further into it – and, bear in mind, I’ve only been doing it for two weeks – I’m noticing more and more how often my strikes coincide with a detached, dissociative, almost completely blank mind.  I suspect this is what the Zenpeople are trying to acheive with meditation, and I can really see the appeal.

I think I’m getting better at attaining this state – I still can go entire games without obtaining it, but it’s also becoming more and more common for me to have a game in which I bowl a significant portion of the game in this mindset.

There must be a name for this – I’m sure thousands of people have written about the experience – but I’m not really sure what it would be. I haven’t get put ‘bowling meditation’ or ‘bowling zen’ into google – perhaps I’ll try that and see if anything comes back.

I always thought the point of sports was to not think, but it never occured to me that not thinking could be so much fun..

One Response to “Zen and the art of bowling?”

  1. Drachen Says:

    “flow” and “zone” are two words I’ve heard used for this state.

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