Sport performance enhancement (applied) science is Zen Mind Power’s showpiece, it’s piece de resistance. ZMP is universally applicable but in Sports performance it really comes into its own. The reason for this is that ZMP has roots in Sport Psychology and of course Zen Buddhism. Zen and performance enhancement go hand in hand like Yin Yang. Chan (Zen ) Buddhism is the “religion”(philosophy) of the Shaolin monks and the once ruling Samurai warrior class of Japan.
In ZMP we use these Ancient concepts (techniques) but only those that are backed up by science (empirical evidence). Flow (psychology), or transient hypofrontality (neuroscience) an evolutionary adaptive feature stemming from persistence hunting and the unifying feature of all altered states of consciousness (e.g. dreaming, endurance running, meditation, daydreaming, hypnosis, and the performance enhancement flow state that ZMP s after) was already known to the Chinese master Chuang Tzu ( the Tao of Flow )
Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Zhuangzi
The birthplace of Chan Buddhism (“Zen is the Japanse name) is the Shaolin Tempel in Henan China. Famous for it’s Kung Fu monks and their supernatural abilities. Shaolin monks can perform incredible feats of mental and physical prowess that appear impossible to us mere mortals. Their days are long and filled with extreme mental (chan) and physical (quan) training. Shaolin monks seem to achieve the impossible, they have developed their minds and bodies in ways that allow them to perform extraordinary feats of mental and physical strength by tapping into their internal “energy” (*see disclaimer) and through physical conditioning. This all through the use of Chan (Zen) meditation, mindfulness, breathing and relaxation techniques. Needles to say that these techniques are integrated into Zen Mind Power (ZMP) teachings. Cnan is said to be based on the original teachings of the Gautama Buddha.
Chan Buddhism spread throughout South-East Asia and ended up in Japan as the state “religion”. Zen is the Japanse name for Chan. Chan fitted perfectly with the way of life of the samurai warrior class. Confronting death without fear, acting in a spontaneous and intuitive way all the stuff needed to make a perfect warrior. The Zen concept of Mushin meaning the mind without mind (a state of “no-mindness”). A mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion and thus open to everything. This concept is what we know now as Flow (Psychology) or transient hypofrontality (cognitive neuroscience) and is a core concept of ZMP performance enhancement.
*Disclaimer: ZMP is based in valid scientific research. Shaolin monks claim to tap into a life force called Qi. This is a pseudoscientific, unverified concept,[which has never been directly observed, and is unrelated to the concept of energy used in science. ZMP stands for scientific skepticism and does not adhere to Pseudoscientific notions.Zen techniques used by ZMP like Meditation, Mindfulness, breathing and relaxation techniques are al backup by scientific research.