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My zen moment

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
An amazing thing happened to me during the morning my second day on skis this season.

For a couple of turns it felt like I didn't have boots on, everything happened in slow motion. I could feel my big toe and little toe start the turn, then feel the arch of my foot pressure the ski and ankles roll. It felt like the edge of the ski was directly under my toes. The strange thing was the feeling that I didn't have boots on. I could feel all the bones in my feet working to drive the ski.

It happened a week and a half ago, I don't think I'll ever forget that feeling.

Has anybody else ever felt that ? It was so cool.
post #2 of 5
I had a very similar experience while night skiing about 3 or 4 years ago. I felt like (this will really bring on the comments) I was "one" with the skis. I could feel every little nuance of the turn and every slight touch of the edge on the snow. It was amazing and my skiing improved right then. Since then I have been trying to recreate the sensation (it lasted for several runs) with varying amounts of luck.

Q. What did the Zen Master say to the hot dog vendor?

A. Make me one with everything.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
We have a picture of one of our friends while we were at Vail that we "call one with snow". She is a ball of clothing mixed in with a 18"dump.

Good joke.
post #4 of 5
I had a similar feeling some 25 years ago sliding my car around a 45 mph turn at about130 mph using up both lanes when I had to drop one rear wheel onto the shoulder to squeeze back onto my side of the road to avoid an oncoming car
(I know, I used to drive too fast).
post #5 of 5
The concept of being in the "zone" runs through all sports, and other disciplines as well. I've felt it skiing, and I've felt it while playing piano. Basketball players talk about the hoop getting bigger, baseball players the same with the ball.

It's hard to create this, but it happens. I try to not control the situation too much, but be totalliy aware of what's happening. To stop the internal monologue ("bend your knees" etc.) and just become a part of what I'm doing. If I'm improvising I can't think about how fast or melodic I'm playing - it's not spacing out, it's total focus, but without an awareness of self.

Probably the most addictive thing about skiing is getting this taste, because unlike other sports and activities - when you're in the "zone" you're flying down a mountain at speed - much more exciting than making a 3 point shot!
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