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What a great thread. While familiar with the term Zen, after reading this I realize I lacked an understanding of Zen; still may.  Which might be part of the point?  
I do know that one of the reasons I love to shoot is that it is one of the few places I can close out the noise and be in the moment.
Thanks to all who contributed here. Awesome stuff. The monkey warrior really clicked for me.

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The Japanese word "Zen," in English means "meditation." And according to Tsokni Rinpoche:

 

"Meditation is simply paying attention to what happens."

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So, all those nights "cruising the boulevard" when I was a teen, were considered ZEN (paying attention to what happens)?   

 

YES!!!   Guess I was a way ahead of my time....   :bow:

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This thread is really fascinating to me in part because it sort of confirmed what I stumbled onto years ago for wrestling. When I would get myself all fired up I was in many ways distracted by that extra emotion. 

 

Finally my senior year I started to just isolate myself and listen to music while warming up. Just went into matches super calm and suddenly started to place at tournaments, pin guys who had had my number all my varsity career. That ability to Just go into the moment without being distracted by anything was awesome. 

 

Seeing similar thoughts and feelings from others offers a really helpful perspective along with some useful tips. 

 

Thanks

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1 hour ago, KrymSIX said:

That ability to Just go into the moment without being distracted by anything was awesome.

That is the way to live. :)

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I remember Zen.....attained Zen in the late 80's.  It means becoming so proficient with your firearm that things just flow......   .70 draws on target, sub 4 second El Pres, being able to hit pop cans in the air, shooting clays going away from you with a .45, one second reloads,  making shots that surprise even you.......it's muscle memory......2nd nature.....    Hope I can get it back!

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Had two zen experiences in my life. One was in the police academy during a shooting tiebreaker between three cadets. Shooting 6 bowling pins from 10 yards from holster while timed. Everything seemed slow motion, the sights under recoil were clearly visible through the whole arc, and seemed to magically move and settle on the next pin. When I consciously realized what was happening it went away and I pulled my last shot.

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Except for that last part, :) - that is awesome when that "happens."

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