Published by the Globe and Mail on November 17, 2017 Written by Louise Hudson
Clear the head, eradicate fears, control breathing, increase focus and maximize the physical and scenic experience – a new drug? No, it’s mindful skiing, the latest instruction tool for winter sports.
Before spreading to North America, the mindful momentum started in Europe with programs such as “Mastery Spirit” at Val d’Isère, ski therapy in Les Arcs and mindful skiing weekends at Grand Massif.
In Canada, Vipassana meditation practitioner Rupert Arnett says his skiing experience has gone from radical to radiant via mindfulness. “Rather than bombing down the hill at Lake Louise, Sunshine or Kicking Horse, now – with no sense of clutter inside me – I’m able to focus patiently on each run, allowing me more enjoyment and peace,” says Arnett, a volunteer at Vipassana Alberta and B.C.
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