A “Centering Breath” for Golf

Eric Armstrong
2 min readApr 26, 2021

Any time you need to be centered, focused, at your best, and HAPPY

This post is for people who do anything where it’s possible to make a mistake…

I have an “energy-based” meditation practice, developed from Kriya Yoga and Raja Yoga. Recently, I was challenged to combine my practice of meditation with my golf game.

A short while later, inspiration struck, in the form of a “centering breath” that raises energy and elevates mood, bringing one fully and happily into the present moment!

Serendipitously, when I began building a yoga meditation bench for a friend, she requested that I “build it with love”. That turned out to be a great request — in fact, some of the best advice I ever got.

Now, woodworking is another area where mistakes are all too easy to make. And that can get frustrating. I found the Centering Breath to be enormously helpful. First, bringing me fully into the present helped to eliminate mistakes. As Jayne Storey teaches, that sort of “mindfulness” improves performance.

Second, elevating my mood made it easier to forgive myself when mistakes did occur. As friend Gary Albitz observed, golf is a game of constant self-forgiveness!

So why does a centering, energizing breath help you to forgive yourself? Let me share my impressions.

From what I have observed:

  1. There is an energy that runs through the universe. (Check out the “Electric Universe” on YouTube. There is a great deal of experimental evidence for that model — in contrast to the current paradigm, where “gravity” is thought to be the only force at work.)
  2. Energy-based mindfulness meditation connects you to that energy.
  3. That energy that is experienced as love, in my estimation or, in other words, bliss.

I haven’t had a chance to try it at the range yet, but it’s working fine in home practice, and has been tremendously helpful in other areas, like woodworking, and even driving. (Every stop light is an opportunity to practice!)

Update:
Since writing this, I have had a chance to try it — while playing a round. Not only did I finish the round in style, I was flying for the rest of the day. It works. Beautifully. The only trouble is that some of the techniques it incorporates take a week or two to really get down. They involve small muscles that need to be perceived, internally. It only needs a few minutes a day, but those few minutes need to be spent each day for a week or two, until you find them!

I’d love to set up Zoom session to share that practice with others. The breath is the easy part. The tricky bits are the internal energy activators. They’re tough to teach. And like any other skill, it takes practice to master them. Even more, like artistic sensibilities, it requires refining your senses to perceive them.

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Eric Armstrong

Eric Armstrong has written books on weight loss, golf, meditation, & yoga. He even builds a Yoga Meditation Bench. Turns out it’s an Ancient Tradition!