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Put Your Mind in the Here and Now With Inspiration

Athletes of all levels talk about the zone.  Quite simply, the zone is a moment in time when one is fully present. We are always searching for inspiration that helps direct us back into the here and now.
Here is an inspirational story of an artist named, Marina Abramovic`, who did something unique at the New York Museum of Modern Art: she just sat there. In March 2010, she was a living exhibit showing her ability to be in the present moment.  She sat in a chair for six days a week for seven and a half hours a day.  People attending the event we invited to sit opposite Abramovic` and stare into her eyes.
“Put your mind here and now, and then something emotional opens,” Abramovic` says. “If you are performing in that way, you are there 100%. The emotional moment arrives for everybody.  There is no way out.  Everyone feels it.  The hardest thing to do is close to nothing.  It demands complete focus because there is no story to tell, no objects to hide behind.”


The story gets more interesting: As this living performance was underway, Abramovic` was unaware of the man making his way to sit before her. Abramovic` and Frank Uwe Laysiepen, “Ulay”, started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.
At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed “The Artist Is Present” as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened:
Do you have the courage to be 100% present? It is challenging, but worth the effort. You do have the power to choose to be in this moment.

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