Are you still losing your shit every time you take a bad beat? Does your heart pump out of your chest before you attempt a big bluff? Are you worried about the chip average instead of the decision right in front of you? If any of these situations ring true perhaps you need a little more “mindfulness” in your life.
More and more the upper echelon of professional poker players are expanding their in-depth analysis of the game into the game of life. Take Daniel Negreanu for instance… the All-Time Money Leader is seemingly on a never-ending quest for self-definition and improvement and he takes being of sound mind super serious.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a lot of the young players at the highest levels, playing the super high rollers and other high stakes poker, also spend a lot of time thinking about life at a higher consciousness.
It’s moved Daniel to write about how meditation and mindfulness can not just help you achieve a little more peace in your life but it can also help you deal with some of the stress associated with playing the game of poker.
It isn’t a coincidence to me that the these guys are successful at poker. All are brilliant minds who would likely be successful without this mindset, but I believe they are exponentially more successful because mindfulness is part of their daily practice.
So how can getting your mind right benefit you on the felt? Check out DNegs blog over at Full Contact Poker: Mindfulness In Poker