There’s a famous movie called, “The Hustler,” with Paul Newman.
It was later remade, and called “The Color of Money,” with Tom Cruise.
It was about a pool shark.
In the original, there was a very cool scene where the hero was having a picnic with his girl.
He was complaining about his life.
About how he hadn’t accomplished much.
How he always had to scrape for money, and never really could hold on it.
He was comparing himself to all the rich guys he played against.
How they had much better lives, families, relationships.
But then he described what it was like to play pool.
How all the worries and stressed evaporated.
He described with Zen-like beauty.
How the pool cue became part of his arm, and the balls were an extension of his thoughts.
His girlfriend noticed, and sat up.
She told him that because of that experience, that he was a “winner,” not a loser like he thought of himself.
That he had a great gift, one that men had sought for ages.
The magical state of “flow,” where there is zero resistance between thoughts, actions, and outcomes.
Sports psychologists study this their entire careers.
Athletes chase this experience like heroin addicts chase the dragon.
This state is accessible to anybody.
It’s not what you DO, but what you don’t do.
When you can shut off that inner critic, get out of your own way, and jump into the never ending flow of life.
The infinite unfolding of history.
It’s very easy to trip over our own feet.
To stand on the sidelines and try to “think” our way through.
But if you are willing to “let go” just for a little bit, you’ll enjoy the ride of your life.
This is our natural state.
Before we surrounded ourselves with electronics and fake social signals and TV shows filled with imaginary characters that are all competing for our attention.
Consider leaving your home for a few hours.
No device, nothing electronic.
Not even music.
And just walk among a crowd.
Notice the energy.
Defocus your eyes and your brain, and tap back into the collective unconscious.
Open your mind and feel the crowd as one.
This is who you REALLY are.