Zane Kekoa Schweitzer is all in, 100% engaged whenever he is in action – which is most of the time. On the water, with people at speaking engagements and clinics or training. Zane lives a life of focus, mindfulness, discipline and planning. How does he accomplish so much? A lot has to do with being fully present, but also his practice of mindful meditation and daily journal writing.
While we aren’t always aware of it, most of the time we’re either thinking about something in the past or what may happen in the future. Mindfulness meditation specifically asks us to use our breathing, posture and mind to remain focused on the present. With gentle discipline, mindfulness meditation provides a different path toward presence. Those who meditate consistently tend to be calmer, even in the face of stressful or challenging situations or other life demands. That’s because they’ve cultivated a stillness within that allows them to acknowledge these thoughts and “stories we tell ourselves” without allowing them to affect their actions or perceptions too drastically.
In February, Zane Schweitzer traveled to Cabarete, Dominican Republic for Master of the Ocean. It’s a watersport competition in four categories which combines surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and Standup paddle surfing. Master of the Ocean challenges the most skilled Surfers, Windsurfers, Kitesurfers and SUPsurfers with 5 days of extreme water skills and showcases the best of the Caribbean. Zane defended his championship of the event for the third time. Once back home, with some time to reflect, he was inspired to share a valuable and important part of his week in the Dominican Republic.
Enjoy his story:
Mindful awareness is important, but making an action to take a step towards what you feel is right or moral can be hard. I love the feeling of commitment I took during this mindful awareness meditation through the action of mindful tapping. It’s as though you become aware of your presence and inner self as you are taking a step toward what you are focusing on by the action of tapping. It is an immediate action of commitment to initially make that step towards the outcome you desire.
I’ve been fortunate enough to learn that practice during my stay in the Dominican Republic for Master of the Ocean, a world championship waterman competition. Coming here I’m immersed with my passion for sport, as well as, the weight of some stress to perform. I came hoping to defend my title as 2x Master of the Ocean champion. Esma helped me by reminding me of the importance of mindful awareness and presence by feeling inside and paying attention to what the body and mind is feeling. Mindful tapping directly affected me by reminding me to be patient. It allowed me to clearly know what I have to do to achieve my goal of becoming Master Of The Ocean Champion for the third consecutive time. (Side bar: Zane did defend his title)
Aloha and Mahalo, Zane Kekoa Schweitzer – Innovate and Inspire