Previously I shared that my undergraduate degree is in religion. So when I started meditating recently I recalled the doctrine of karma. Which naturally led to considering pickleball karma.
AnnaLee Suggested I Meditate
A very old friend, we met in 1986, was visiting us in Florida a few months back. AnnaLee is a very perceptive person. She has identified issues with my attitude or mental well-being in the past and offered candid advice. The advise is not always easy to hear, but I have learned to listen to her sage advice.
After a day or two together in The Villages, she noted that I seemed angry all the time. I thought for a moment, and had to agree with her. “Well s&*t, I’m in pain all the time,” I exclaimed. Her advice…meditate. It seemed Oprah and Deepak Chopra were about to begin a free 28-day meditation series. She suggested I download the app and try it out. Since it was free, I was in.
Karma Comes to Mind
Frankly when you begin to meditate you are never certain if you are doing it right. Random thoughts seem to crowd your “quiet” mind. And the sessions AnnaLee recommended included introductory remarks by Deepak…giving you more to think about. One day the topic was karma.
Karma is central to Buddhism. Simply put, it is the “you get what you give” law. If you wish to learn more, please visit this site.
In this world nothing happens to a person that he does not for some reason or other deserve. Usually, men of ordinary intellect cannot comprehend the actual reason or reasons. The definite invisible cause or causes of the visible effect is not necessarily confined to the present life, they may be traced to a proximate or remote past birth.
So what, you ask, does this have to do with pickleball. Everything!
- If you hit a return of serve hard and flat, it is likely you may be pinned at the baseline by a hard return.
- If you start a war (volleying hard) at the non-volley zone, don’t be surprised if the ball comes back at you even harder.
- When you hit a dink cross-court, the most likely return is a cross-court dink return because changing the direction of a ball is difficult.
If you have been playing pickleball a long time, or are a very analytical person…you know there is pickleball karma. You have learned these rules, and hopefully consider them as you select your shot. If you are a brand new player, these pickleball truths may not be as evident. But trust me, there is pickleball karma and understanding that will improve your game.