She listened as he explained, "I love that my mind has to focus and it is like I leave everything else behind. There is no room for anything else but the route in front of me."
She nodded her head in agreement. "That is why I also love Yoga. When you practice, each posture requires that you pay attention to expansion, creating greater space. Then when you layer attention to breathing in and out at a particular count, the mind becomes very preoccupied with the practice and the concentration draws your energy inward. The final step is to add visualization of the expansion or the internalizing of the energy, the movement. This continuous focus and concentration is where the mind becomes tamed. But the final step is letting go. It is a resting in the quiet nature of mind. In Yoga this happens when you suspend the breath, either after inhale or exhale. In climbing, it is where you stop reacting to the sensory information."
"What do you mean?"
"In climbing for me, when I know the route, I have practiced both physically and mentally and I know exactly what I need to do, I have to give up the urgency to do it. I want to do it, but I have to practice the letting go of the immediacy of the desire. I actually sit and tell people how many tries I will do, when I will return to try again. This allows me to settle the over anxiousness that is so easy for me when it comes to failure. I have to make it okay to fail even when I shouldn't."
That is the zone where all things become possible, both in climbing and Yoga, in life. When we reside in the present moment, that is true freedom.