Anirban Lahiri

Meet India's meditating golfer Anirban Lahiri 'zoned in' for Presidents Cup

When Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri narrowly missed out on qualifying for the US Open in June he didn't sit at home during the tournament sulking. Instead, he checked himself into a meditation center in rural Massachusetts and spent 10 days in total silence.

"I find it healing. I find it soothing," India's first Presidents Cup player told CNN Sport's Don Riddell.
"It allows me to get away from what we call life. I play golf for a living, somebody else drives a taxi for a living, someone else sits in front of a computer. That does not define us -- who we are actually defines us."
Lahiri practices a 2,500-year-old form of Buddhist meditation called Vipassana which means "to see things as they really are." He's been doing it since he was 17 years old.
No cell phones or laptops were allowed during the residential course he recently attended in Masschusetts which aims to teach participants the art of self-observation.
It's a form of mental training which uses breathing techniques to calm the mind and coaches the individual to reflect on their own existence and become more aware of life experiences.

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