The Great One

By Ben Turshen

Recently, I've been thinking about hockey. Maybe because the New York Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in twenty years. Growing up, I was completely obsessed with the sport. My parents would spend their weekends driving up and down the East Coast to take me and my teammates to our games and tournaments.

As a native New Yorker, my favorite team to watch was naturally the Rangers, but my favorite player was Wayne Gretzky, who didn't play for the Rangers until 1996. Nicknamed the "The Great One", Gretzky is considered the greatest hockey player of all time. He was small for the sport and despite lacking the speed and strength of the other players, he was able to see the game unfold better than anywhere else. He thrived under pressure and when the game was on the line, he always found a way to put himself in the right place at the right time, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been".

Wayne Gretzky's gift was that he played the game with more awareness and presence than anyone else. Vedic Meditation provides that very same gift. It delivers us into the present moment with clarity and allows us to perform at our very best.