Lighten the mood? Timberwolves Rudy Gobert embraces the dark

Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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If you have been following the latest trends in professional sports, there is a growing awareness of the role that sensory overload can play in a professional athlete’s career. While I’m no expert in the field, I can say unequivocally that the subject is certainly more common than just two years ago. The solution is to remove the athlete from all senses, in essence retreating to the confines of a dark and still place.

Named ‘darkness retreats’, it is the latest craze of professional athletes. The first reported pioneer to try the method was New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  The second such player on record to attempt to cleanse their mind and center their soul is none other than Minnesota Timberwolves All-Pro center Rudy Gobert:

And so, darkness retreats like Sky Cave Retreats which are nestled into the wilderness of southern Oregon. The concept is undisturbed and continuous meditation, an opportunity to simply ‘just exist,’ as the website proclaims.

In modern times, the premise is that we are so distracted by events around us that we fail to notice and tend to ourselves. That unhealthy distraction can grow into problems. Whether we become depressed, anxious, or simply unhappy, life tends to lose its vibrancy.

In professional sports, the comforts obtained through lucrative contracts can soften the end of athletes. a darkness retreat allows those athletes to return to themselves the competitive fires that inspired them to become pros in the first place.

For Minnesota Timberwolves Rudy Gobert, it’s a chance to join his younger teammates with a renewed passion for professional basketball. Will it really make a difference?  It will as long as Rudy Gobert thinks it will.

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