Since the dawning of my archery obsession I’ve enjoyed shooting within the privacy of my own home the most. Archery may be a wonderful social activity, but that isn’t why I picked up a longbow.
I started shooting to leave the world behind.
Archery was a way to leave the business of life and focus on something simple. Something pure. Something you can lose yourself in completely. In this regard, few things compare to an arrow in flight and the art of putting it there.
Archery is cause and effect and the complexity of the cause leaves little room to think about anything else.
Try to think about paying your bills while shooting a bow. You can’t do it – at least not very well. The act of casting an arrow requires a commitment – mentally as well as physically. You have to give yourself to it to do it correctly and once you’ve learned to do it well, the trivial details of the process suddenly melt away until only the arrow remains.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “arrow therapy” by now and that is precisely what I’m describing, or prescribing for that matter. There are few things in life I enjoy as much as the solace of shooting arrows in my backyard.
Try it…and watch the stress melt away.
Note: I realize there are folks in urban settings who are not allowed to shoot a bow outdoors. I was once in the same situation, but found a way around it with a small practice range in my basement. It was an old Michigan-style dug out basement I couldn’t even stand up in, but I made do by shooting from a seated position. With only 7 yards to work with there wasn’t much I could do but work on my form, but that was enough. All you need is some kind of backstop. I suggest old fouton cushions or large Styrofoam blocks.