Wildly interesting post at Catfish Stew about "baseball nirvana":
It was a lesson in the Second Noble Truth of Buddhism: desire is the cause of suffering. By about the fourth inning or so, I had let go of the desire to win. The game became bliss...
...life experiences that involve intense emotional attachment, such as childbirth and sexual climax, causes a chemical called oxytocin to be released in the bloodstream. Oxytocin puts you in a calm and nurturing mood. It's an alternative survival solution to the fight-or-flight stress responses: tend-and-befriend. It's the chemical of social bonding, parent-child bonding in particular.
Perhaps because I've spent the last five days intensely tending to my daughter's illness, my bloodstream is flooded with more oxytocin than usual. The testosterone-driven fight-or-flight response I normally have to the stress of a baseball game got replaced by a completely different and opposite response.
What a great post. Absolutely great. It's something akin to what I've been feeling about the Red Sox, although I have had no particularly nurturing experience of late.