Mindfulness & Sports?

July 5, 2018

 

With the FIFA World Cup into the next phase I'm reminded of how much mental effort, teamwork, training, strategy, tactics, and even luck go into winning. Mindfulness training can help all of this.

 

Competition is a word that derives from a Greek verb meaning, "to seek together". The idea being that when we have someone to race or fight with, each of us can improve our performance.

 

Basketball is big in the USA. And one of the biggest names for a long time was the Chicago Bulls team that contained Michael Jordan and super teammates. When asked why he was so good he said something like, he was better than others because he had missed more shots than anyone else. He combined his talent with effort and was able to work as part of a stellar group of players.

 

Their coach, Phil Jackson, included several techniques of mindfulness to help his players develop as individuals and introduced them into team practice which helped everyone more effectively work together. Describing himself as a "Zen Christian," he even wrote a book about his experience. He called it, Sacred Hoops (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sacred-Hoops-Spiritual-Lessons-Hardwood/dp/1401308813).

 

I quite enjoyed reading Sacred Hoops when it first came out and am planning to recommend it as a reading choice to sporty individuals enrolling into my new Mindfulness program. Wishing you much awareness and joy, Helen

 

 

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