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Friday, August 25, 2017

Fast Five: Zen and Basketball

"Basketball is sharing." - Phil Jackson 

Meditation starts each day fresh, allowing to us clarity and simplicity. Meditation isn't abstract, foreign, or irrelevant. Great players like Michael, Kobe, and Shaq had a meditation coach. Their mindfulness coach, George Mumford said, “Here’s the key, they’re not competing against them, they are competing against themselves… the enemy is within." Being present and being our best is the goal. 

Bryant understood the goal of mindfulness, "To be neither distracted or focused, rigid or flexible, passive or aggressive. I learned just to be.” 

Jason Kidd discussed meditation as an aid to "play the game before the game happened." If basketball is eighty percent mental, do you want your "mind tool" to function at peak levels

"That's SOFT stuff. Real men don't meditate" or "it takes too much time and privacy." 

Really? Be like LeBron. 

Greatness seeks higher level achievement and a sustainable competitive advantage. We know that meditation reduces our energy consumption, anxiety, and increases brain function (memory) and structure (increased gray matter). 

Here are some mindfulness quotes:

"Nothing is permanent. Make peace with this to reduce suffering." 

"When you live in complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life." - Eckhart Tolle

"If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are." 

"What you don't have cannot help you; what you do have needs no help." - Mooji

"All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you." - Joseph Campbell

If we want to be our best, we must condition ourselves to be the best. Will we shut out training used by the best, because we know better

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