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The Mindful Athlete: Secrets To Pure Performance

Introduction to the Paperback Edition 15Foreword Phil Jackson 17Introduction The Zone 25Chapter 1 Ass on Fire: The Five Spiritual Superpowers 35Chapter 2 Mindfulness: Eye of the Hurricane 65Chapter 3 Concentration: Focused Awareness 99Chapter 4 Insight: Know Thyself 143Chapter 5 Right Effort: Forget Thyself 187Chapter 6 Trust: The Space between the Thoughts 219Acknowledgments 237Notes 241Bibliography 245if(typeof performance.mark !== 'undefined' && typeof performance.measure !== 'undefined')performance.mark("Product_Tabs_loading_end");performance.measure("productTabsDur","Product_Tabs_loading_start","Product_Tabs_loading_end");Related Subjects Sports Psychology Sports PsychologyEditorial Reviews05/25/2015Debut author Mumford teaches mindfulness techniques to champion athletes, including Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. But the advice he packs into this book isn't just for athletes: his tips will come in handy for anyone's performance. After an opening testimonial from Phil Jackson, Mumford lays out his five "superpowers": mindfulness, concentration, insight, right effort, and trust. "These spiritual superpowers are interconnected and they work together," he counsels. In fact, he points out, the first three are grouped together in Buddhism as "the threefold training." Mumford soon delves into specifics, explaining, for instance, that mindfulness promotes concentration and insight, right effort helps create a positive mindset, and trust makes the other powers possible. Mumford emphasizes the importance of stepping out of one's comfort zone, but in a slow and steady way to avoid burnout. It's understandable to be afraid of taking a leap of faith, he writes, but the alternative can be unhappiness and spiritual demise. Mumford outlines how he's lived all these principles and applied them to the teams with which he's worked. He doesn't shrink from the grittier parts of his own story, including a serious heroin habit that these principles helped him overcome. This straight-talking, practical guide will earn a keeper spot on many bookshelves. (May)

The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance

Michael Jordan credits George Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership of the Bulls, helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships. Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom and countless other NBA players turn around their games. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford is sharing his own story and the strategies that have made these athletes into stars in The Mindful Athlete: The Secret to Pure Performance. His proven, gentle but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques can transform the performance of anyone with a goal, be they an Olympian, weekend warrior, executive, hacker, or artist.

"The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance" is a book written by George Mumford, a mindfulness teacher who has worked with athletes and teams in the NBA, NFL, and other professional sports leagues. The book provides insights and practical strategies for using mindfulness to enhance athletic performance and promote overall well-being.

In Part One, Mumford provides an overview of mindfulness and its application to sports. He describes how mindfulness can help athletes reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and awareness, and enhance performance on the field or court.

In Part Two, Mumford offers a step-by-step guide to developing a mindfulness practice. He provides practical exercises and techniques for cultivating mindfulness, including breathing techniques, body scans, and visualization practices. He also describes how to apply mindfulness to specific aspects of sports performance, such as goal setting, injury recovery, and competition.

In Part Three, Mumford offers insights from his work with professional athletes, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal. He describes how mindfulness helped these athletes achieve peak performance and navigate challenges on and off the court.

Overall, "The Mindful Athlete" is a practical and insightful guide to using mindfulness to enhance athletic performance and well-being. It provides practical exercises, strategies, and insights that can be applied by athletes at any level of experience. The book is written in an accessible and engaging style, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in using mindfulness to support their athletic goals.

Share Email Facebook Twitter Add to Calendar 09/26/2017 7:00 PM 09/26/2017 8:30 PM America/New_York George T. Mumford, author of The Mindful Athlete Sports Psychology and performance expert and author will be at the Roanoke College Cregger Center Arena to share his secrets of success through Mindfulness. You don't want to miss this! 041b061a72


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