The Mindful Athlete

Secrets to Pure Performance

The Mindful Athlete

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. Mumford’s deeply moving personal story is unforgettable. A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved. The meds that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin. After years as a functioning addict, Mumford enrolled in Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, and made meditation, on and off the cushion, the center of his life. He kicked drugs, earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology and began teaching meditation to inmates and others. When Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls to play baseball in 1993, the team was in crisis. Coach Phil Jackson, a long-time mindfulness practitioner, contacted Dr. Kabat-Zinn to find someone who could teach mindfulness techniques to the struggling team—someone who would have credibility and could speak the language of his players. Kabat-Zinn led Jackson to Mumford and their partnership began. Mumford has worked with Jackson and each of the eleven teams he coached to become NBA champions. His roster of champion clients has since blossomed way beyond basketball to include corporate executives, Olympians, and athletes in many different sports. With a charismatic teaching style that combines techniques of engaged mindfulness with lessons from popular culture icons such as Yoda, Indiana Jones, and Bruce Lee, Mumford tells illuminating stories about his larger than life clients. His writing is down-to-earth and easy to understand and apply. The Mindful Athlete is an engrossing story and an invaluable resource for anyone looking to elevate their game, no matter what the pursuit, and includes a foreword by Phil Jackson. "Self-consciousness is when you’re focused on how you’re doing instead of what you’re doing. We have to learn how to push and challenge ourselves, but not in an insensitive way. Honing your performance really comes down to being comfortable with being uncomfortable."—George Mumford

A Still Quiet Place for Athletes

Mindfulness Skills for Achieving Peak Performance and Finding Flow in Sports and Life

A Still Quiet Place for Athletes

Find flow and reach peak performance—in sports and in life. Based on the groundbreaking Still Quiet Place mindfulness program, this workbook provides practical, step-by-step exercises and skills to help you gain present-moment awareness and achieve your athletic goals. Are you looking for unique ways to "get into the game"? To enhance your training and find focus? You aren’t alone. Increasingly, athletes and coaches—from amateur leagues to professional football champs to Olympic athletes—are incorporating mindfulness practices into their training. That’s because mindfulness can help you lower your stress levels, connect with the moment, and mentally bounce back after setbacks. So whether you're a sports enthusiast or a professional athlete, mindfulness can also help you deal with physical aspects of training, such as fatigue, aches, pains, injury, burnout, and exhaustion. Written by holistic physician, mindfulness coach, and long-time athlete Amy Saltzman, this practical workbook offers mindfulness-based skills you can use any time throughout your athletic career, as well as in daily life. You’ll discover what the author fondly refers to as the “still quiet place,” and from the vantage point of that stillness, you’ll be able to observe your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations—before and during practice and competition, between events, after a miss or significant loss, or exhilarating win. You’ll also find skills for dealing effectively with teammates and coaches, as well as skills for coaching mindfully. A parents guide is also included. No matter what sport you play, 90 percent of performance is mental. With this workbook as your guide, you can use mindfulness to enhance your training, competitive performance, and your life beyond athletics.

You Can Improve Your Memory

You Can Improve Your Memory

Having a good memory isn't just important in school or at work. It's essential to success in all areas of life. In this easy-to-follow title, readers will encounter straightforward techniques and shortcuts to help enhance the power of their memory. From memorizing a speech to remembering peoples' names and faces, this text is an invaluable resource on how to train the brain for peak performance. Included are simple techniques readers can use to improve memory as well as a variety of specific methods recommended by experts. Improved storage, retention, and recollection are within anyone's reach with this informative guide.

Performance Excellence

Stories of Success from the Real World of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Performance Excellence

Performance Excellence: Stories of Success from the Real World of Sport and Exercise Psychology provides concise and effective lessons on a variety of psychological skills and broader concepts within the domains of exercise, sport, and performance psychology. These skills and concepts include team cohesion, dynamics, and leadership; goal-setting, motivation, and adherence; exercise identity, athletic identity, transitions, and self-awareness; mental training; mindset; and facing and overcoming challenges such as anxiety, burnout, and rehabilitation. Each chapter includes a short educational piece that centers on the select concept and subsequent examples that highlight how the concept works in real life. At the end of each lesson a few takeaways are provided. Over 60 stories of real-world examples provide poignant and compelling lessons and make the material come alive. These stories show the reader in an accessible and engaging way how to apply the sport and exercise psychology concepts outside the classroom. Ultimately, Performance Excellence serves as a wonderful resource for students, as well as for sport and exercise practitioners.

The Mindful Musician

Mental Skills for Peak Performance

The Mindful Musician

In The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance, author Vanessa Cornett offers guidelines to help musicians cultivate artistic vision, objectivity, freedom, quiet awareness, and self-compassion, both on- and offstage in order to become more resilient performers. Contrary to modern culture's embrace of busyness and divided attention, Cornett's contemplative techniques provide greater space for artistic self-expression and satisfaction. With the aid of a companion website that includes audio files and downloadable templates, The Mindful Musician provides a method to promote attentional focus, self-assessment, emotional awareness, and creativity. The first of its kind to combine mindfulness practices with research in cognitive and sport psychology, this book helps musicians explore the roots of anxiety and other challenges related to performance, all through the deliberate focus of awareness.

Emotional Intuition for Peak Performance

Secrets from the Sages for Being in the Zone

Emotional Intuition for Peak Performance

Reveals a structured mind-body system for cultivating effortless action and intelligent spontaneity for peak performance • Details 4 fundamental habits and routines that are essential for developing peak performance and explains how to incorporate them into daily life • Explains the cognitive science behind the development of expert skills and how the teachings of ancient Eastern sages align with these scientific findings • Offers practices for cultivating physical and mental intelligence, fasting the mind, and harnessing creativity to achieve your desires Integrating the wisdom of the ancient sages with modern science, Jason Gregory explains how world-class artists and athletes reach peak performance--and how you, too, can harness this “lifestyle technology” to make your actions effortless, enjoy intelligent spontaneity, and reach optimal performance at a peak level. Drawing on modern cognitive science, Gregory explains dual process theory, which divides mental activity into two spheres: cold cognition, analogous with rational thought, and hot cognition, based on emotional intuition--a theory anticipated by ancient Eastern thought, especially the teachings of the Chinese sages. The author explains that peak performance is impossible to achieve by relying solely on cold cognition as it cuts you off from the energy reserves necessary to excel. He shows how the athletic concept of being “in the zone” is based on practices that have become energized by hot cognition and thus instinctive. Outlining a structured training system that blends hot and cold cognition, the author identifies four fundamental habits and routines that lay the foundation for a healthy embodied mind and mindful body and thus are essential for developing peak performance and success. He explains how these training methods are practical applications of ancient wisdom from Zen and Taoist traditions, such as wu-wei, as well as how they are supported by recent medical research. Building on the four fundamentals, he offers practices for cultivating physical and mental intelligence, fasting the mind, and harnessing creativity to achieve your desires. Gregory explains how, with regular practice, we can use the four fundamentals to create masterpiece days. And, as the masterpiece days compound, you build an unstoppable momentum where success is inevitable.

The Vegetarian Sports Nutrition Guide

Peak Performance for Everyone from Beginners to Gold Medalists

The Vegetarian Sports Nutrition Guide

Exercise, train, and compete at your best on a vegetarian diet. Few segments of the population are more mindful of their food intake than athletes and vegetarians. This book combines the unique demands of sports with a healthy vegetarian diet that can help you build energy and endurance and reduce body fat. Whether you are carbo-loading before a marathon or fine-tuning nutrition to get the most out of your workout, registered dietitian and elite vegetarian athlete Lisa Dorfman provides step-by-step information on how to customize your own sport-specific nutrition program and calculate a personal dietary plan for training The Vegetarian Sports Nutrition Guide includes personal stories of athletes who have made the switch to vegetarian diets from football players and wrestlers to ice skaters and marathoners, some of whom have beaten life-threatening illnesses with the help of this lifestyle. Lisa Dorfman provides a rich array of tasty and diverse vegetarian recipes, menus, easy-to-use charts, and food guides for vegetarians of all types, from the semi-vegetarian to the fruitarian. She also shares the training secrets of seventeen Olympic and world-class athletes who have used their vegetarian diets to achieve peak performance in their careers and optimum health in their lives.

Mental Training for Peak Performance

Top Athletes Reveal the Mind Exercises They Use to Excel

Mental Training for Peak Performance

Mental Training for Peak Performance teaches you that sweat isn't enough. "To play well, you have to learn to channel the emotions, both the highs and the very lows."--Pete Sampras, number-one ranked tennis player in 1994 "If you haven't done your mental homework in training, you don't have anything to fall back on when you face."--Margaret Groos, 1988 Olympic marathoner "If you can expect the unexpected, you can emotionally lick anyone."--Benji Durden, 1980- Olympic Marathon Team Before you can win on the track, court, links or slopes, you have to win in your head. Now, a top sports psychologist reveals the mental strategies champion athletes use to excel in a variety of sports, from cycling to downhill skiing, marathon running to mountain biking, golf to tennis. Includes strategies used by: Mark Plaatjes, 1993 world marathon champ Rebecca Twigg, winner of the 1993 World Cycling Championship Picabo Street, 1994 Olympic silver-medal skier Chuck Hoga, professional golfer and coach to Peter Jacobson, Johnny Miller, Ray Floyd, Mike Reid and Duffy Waldorf Janet Evans, four-time gold-medal Olympic swimmer Mike Pigg, number two-ranked triathlete in the world

Mind Over Head Chatter

The Psychology of Athletic Success

Mind Over Head Chatter

Have you every marveled at the poise, grace, and athleticism of champions in their sport? Do you find yourself asking, “What separates 'the best' from all the rest?” Why is it that some athletes make it look so easy while others struggle just to “take the shot”? Who would you call on to take the last shot in a basketball game, perhaps Michael Jordan? Who would you hand the ball to in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the game on the line, is it Mariano Rivera?If your team is trailing by six points with less than two minutes remaining in the game, would you trust the ball in Joe Montana's hands?Each of the athletes I listed above is a classic example of a champion. Their beliefs, attitudes, and leadership are second to none. In Mind Over Head Chatter, I share with you the research and insights into the makings of the world's best athletes over many decades, and what made them champions in their sport. You will learn their methods and secrets and what they did to produce at such high levels. You'll also discover how to Ignite your own passion, how to set goals, and develop the mental toughness to take your game to the next level. I wrote this book as much for myself as others, because I wanted to know, just like you, what separates the good from the great. I've participated in athletics my entire life, through Little League baseball, wrestling, and judo. I was a Little League All-Star, an AAU State Champion high school wrestler, and Sunflower State (Kansas) Champion Judo player, competing at the highest level nationally throughout college. I was “good” at every sport I played, but never “GREAT”. Mind Over Head Chatter gave me the insight into what I expected, but had never fully embraced…”Rule Your Mind, Or It Will Rule You.” The book is broken down into four sections; Section 1: The Driving Force – Finding Your Motivation, covers how to ignite your passion, your support systems and influences, what makes a champion, and creating a personal highlight reel in your head. Section 2: You Gotta Believe, helps you with setting goals, learning the three “C's” of Confidence, Courage, and Commitment, and how to train your brain for peak performance. Section 3: Getting Centered, covers your self-talk, visualization, breathing, and relaxation.Section 4: We Are the Champions, digs deeper into what sets five of the greatest athletes of all time apart from others in their sport. The athletes include Bruce Lee, Wilma Rudolph, Dan Gable, Nadia Comaneci, and Michael Jordan.So, sit back, kick your feet up, and enjoy Mind Over Head Chatter: The Psychology of Athletic Success.

Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)