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.
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By Amazon Customer on 21-12-16
generally v good
personally experienced a lot of meditation and theory before, so almost stopped reading but after initial introduction (which was good just not new for me) got very good. really enjoyed and v useful.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18
I got this audiobook for my husband who had listened to some of George Mumford's meditations.
My husband really liked his way of thinking and putting things in terms of sports. He's really enjoyed the book and has already listened to it 3 times. He swears by it and I've noticed a positive shift in him to.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves sports.
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By Kate32 on 05-10-16
This book has become part of my "read every year" list. Great advices, and lots of wisdom.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 27-06-17
For the athlete to learn mindfulness....
NOT for the student of mindfulness who is looking to apply it to athletics.
That said, for its intended audience, it would probably be career transforming.
I was a student of mindfulness already, looking for more subtle and less obvious ways to be more mindful during performance and practice.
His explanations were mostly basic and obvious for an intermediate student of the mind, success psychology and eastern thought. (Which is blended in the text)
It fell short of my expectations because I had the wrong expectations. That isn't the purpose of the book.
The purpose of the book is to introduce athletes, who have essentially no knowledge of these subjects, to the basic ideas and practices that can help them.
If you are an athlete who wants a mental edge with minimal mumbo-jumbo and psycho-babble then this book IF USED REGULARLY will transform your game. (These are "practices". They don't work without practice)
If you are versed in the subjects mentioned above, this book is probably not for you.
Hope this helps.
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