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The Mindful Athlete

Secrets to Pure Performance
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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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.

©2016 George Mumford (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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This is a book about spirituality!

Do not be mislead by the title. This book is about spirituality, and hardly touches on performance.

I found it an absolute slog and very irritating to get through because it was highly abstract, repetitive and unrelatable. It talked about “consciousness” and “flow” in more words than was necessary, using a plethora of metaphors and anecdotes but failed miserably in giving very concrete examples on how the listener is supposed to execute it.

The book can be summed in maybe 20 mins of listening time, the rest was just a repetition. Sorry to give it a bad review but it really was just....so irritatingly repetitive.

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Used as a sleep aid

Some books aren’t meant to be audiobooks. The audio format brings to light the repetition of examples used by the author as well as clunky repetitive phrasing. Also, please Narrators, learn your pronunciations. Buddha is easier on the ears than Boooda. This Narrator’s Voice was so calming and the material repetitive and dry so I confess I used it to help me fall asleep.

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amazing book

This book is an excellent tool to get folks (macho men) who aren't into mindful meditation into mindful meditation

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wow

so happy I got this book that's all I need to say.... buy it and enjoy.

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  • Kate32
  • 2016-10-05

Must read

This book has become part of my "read every year" list. Great advices, and lots of wisdom.

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  • Saso
  • 2016-05-01

Worth the listen

Great insight. Applies to more than just sports. Really to everyday life. I would consider listening to it a few times

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  • Antonio Roque
  • 2016-03-20

real good insight

read a few books on mindfulness and spprts performance. but this book really put it all together and made sense of it all. great read, great info, great insight!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-27

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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  • Gabriel M.
  • 2016-09-27

Amazing!

The best ever narrative and audio! It gets deep into the nature of mindfulness aplied to sport without much blablabla!

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  • Eduardo
  • 2017-02-03

Great Theory for Meditation intro

Easy language, ended within 10 days.

But dont expect many practices. Only one simple breathing practice. If you enjoy, try nei kung routines.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-28

Good but not as informative as I hoped.

The practical application was not explained well and left me wanting however the conceptual time was plentiful

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  • Loud Lemur from Latveria
  • 2017-05-03

Great fucking book

This book has literally changed my life. This should be required reading for everyone over the age of 10.

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  • Elektra N.
  • 2017-04-20

Talks about the importance of being mindful

Moral of the book: the utility in the practice of mindfulness. Not well-organized. Overall do not think it's a worthwhile investment due to low quality/$ ratio.

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  • Enrique Mendez
  • 2016-12-22

good tips

I have listened to several books on sports mental performance and have liked this the best. the author makes the subject digestible and informative.

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