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Mindfulness and Right Effort For Athletes with George Mumford

June 13, 2022

What does it mean to be a mindful athlete, in sport and life? How do you cultivate mindfulness as an athletic superpower to respond and perform more effectively? In today’s episode of Your Life in Process, Diana and globally recognized speaker, teacher, and coach, George Mumford, discuss sport as a metaphor for life and how […]

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What does it mean to be a mindful athlete, in sport and life? How do you cultivate mindfulness as an athletic superpower to respond and perform more effectively? In today’s episode of Your Life in Process, Diana and globally recognized speaker, teacher, and coach, George Mumford, discuss sport as a metaphor for life and how to employ spiritual superpowers to step up your inner game.

About George Mumford

George Mumford is a globally recognized speaker, teacher, and coach. Since 1989, he’s been honing his gentle, but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques with people from locker rooms to boardrooms, Yale to jail.

Michael Jordan credits George with transforming his on-court leadership, helping the Bulls to six NBA championships, while Mumford has also worked with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and countless other NBA players, Olympians, executives, and artists. Mumford’s book The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance is both a memoir and instruction guide. He believes everyone has a masterpiece within, which he can show you how to access.

While at the University of Massachusetts – where he roomed with future Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving – injuries forced Mumford out of basketball and eventually into an addiction to pain medication and drugs. With the help of meditation and mindfulness, he got clean and made it his mission to teach and work with others.

Key Takeaways

  • Mindfulness is an active skill that you can cultivate to respond more effectively to the world around you, which enhances your life and your sports performance.
  • Acceptance of physical discomfort without creating a story about the feeling can be a key piece to the spiritual superpower of willingness and surrender.
  • Deepen your superpowers for life by practicing being present, focusing your mind, knowing yourself, and acting with right effort. Slowing down is a radical act of courage in our fast-paced world.

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Episode Segments

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [02:27] Upcoming Events With Diana
  • [03:14] Welcome George Mumford
  • [03:50] The History Behind George Mumford and Phil Jackson
  • [10:15] Mindfulness In Action
  • [13:54] George Mumford’s Recovery From Addiction
  • [18:24] Spiritual Superpowers: Serenity, Acceptance, and Wisdom
  • [21:58] Right Effort Beyond Winning
  • [23:15] The Alarming Possibility of Being Able
  • [28:27] Learning From Your Direct Experience
  • [31:00] Body Awareness
  • [36:22] Reacting vs. Responding
  • [40:16] Your Daily Practice

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