The Mindful Athlete

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Book title: The Mindful Athlete

Author: George Mumford

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Submitted by:

Brian Spielman, Assistant Coach

Bainbridge Island Basketball


George Mumford started working with Phil Jackson and the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era and was with them through their 6 championships. He followed Phil to LA and where they won three more titles. Since then he’s taught mindfulness techniques to peak performers in all walks of life, helping the “whole person” move forward with “ease and curiosity at an optimum pace.”

Key Takeaway / How I've implemented

Since reading the book I practice the “mindfulness is the space between stimulus and response” mantra on a daily basis. This book is what demystified mindfulness and specifically meditation for me, making it approachable and actionable as opposed to a distant practice reserved for monks in a cave.

Favorite Quotes

“Mindfulness is the space between stimulus and response.”

“We can either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong.”

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. —BUDDHA”

“Respond from the center of the hurricane, rather than reacting from the chaos of the storm.”

“Success is 99% failure.”