The Mindful Athlete

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

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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Must read

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amazing

This is a must-read (or listen) for any competitive athlete. I learned how to reframe my thoughts as I approach my workouts and competitions to a more constructive and conscious experience as opposed to doubt or fear.

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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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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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  • Chris Lovejoy
  • 12-21-16

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.

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  • James Larney
  • 06-19-20

brilliant

want to listen again. very inspiring and well read. will look into more work by George mumford

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-23-19

Worst Audio Book ever!

I honestly can’t say if it’s the narrator or the content but rarely have I ever come across such a lack lustre piece of work.

The narrator’s tone does nothing but make me want to sleep, like something from those self help tapes for insomniacs from back in the day.

So awful is it I have no interest in listening to the actual words spoken, his voice fades into the background and the meaning lost to me.

This is supposed to be inspirational but in fact is bland and uninspiring. I don’t think it’s all the narrators fault as the content seems to be rather poor and not well written - or maybe the audio version was done half assed, it would explain a lot.

It’s lucky to get a 1 it’s that bad - the scoring doesn’t go any lower.

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  • Paul Doherty
  • 08-20-19

excellent take on mindfulness

clearly explained take on mindfulness and the author explains it very well. Not just for the athletes.

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  • Pete
  • 06-01-19

Really great book. Thank you George

I will be listening to this a lot. Lots to think about. Brilliant...
Enjoyable and insightful.

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  • 06-08-18

Really insightful

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-19

pamphlet book

this book is basically a pamphlet for this guys own business sales. nothing to be to be gained or learned here... don't bother purchasing it. there are other far better books out there that cover similar material in a much better way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-18

I need more

I read this book and immediately started looking for more of the same. Great work George Mumford.

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  • Terrance
  • 11-09-16

WOW!

Absolutely amazing. The concepts ring true to every athlete at every level! Loved every second of this book!

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  • Mohammad Mokhberi
  • 04-21-16

Awesome book. very inspiring and educating

Very happy with my purchase.
it was worth every penny.
the narrating is just amazing and keeps you engaged.

I am going to keep listening to this audio book over and over again.

Thanks Phil Jackson, George Mumford and J.D Jackson

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-19

For a book about flow, there is very little flow

Don't get me wrong, i enjoyed it enough; the concepts are interesting and challenging. However, it lacks any flow between these concepts, leaving you feeling like you have a list rather than a narrative.

The narrator did a standout job

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-29-19

inspiring book

very good book. enjoyed every part of this book. really really good read. eye opening to the amount of talent s we have in us

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  • 05-09-18

confused, rambling and ultimately unhelpful

The author knows processional sport, not writing a book on how to be a better athlete. The book has good points awash in a sea of rambling, undirected mess. Couldnt bring myself to finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-17

briliant

great read must have for your collection. so much wisdom presented in the practical sense across all aspects of life

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  • Ben I
  • 12-22-16

must read for coaches, players, everyone

I love this book. I'll listen to it again and again, so many great lessons. narrator was easy to listen to as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-20-16

The path of courage

This is a wonderful book for those interested in mindfulness as it applies to sport and life. Engaging whilst teaching practices and principles. Beautifully narrated. And in part an inspiring autobiography acts as a non preachy reinder to tred our own paths, live our own lives fully.