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In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports [Kindle Edition]

Michael Murphy , Rhea A. White
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Book Description

Michael Murphy, bestselling author of Golf in the Kingdom, explains the power of athletics to transform the body, mind, and spirit
Athletes and coaches often say they feel “in the zone” while participating in sports or other endeavors, and Esalen Institute cofounder Michael Murphy carefully documents this phenomenon in one of the most comprehensive works of its kind. Murphy and coauthor Rhea A. White categorize twenty types of extraordinary athletic feats, exalted states of consciousness, and altered perceptions that, they say, evoke the richness of a spiritual practice.
This wide-ranging compendium includes insights from amateur, Olympic, and professional athletes, such as Michael Jordan, Mario Andretti, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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This work is an updated edition of the authors' The Psychic Side of Sports (1978) and purports to define the frontiers of human potential. Murphy reports the experience of mystical sensations and altered sensory perceptions by athletes during extraordinary physical achievements. Countless subjective oral accounts are quoted with little skepticism; all seem to be taken at face value. The last section of the book contains White's well-executed 1500-item bibliography updated from the 1978 edition. The breadth of athletic achievement surveyed in both text and bibliography is extremely wide, ranging from Charles Lindbergh to Michael Jordan to Tibetan lung-gom-pa runners. Even Carlos Casteneda, Barbra Streisand, fire-walking, and sword-swallowing somehow make it into the text. Although this study is a bit too subjective and offers too many pat answers, it will likely find an audience in large sports collections.
John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Bestselling author Michael Murphy (b. 1930) has been called the father of the human potential movement, one of the most influential movements in twentieth-century American culture. His bestselling book Golf in the Kingdom (1972) inspired the creation of the Shivas Irons Society, a nonprofit group dedicated to finding beauty and discovery through the game of golf, and has recently been adapted into a movie starring Malcolm McDowell (2010). His other books include Jacob Atabet (1977), An End to Ordinary History (1982), In the Zone (1995), and The Kingdom of Shivas Irons (1997). He lives in California.

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  • File Size: 1472 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140194924
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00527KW9K
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Transcendent Book May 4, 2007
This is a terrific resource for anyone interested in the transcendent experience of sports, that place in athleticism where time slows and everything becomes effortless. If you have the slightest interest in transcendence through action, buy this book now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for what it is: a catalog of flow experiences November 17, 2012
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The purpose of this book is not to provide practical how-to advice on getting into the zone in your sports endeavor, so if that's what you are looking for you will be disappointed. (See Flow in Sports: The keys to optimal experiences and performances for this.) The purpose of this book is to catalog the varieties of "flow" that numerous athletes have experienced, and at this it succeeds marvelously. I am fascinated with the phenomenon, and this book features tons of quotes, excellent grouping of the documented experiences by characteristic, and solid organization and writing to tie it all together. I had already done quite a bit of research on the concepts of flow and play before coming across this book, and I found it an excellent supplement due to the inclusion of so many first-person accounts as well as the documentation of so many other qualities of the experience that I had never considered before. As a bonus, it provides an extensive bibliography for those who are researching the topic, which I am. Really, there is no other book that puts such an extensive collection together; for more analysis and interpretation you will of course want to look elsewhere, but this is certainly the best place to get a strong sense of how (and how diverse!) the experience feels to its participants.

A brief thank you for the authors for what seems like painstaking work in collecting and organizing all of these experiences. Excellent job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little practical value June 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased "In The Zone ..." seeking practical and applicable information
to help me understand *how* to achieve zone athletic performance. I found
this book disappointing and found little, if any, practical application.

Zone coaching or application is overwhelmed by endless annotated footnotes
documenting scientific papers and athletes' personal testimony attesting to
the Zone's existence.

While this may be a useful research compendium, it is not - in my view - a
worthwhile read for those seeking their own path to Zone performance.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quotes April 9, 2010
By Matt
The book is almost entirely made up of quotes from elite athletes. Also, more than 140 of the 320 pages consist of the bibliography and index. Typical Murphy.
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