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Sports, Energy, and Consciousness: Awakening Human Potential through Sport Paperback – July 29, 2014
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Here are some of the ideas, and the corresponding authors, that had the most meaning for me:
David Meggyesy explained that sports are autotelic, meaning that competing in a sport is its own goal, end, and purpose. He also explained that to compete means to strive together. These two insights laid the foundation for his point that sports and spirituality have a great deal in common.
Scott Ford used tennis to explain the idea of flow in the present dimension with an equal awareness of the past and the future.
Greg Warburton explained the value of consciously hanging on to a negative thought and negative emotion while physically tapping specific points on our body in order to release the negative thought and emotion.
Michael Spino tells a powerful story about the famous running coach, Percy Cerutty, and says of him, "Instead of the track and stopwatch, he taught that men of self-knowledge and triumph of spirit would accomplish record-breaking feats."
Jim Joy wrote of Integral Coaching and explained that "in understanding the athlete, the coach reaches an understanding of his own self."
Joan Steidinger wrote about the role of women's unique qualities and talked about the importance of relationships, connections, and the idea of "tend and befriend."
Barry Robbins wrote about core centering, the importance of the Hara, and the belly brain. He explained that we should continue to perceive situations, even poor performance situations, as gifts of energy.
Eric Leskowitz wrote about energy psychology, team chemistry, and fan energy, and explained insights on how higher consciousness can travel not only within a person but also between people.
Kristin Ulmer encouraged the reader, and her athletes, to listen to what their anger, fear, and sadness had to say to them and what wisdom they could learn from those emotions and to see them as allies and not as enemies.
I highly recommend this book whether or not you are involved in sports at all. I think the ideas have great application for people in the business world, which parallels the sports world in many ways. You will walk away from this book with a unique set of tools to use to improve your own performance on an on-going basis.
Sports Energy and Consciousness provides an insider’s view of the “Inner Game.’ There are chapters on Core Centering, Rowing as Meditation, Women’s Intuition in Sports, playing in the Zone, Team Chemistry and Fan Energy, and Athletic Training as Spiritual Practice. It also describes different training methods from EFT and Energy Psychology to Zen. I especially enjoyed the personal stories of pain and transcendence on the field: running (and winning) a race on a broken ankle, freaking out at the Olympics, running with runner’s high, overcoming the ‘yips,’ sculling as a flow experience.
As someone who is not an athlete, I found this exciting book both illuminating and inspiring. It reminded me that there are other dimensions to sports and athletic practice, beyond just competition and winning. It’s also a great reminder that energy psychology and other advanced training methods can be so much more than just tapping away negative issues; they can be portals to peak performance, higher states, and self-mastery. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in peak performance, and to all who wish to enjoy and appreciate sports on higher and deeper levels.
4 gold, 1 silver medals 2015 US Masters Nationals
1 gold 2015 World Masters
Gold 2013 Head of the Charles, Silver 2014 Head of the Charles, Silver 2015 Head of the Charles 1X
4 gold medals EuroMasters 2014