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The Mindful Athlete Audiobook

The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance

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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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    "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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  • Kate32
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    05/10/16
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    "Must read"

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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Saso
    01/05/16
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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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Antonio Roque
    20/03/16
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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!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel M.
    27/09/16
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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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eduardo
    03/02/17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Enrique Mendez
    22/12/16
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dimitrios
    30/08/17
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    "Very good read"

    An analysis of experiences through mindfulness in a personal manner. A very good book for the novice leader and reader in mindfulness. The downside to the book is the use of examples used in many of the leadership and mindful books and in this way it lucks originality.

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  • LA Joy
    25/08/17
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    "Well Done!"

    Loved every minute of it, reader was excellent too. The book flowed and had wonderful information

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  • J. Hill
    24/07/17
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    "Thank u!"

    Very much liked this book. Am going to listen to it again now. Just wanted to say thank u! Great info presented in a new way I really get!!

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  • Alex J. Gilmete
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    19/07/17
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    "Excellent book"

    Just listened to this for the second time. Excellent advice for everyone looking to improve and gain clarity.

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