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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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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Ingram 22/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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 20/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

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    Terrance 09/11/2016
    Terrance 09/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW!"

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

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    Lewis 15/09/2016
    Lewis 15/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "My ass was on fire!"

    I found this book to be a perfect explanation of mindfulness in the real world and how powerful a tool it can be for athletes both it competition and in life.

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    Daniel 02/07/2016
    Daniel 02/07/2016
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    "Thought provoking."

    Pretty good book. As an elite athlete it's not the in depth phycology I was expecting as it skins the top of in depth phycology principles and its quite religion based but even as a more non religious person it's still got some very good points. Worth a read to hear about different perspectives and provoke awareness..something a lot of phycology based books miss.

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    5/10/16
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    "Must read"

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

    4 of 4 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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Saso
    1/05/16
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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

    3 of 3 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!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eduardo
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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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  • 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • bookworm_et
    6/11/16
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    "if you have ever heard of mindfulness. then ..."

    you don't need this book. After reading the raving reviews, I was pretty excited and thought finally something that will take me to the next level. Unfortunately, the main message of the whole book can be summarised as "Being mindful I
    is needed to achieve greatness in sports. So watch your breath and be present!"... Thousands of videos on YouTube that will tell you more and guide you better to practices that you can follow. Don't waste your money/time with this!

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    21/12/16
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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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