Mindfulness Training isn’t just for Top Athletes

Mindfulness Training isn’t just for Top Athletes

LillardBlueFly2-e1357293447798Top flight professional athletes like Damian Lillard are using mindfulness training. But if you think it helps in the NBA, imagine how regular mindfulness practice could help when things are really tough — such as when we’re communicating with our spouse, our parents, or our children. Like training our bodies, mindfulness is training. When we let it slide, we get “out of shape.” When we make it a regular practice, we slowly acquire the benefits of knowing our mind.

Making a Regular Meditation Practice

– Try spending 10min a day practicing mindfulness meditation.

– Create a space to meditate. Find the cushion you like, or a chair where you can sit with your spine upright without being uptight. Remember to sit a little away from the back of the chair — slouching affects the mind.

– Try setting a timer or using a clock. Smartphone timers work great! This tests us by asking us to keep with our mind, even when it’s a little uncomfortable. Remember that the discomfort is only because you’re not familiar with your mind. In time, you’ll learn to know your ups and downs more fully and it won’t be so challenging.

 

 

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Senior Mindful Communication Instructor Gregory Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Institute. He was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by Susan Gillis Chapman. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique — included in nearly every workshop. In 2007, Greg co-taught with Smith to fourth year students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg teaches Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness primarily in North America and Europe. In 2003 Greg graduated with an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Buddhist Retreat Center and others.