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Tiger Woods is currently on a slippery slope. The “greatest golfer of all time” is in danger of becoming an asterisk within a parentheses. This self-professed Buddhist is doing things that no true Buddhist or any spiritually evolved person would do. Spitting on greens. Playing mind games during competition with Sergio Garcia. Throwing clubs. Ignoring fans. Rejecting TV interviews. Not trying when the tournament seems lost. Behavior unbecoming of a professional athlete…or of a conscious human being. His personal life is in an apparent shambles, perpetrator of a volatile and embarrassing sex scandal which has led to estrangement, divorce, and child custody discomfort for his kids. “I wasn’t thinking,” he said after apologizing for the spitting incidents, which led to a fine by the European Tour. Swing change or no, winning or losing, that about sums up Tiger Woods these days. A conscious human being of 35 years does think, and thinks clearly with (more…)

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Recently Dustin Johnson was remembering his meltdown on day 4 of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and had an insight into what he should have done. Johnson took a three-shot lead into that final round with destiny sitting there like a siren beckoning him towards the rocks. Right off, he made triple on the second, double on the third, and bogey on the fourth. By the time he walked off the fifth green, his three shot lead imploded into a four shot deficit. Johnson shot 82 that day, relinquishing the laurels to a steadier Graeme McDowell. “Things kind of spiraled after the triple,” he told the SF Chronicle recently, just before ┬áhe tries to win his third straight AT&T at Pebble. “I started moving fast, thinking fast, walking fast. I learned I really have to slow down with everything–my routine, my swing, my thought process, my walking. I’ve just got to take everything slower.”

It’s a great lesson for all of us. Ballooning to double or triple on any particular hole requires a (more…)

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It may be an oxymoron linking enlightenment and golf, but the game is so wedded to success and failure, that it is the perfect venue to practice and train in the great art of total freedom. In the blink of a flubbed chip, you are challenged to either accept reality and move on with grace or stew in that reality and let it drag you into the ashes. In that chip, you are left exposed, your emotions laid bare for your playing partners to see. There is usually a deep silence after such a disastrous shot, a silence that almost resonates through the cosmos. The black hole of the flubbed chip, sucking all into its vortex. Beings light years away turn their heads towards that silence, noticing the faint gasp of pain uttered by its source. Pain, suffering, discontent, the skulled or chili dipped chip, in that moment, hits the chipper like the Big Bang in its moment. How you react is a measure of your level of enlightenment. In fact it may be the closest human beings come to knowing what the Big Bang felt like, and (more…)

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