Posts Tagged ‘the practice’

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  he 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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At Tiger’s news conference Monday, the most significant revelation was that his troubles started when he stopped meditating, when he stopped practicing the Buddhist religion which he shares with his mother. That’s when he lost his moral compass.Being a Buddhist, Tiger is involved with more than a religion. In fact, Buddhism, at its core, is more a spiritual practice than a set of beliefs that make up most religions. As the late philosopher Alan Watts once said, “Buddhism never uttered its final doctrine.” Essentially, through trial and error, the practitioner finds out what is the truth for himself. It’s a path that requires taking total responsibility. You can’t retreat to God or a set of truths to guide you: You are the captain of your own ship. It’s why monotheistic religions often don’t buy into Buddhism: There’s a basic belief human beings need help, and that help comes from a higher power. These other religions involve prayer and meditation just like Buddhism, but with Buddhism  the higher power is essentially called your True Self, or that which is always in the present and not subject to birth or death (more on this in another post). It’s a part of you that is always there, if you can get in touch with it. When you meditate according to Buddhist instructions, you simply stay with your own body and mind and breath in the present moment. When Tiger stopped meditating, (more…)

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