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Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life

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Written by a sports psychologist and a renowned T'ai Chi master, here is a guide to enriching all of life's pursuits through the practice of its simple mental tools and wisdom. Using stories of success from athletes and businesspeople, the authors present techniques and exercises to promote relaxation and enhance performance. Written by a sports psychologist and a renowned T'ai Chi master, here is a guide to enriching all of life's pursuits through the practice of its simple mental tools and wisdom. Using stories of success from athletes and businesspeople, the authors present techniques and exercises to promote relaxation and enhance performance.


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Written by a sports psychologist and a renowned T'ai Chi master, here is a guide to enriching all of life's pursuits through the practice of its simple mental tools and wisdom. Using stories of success from athletes and businesspeople, the authors present techniques and exercises to promote relaxation and enhance performance. Written by a sports psychologist and a renowned T'ai Chi master, here is a guide to enriching all of life's pursuits through the practice of its simple mental tools and wisdom. Using stories of success from athletes and businesspeople, the authors present techniques and exercises to promote relaxation and enhance performance.

30 review for Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    A great book that took me a long time to read. You can’t skim through this one. I made 149 highlights. This book is aimed at athletes but each chapter also adapts the lesson to business and life in general. The essence is: Don’t force things - this creates unhappiness and disharmony Go with the flow Visualise the outcome Focus on the positive Rehearse the worse case scenario and plan for various problems in advance Do your best and free your attachment to winning (or any specific outcome) Do your best Res A great book that took me a long time to read. You can’t skim through this one. I made 149 highlights. This book is aimed at athletes but each chapter also adapts the lesson to business and life in general. The essence is: Don’t force things - this creates unhappiness and disharmony Go with the flow Visualise the outcome Focus on the positive Rehearse the worse case scenario and plan for various problems in advance Do your best and free your attachment to winning (or any specific outcome) Do your best Respect your opponent Don’t underestimate or belittle anyone Get used to hardship Train hard fight easy That said don’t overdo training and rest appropriately Eat, sleep, train and think right Use affirmations to shift focus on what you want Let go of the ego Let go of attachment SIMPLIFY

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer

    I read this as required reading for my Tai Chi class. It is well organized in outline and thorough in its topics. Each section has an introduction to a principle of the Tao Te Ching such as positive thinking, relaxation, and focus - which I liked, followed by some suggested visualizations and affirmations - which I thought were mostly redundant or silly. (I stay in the here and now, so I'll take a bow.") Each section also includes some basic sports psychology and motivational business advice. Th I read this as required reading for my Tai Chi class. It is well organized in outline and thorough in its topics. Each section has an introduction to a principle of the Tao Te Ching such as positive thinking, relaxation, and focus - which I liked, followed by some suggested visualizations and affirmations - which I thought were mostly redundant or silly. (I stay in the here and now, so I'll take a bow.") Each section also includes some basic sports psychology and motivational business advice. These got a little old for me. The layout of this book will make it easy for me to skim the gems and skip the rest. I particularly liked some of the later sections, like adaptation and balance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Shafer

    This book is an excellent primer for mental training for athletes. Like any book on this subject, it requires athletes to put into practice some simple lessons. It is the practice that is the important part, not the reading about the practice. I think that it is especially useful for adult athletes who will put the ideas into application in their lives. However, if younger [High School age] athletes could read this and have a structured environment to work on the methods it would serve them well This book is an excellent primer for mental training for athletes. Like any book on this subject, it requires athletes to put into practice some simple lessons. It is the practice that is the important part, not the reading about the practice. I think that it is especially useful for adult athletes who will put the ideas into application in their lives. However, if younger [High School age] athletes could read this and have a structured environment to work on the methods it would serve them well for their athletic and non-athletic future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Hafey

    This is the only book I have both the hard and ebook because I found myself needing to read sections at very random times and often is random places in my life. The chapters are broken into challenges that may arise in life/sport/business, I.e., injury, fear of failure, fear of success, slumps, it takes you through affirmations and stories. That usually helps me enough. But to get deeper, the following chapters work on the surround qualities that fortify your life perseverance. And I don’t give This is the only book I have both the hard and ebook because I found myself needing to read sections at very random times and often is random places in my life. The chapters are broken into challenges that may arise in life/sport/business, I.e., injury, fear of failure, fear of success, slumps, it takes you through affirmations and stories. That usually helps me enough. But to get deeper, the following chapters work on the surround qualities that fortify your life perseverance. And I don’t give 5 stars like I give bread to fish and ducks.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cecelia Beyer

    A lot of helpful things, but maybe :too many: helpful things. How on earth does one do :all: of the suggested visualizations and mantras? Was helpful in framing my sport-related mental block issues, but ultimately what was more helpful was having a athletic mental coach tailoring it specifically to me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anagha

    Loved this book - it introduced me to the power of meditation and helped me pick up life lessons and better understand experiences embedded in this year’s struggles personally and professionally. Will likely keep going back to refresh my memory on this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teri Temme

    Loved it! Motivational.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christos Andreev

    This book is gold! Some great advice in there that is applicable in all areas, no matter if you are into sports or in anything else.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This book contains several meditation techniques to calm the mind and body. I found it beneficial for anxiety.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I agree with the general ideas in this book; however, I found the book poorly written. The guidelines tend to childishly rattle on (and give mundane examples that insult the reader's intelligence) and each guideline strongly resembles numerous others found throughout the book. The affirmations try to be memorable and catchy, but often only sound foolish. Many of the visualization walk-throughs are ridiculous (personify fear, thank him for being there for you, shake hands with him, hug fear ... umm, I agree with the general ideas in this book; however, I found the book poorly written. The guidelines tend to childishly rattle on (and give mundane examples that insult the reader's intelligence) and each guideline strongly resembles numerous others found throughout the book. The affirmations try to be memorable and catchy, but often only sound foolish. Many of the visualization walk-throughs are ridiculous (personify fear, thank him for being there for you, shake hands with him, hug fear ... umm, no thanks, I don't feel like developing a neurosis today). And the examples the authors give of Taoism involving their children annoy; every parent seems to think that reproducing is a godly act that instantaneously gives you insight. Everybody reproduces. Most people are stupid. The second half of the book - or more - largely repeats the first. Obviously, the authors did not learn the power of conciseness from the Tao Teh Ching or I Ching.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Cheadle

    This is a fantastic book. I have recommended it to many of the athletes I've worked with. I was actually in touch with one of the authors of this book recently (Jerry Lynch) and now I'm really excited to read his book The Way of the Champion. He has a great message and is doing some great work with athletes. This book is nice because it's broken down into specific topics so you can read it straight through or go straight to a specific section on anything from Positive Thinking or Relaxation to P This is a fantastic book. I have recommended it to many of the athletes I've worked with. I was actually in touch with one of the authors of this book recently (Jerry Lynch) and now I'm really excited to read his book The Way of the Champion. He has a great message and is doing some great work with athletes. This book is nice because it's broken down into specific topics so you can read it straight through or go straight to a specific section on anything from Positive Thinking or Relaxation to Perfectionism or Persistence.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shayla

    The above description doesn't touch on how awesome this book is. It is a book which combines western sport psychology concepts with eastern philosophy, particularly Taoism. I wish I had had this information when I was a high-level athlete. I have since found it and have required it as a text for my courses. It is a great book for helping an athlete or business go from good to great. It is a wholistic way of looking at life in general which I find refreshing. The above description doesn't touch on how awesome this book is. It is a book which combines western sport psychology concepts with eastern philosophy, particularly Taoism. I wish I had had this information when I was a high-level athlete. I have since found it and have required it as a text for my courses. It is a great book for helping an athlete or business go from good to great. It is a wholistic way of looking at life in general which I find refreshing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jack Medford

    Very interesting content. The first portion of the book gives an overview and the second gives actionable advice. I would not recommend this book as a one time read. Instead, this one works better as a reference book. Read once with a highlighter/pen/tabs and take notes to be referenced later. There is so much actionable advice that it would be impossible to read this book once and get everything out of it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark Terry

    An interesting combination of sports psychology and Taoism, which mix surprisingly easily. It is much better if you already been exposed to eastern philosophy. I enjoyed the perspective of applying balance and humility to competitive sports. The emphasis on visualizations and affirmations for each minor point got old quickly, but that was mostly due to the way I absorbed it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Years ago, I read this for a dance class. Mental gymnastics is the term that comes to mind. It has its uses, I will say! Sorry, I need to end this review so I can go listen to some Phillip Glass and just be................ :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Curtis

    I spoke to Steve B. about how you can apply meditation to sports. I even rehearsed the fatigue of some workouts. When I take a two week vacation from resistance training though, I can start to use all the more weight when I return to the gym.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I love the idea of the "Beginner's Mind" from this book. In essence, we must be always willing to learn new things and throw out old information. We must be excited and willing to take risks, and that is how we grow. I love the idea of the "Beginner's Mind" from this book. In essence, we must be always willing to learn new things and throw out old information. We must be excited and willing to take risks, and that is how we grow.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael Cozzi

    Not only did this book help me immensely with my personal sporting goals , but it also gave me a positive mindset in my battle with cancer. I also used some of the philosophy in coaching youth ice hockey quite a few years ago, with pleasing results. A must reado

  19. 4 out of 5

    Thomo

    A very good book for anybody willing and open to learn and grow. especially good for competitive athletics. The visualizations and exercises in this book are adaptable to all the challenges that life provides so long as one is willing to look at themselves truthfully. :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    John

    Control the Mind and you can control anything. Thinking Body, Dancing Mind does a great job covering enthusastic techniques. Both authors highlight the benefits of staying positive and using visualization to overcome obstacles in both business and sports. Great Read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    What we think... matters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joan Romero

    I got this book a text book for a dance class I took (over a decade ago) and I still refer to it for exercises in focus, over coming obstacles, and moving forward.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I read this book as a part of a dance class in college, but the book left such an impact on me, I have always kept it on my bookshelf and recommended it to others. Hope you read it and like it too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann Ford

    Eastern philosophies meets western sports. Great!

  25. 5 out of 5

    John

    Used this for my self and as a coach and teacher....principles are quite simple and basic and universal...duh!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    It tells you to relax.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    OK. I very clearly gave up on this self-help book a while ago. Moving to On pause shelf 20 March 2015.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kara Wily

    Motivational. Simple, but I think that is some of the point. Made me want to read the I Ching.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    A little self-helpy, but overall very readable with excellent tips on healthy mindset for sports and life in general.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tbourdel

    Very motivational for athletes- teaching visualizations and the power of positive thinking.

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