GOLF FOR ENLIGHTENMENT is the fable of Adam Seaver, an ordinary person, with a terrible game. Adam meets a mysterious young teaching pro named Wendy who, in seven crisp, short yet profound lessons, teaches him things that seem baffling at first:--You and the ball are one--Find the now, and you will find the shot--Let the game play youFrom the moment they begin to put these lessons into practice, what was previously a humiliation turns into a transforming experience, not just for Adam's score but for his whole life. Long a famous writer on spiritual subjects, hailed as the poet-philosopher of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra found himself fascinated by the game of golf. He could not escape its parallels to life: 'Golf is like lightning caught in a bottle. It can turn triumph into disaster in a split second.' Faced with the wild ups and downs of his own game, Chopra crystallised a teaching based on mindfulness, the ability to remain calm and focused, relaxed and powerful at the same time. Mindfulness can improve any golf game, from the beginner's to the tour professional's. And it can improve anybody's life, no matter what game they play - or none.
Deepak Chopra has discovered the delights—and frustrations—of golf, and he is passionate about the game. Confronted by the wild ups and downs of his own play, he consulted with golf professionals and developed a new approach to the game that any golfer can follow—from the novice to the expert. The results can be measured not only in increased enjoyment and skill, but also in greater wisdom about life beyond the 18th hole. Chopra’s own game has improved dramatically since incorporating the elements of his program. Instead of focusing on the mechanics of a “perfect” swing, Chopra reveals how golf can be mastered through mindfulness, a form of awareness that combines sharp focus and relaxation at the same time. Expanded awareness, he tells us, can accomplish much more than external mechanics to improve one’s game. But Golf for Enlightenment is also an engrossing story about Adam, an Everyman who is playing a terrible round of golf when he meets a mysterious young teaching pro named Leela. In seven short but profound lessons detailing spiritual strategies, she teaches Adam the essence of a game that has much to explain about life itself. Chopra has spent the last year taking the unique message in Golf for Enlightenment nationwide, teaching the essential tenets of his program at lectures and seminars to golfers everywhere. His message continues to help players turn an obsession into a positive life path.
This book represents a summation of my notes that allowed me to go from a mediocre, inconsistent striker to a high class amateur player. It covers the following topics, the ‘Golf Swing’, ‘Creating Power’, ‘Creating Spin’, ‘Learning Through Feel’, ‘Running Chips’, ‘Shop Shaping’, ‘Staying in Synchronisation’, ‘Tension in Golf’, ‘Wedge Distance Control’, and ‘Favourite Golf Links’. I hope that you gain something from it like I did.
What is truth? That question is difficult to answer unless we know our own truths, how our minds work, and why we feel the way we do about the world we live in. With that in mind, Henry Rathbun combines personal anecdotes with hypnosis methodologies, meditation, and ancient teachings in order to encourage others to embrace a simpler way to experience life. As a former professional hypnotist, Rathbun learned much living between two worlds: the subconscious minds of others and his own reality. While providing a glimpse into his personal experiences during a time when he faced many challenges, Rathbun shares life lessons that reveal fresh insights and spiritual and revelatory concepts that point to profound truths about the human mind, reality, and a deeper meaning of life. Guided by an unseen force “Hank” leads others down a rugged path to self-enlightenment in his simple and honest way, leaning on the trained stillness in his own mind. Living with Enlightenment is an inspirational story of one man’s journey into the truth of God, the dualism of mind, and the burden of human suffering.
Harry Morgan?s life ? due to his own inertia and inattention ? has bottomed out. He?s failed to live up to the start in life that his self-made father gave him, he?s ashamed of his profession, his failed marriage, and his golf game stinks.Then a strange old codger drifts into Harry?s life. Joseph is an enigma: possibly unbalanced, perhaps not even real, he may have the secret of extraordinary golf. Harry presses him for help with his game, but Joseph insists that Harry first consider a series of other ideas: a strange mix of quantum physics, Eastern philosophy, and life questions. To appease Joseph, Harry accepts a series of single-page ?thought exercises.' As he completes each, Joseph randomly shows up, offers a golf idea, and leaves Harry with another work sheet.Harry?s experience with Joseph finally culminates at an isolated Japanese Zen retreat ? The Order of the Third Eye ? that features an old-style golf course used by the monks as a Zen exercise ? a koan. Does Harry?s life heal? Does his handicap drop? Who is this strange old guy, anyway?
From the ancient Olympic games to the savage gladiatorial contests of the Roman Empire, from the thrill of the World Cup to the hype of the Super Bowl, sport represents a singular source of social belonging and communal enjoyment--sometimes as intense as religious faith. The Pleasure Principle addresses the issue of sport as a form of pleasure, contending that sport, like any form of popular culture, reveals a lot about the society in which it appears. Examining sports through various theoretical lenses, including Marxist, feminist, and poststructuralist, and from numerous disciplinary viewpoints--history, sociology, cinema studies, literature, and cultural studies--this special issue demonstrates the complexity of contemporary sports culture. Ranging from the humorous to the ironic, from the personal to the theoretical, and from sports as dissimilar as baseball and rugby, gambling and karate, this issue explains fandom itself and explores the intersections of sport and politics, sport and class, and sport and identity. One timely essay addresses the use of Native American imagery and nicknames and the recent NCAA ban on these references. Another classifies gambling as a popular American sport, one that in 2003 attracted three times as many attendees as all Major League Baseball franchises combined. Another essay delves into the history of the golfing mecca of Pinehurst, North Carolina, discussing the resort's roots in the age of Jim Crow. Among the other topics addressed in this issue are how soccer fandom and commodity culture can be one and the same; why Liverpool's 2005 victory in the European Champion's League proves that God is red; and why the Olympic Games can represent performative nationalism. Contributors. David L. Andrews, Amy Bass, Norman K. Denzin, Grant Farred, Keya Ganguly, John Hartley, Jane Juffer, Liz Moor, Jeffrey T. Nealon, Annie Paul, George Ritzer, Jim Shepard, Orin Starn, Kenneth Surin
The Scottish Enlightenment is often portrayed as elitist and Edinburgh based with no universally agreed beginning or end. Additionally, the Philosophers and scholars (the great Scottish Enlightenment figures) sometimes obscure significant contributions from other disciplines so that the achievements of a wider conception of the Scottish Enlightenment are not universally known. Sir Walter Scott also recognised that his nation 'the peculiar features of whose manners and character are daily melting and dissolving into that of her sister and ally' had an identity crisis. Both issues are addressed in this enquiry which seeks to highlight the scale and breadth of the Scottish Enlightenment whilst posing the question as to how Scottish identity can be preserved.