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UPDATE: January 2018 -> I completed the 100 hours mindfulness coach training program and am now certified as a mindfulness coach!!!
I recently applied for a Mindfulness Coach Training program and submitted a writing piece as a part of the application. I think what I wrote was worth sharing. The foundation of me being one spiritual pitcher is mindfulness, but I haven’t ever gone in depth about how that came to be. I hope this sheds light on that. Here it goes.
Mindfulness Coach Training application writing piece:
Hey there, my name is Lucas and I am an American living in Germany, playing and coaching baseball. I mention that because I have gone on a long, adversity-filled, journey to become good enough at baseball in order to play abroad. The source of my increasing baseball ability has been my interest in spirituality and devotion to my mindfulness practices. Pitching a baseball is a flow state activity. You are performing at your best when you are in the zone, completely residing in the now, this breath, this movement, this pitch. Nothing else matters, not what fans are yelling, not what happened last pitch, not what is going to happen in three pitches if I walk this guy. Only the NOW. Mindfulness has been crucial for my performance on the pitching mound since I began practicing it on a regular basis in 2013.
My first exposure to mindfulness came back in 2010 when I was a junior (3rd year) in high school. During that baseball season, I got off to an extremely hot start in our first eight games, but then started putting pressure on myself to perform and had two straight 0 for 4 games. Serendipitously, a field trip to a Buddhist temple as a part of my World Religion class took place on the day of my next game. Monks led us through a remarkable seated meditation session. I had an out of body experience and saw myself from above, a 3rd person perspective, while feeling this peaceful sensation that despite all my anxieties at the time, everything was going to be alright. It was the first time I realized it was possible to detach yourself from your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and fears. I went on to play incredibly that night and my new state of mind continued the rest of the season. I hit very well over the final nine games and broke two hitting records at my high school.
My first formal mindfulness practice came during my freshman year in college as part of a Buddhism course. We had a meditation lab every Friday for 3 months and learned various methods such as body scans, positioning (seated, lying, walking), intentions (compassion, love, kindness, equanimity), breathing techniques, and mantras. Though I viewed those meditation sessions as a positive experience, it was a great challenge for me at the time. I did not enjoy meditation and mindfulness. That all flipped on its head during my time in Granada, Spain for a study abroad program in the fall of 2013.
Before the trip, the book, ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle, landed into my hands. I love how these things happen, synchronicity, makes me have infinite faith in the universe 🙂. In Granada, I read it slowly, over the course of many weeks, and devotedly applied the mindfulness practices into my everyday life. Walks through the city became meditations that deepened my curiosity. Workouts became worship to the present moment. Nights out became chances to develop relationships from a place of presence, really being there with my friends. I took a yoga class there that contained a significant meditation piece as well that gave me another outlet for my new interest in mindfulness. It was like I was finally living for the first time.
After my time abroad, I brought my mindfulness practice into everyday life back at school. I read many more books that relate to mindfulness: A New Earth, Mindfulness for Beginners, The Mindful Athlete, Spiritual Enlightenment – the Damnedest Thing, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Heart of Understanding, and Tantra for the West. I continued taking yoga classes and meditated on a regular basis. Most importantly, I intentionally brought mindfulness onto the baseball field with me. Since 2013, I have dealt with major injuries, completely horrendous performances for entire seasons, the yips (when you can’t throw the ball to a person 20 meters in front of you because of a mental hiccup), pre-performance and in-performance anxiety, and yet still have found a way to overcome all of that to currently be in the best form of my life. I owe it all to mindfulness.
I want to share mindfulness with the world, especially in an athletic setting. Mindfulness has significantly helped me during my baseball career and I know other athletes could benefit immensely from the practice. Looking back, I wish someone had taken me aside when I was 13 and introduced me to mindfulness. I would have loved to know how it is on an equal level of importance to the physical training you do for your sport. I feel like mindfulness is not widely available to adolescents and teaching it to them in the athletic context is very practical. Part of the reason why mindfulness/meditation didn’t stick with me after participating in the meditation lab my first year of college was that I wasn’t compelled to apply the practice to the rest of my life. I believe teaching mindfulness to other athletes in order to improve sports performance will resonate with them.
I hope to integrate mindfulness-based teaching in the youth baseball coaching I do as well as begin my own 1-on-1 mindfulness coaching business geared towards athletic performance. I already practice mindfulness at times when I train players, but I hope this course will help me develop the tools to facilitate mindfulness training to players in a more effective way. So far, my relationship with mindfulness has mainly been an individual one and I would enjoy learning from others to refine my methods. I hope a lot of what I already do will be affirmed and that I will learn subtleties or nuances that lead to personal breakthroughs that I can then lead people into. I want to learn specific meditation scripts and the ability to feel out a class, improvising the best script possible in the moment. It would be great to learn about what other mindfulness students have gone through and compare that to the adventures I have had with mindfulness. I want to learn more about the empiric evidence behind the benefits of mindfulness. From what I have read about the Teach Mindfulness Training with Shamash, I will learn about all of those things and more.
After reading the eBook and listening to the webinar, I really liked the kindfulness/compassionate approach to mindfulness that you emphasize. Gentleness, acceptance, and letting go have not come easily to me on the baseball field, but the progress I have made with those is highly correlated with my overall pitching improvement. Plus it makes it more fun. Good vibes are priceless. At the end of the day, the kindfulness/compassion component and the convenience of a fully online course are what drew me specifically to this training. I hope I am accepted and I look forward to diving into the training!