Friday, August 23, 2013

Seattle Seahawks turn to Meditation for an Edge

It seems that elements of religion permeate every aspect of our lives. Here, the Seattle Seahawks turn to the Buddhist and Hindu practice of meditation  to better focus their players' minds.

Seattle Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll, asks his players not only to work out their bodies, but also their minds. With sports psychologist Mike Gervais, Carroll begins many workout sessions with six minutes of meditation. While not required, Gervais says about 20 players usually show up.

 According to the story in ESPN, "the big idea is that happy players make for better players."  Coaches frown on yelling and swearing and players end interviews with a "thank you."  It's all about positive thinking. And get this: "in a trial program entering its second year, a group of 15 to 20 players is undergoing Neurotopia brain-performance testing and has worked with Gervais to create status profiles -- updated every week on an iPad app -- of what's going on in their lives, how much sleep they're getting, their goals and how they're dealing with stressors."  

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