Retired Baseball Star Credits Meditation for Home Runs
Shawn Green hit 328 home runs when he played major league baseball in the 1990s and 2000s. During this era many of the league's power-hitters used steroids, but Green says he used meditation to hit home runs.
Green has a new book out, The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95MPH, where he talks extensively about how meditation played a role in his success.
He tells The Star Tribune:
"In high school, I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and it sent me on a path of informal study of Eastern philosophy, Zen, Taoism and meditation. ... In 1997, I had a conflict with the Blue Jays and the coaching staff. That got me to a point where, almost by accident, my work off [the batting tee] became a meditation, and I started to see so many connections to what I was reading about. Theories were becoming my reality, and that's when I really knew I wanted to write something along those lines."
Shawn goes on to talk about the power of "stillness" which he elaborate on his book:
"The way I'm using it is more like quieting the mind. The way I did that was through my tee work, where I would concentrate on the action -- really listen to the sound of the bat hitting the ball, the sound of the ball hitting the back of the net, the breathing, and really getting into that moment and action of hitting. Earlier in my career, I got to the point where there was a lot of noise. There is a lot of thinking, and you see people at the plate paralyzed. ... The less you can think, the more successful you're going to be because your body naturally takes over and does thing the right way."
Namaste to that!