Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.
One of the great lessons I've learned in athletics is that you've got to discipline your life. No matter how good you may be, you've got to be willing to cut out of your life those things that keep you from going to the top.
Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.
A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.
The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
I got involved in athletics during physical education lessons at school.
It is fun to be outside; it's good to move your body and there is just a joy in sports and athletics.
If your intent is that athletics and sports are tools or devices to reach higher levels of mind, then your workout sessions become meditation.
Allow the emptiness inherent within actions and experiences to guide and shape your choices. Let your actions direct you, the actor, not the other way around.
In the Zen of sports and athletics, we seek to bring discipline and control into our physical movements, but at the same time to eliminate the self that gets in the way of perfect play.
In the West, we think of sports and athletics as individual achievement, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat; it all revolves around the ego. This has nothing to do with the Zen of sports and athletics.
When you unite the nothingness of your mind with the nothingness of the Frisbee, then the Frisbee is not a Frisbee, and you are not you.
There are lots of people who work out and aren't at all powerful in terms of their mind or their spirits.
All success in sports and athletics, from the Zen point of view, comes from the mind. No matter what kind of shape your body is in, there is disharmony in the being.
In Zen we strive to bring both the mind and the body into perfect combination, so that there is no intrinsic difference between them.
Diet is highly individual. You have to see what your body wants and what is healthy for it.
One or two of my friends set longevity records for people who had AIDS. What they did, incredibly hard though it was, was to practice meditation, positive thinking and they worked out physically quite a bit.
Several very good friends of mine have died of AIDS. I spent a great deal of time with them when they went through that process.
Transform yourself. It is not the opponent that will change, or the Frisbee. They will change in relation to your change. You must change.
When you're happy, your immune system is at its strongest point. And when you think negatively, or when you hate, or allow yourself to grow emotionally out of control, you are weakening your immune system.
In the Orient we have known for thousands of years that the most powerful tonic for ill health is a happy and clear mind.
I recommend for everyone the study of some type of sports or athletics, particularly martial arts. Always check with your doctor first, naturally.
Athletics is a luxury.
There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.
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