George Mumford was a basketball talented who sidelined by an injury, used painkillers a little too much, and went looking for new ways to get his body and mind right. What he found was meditation. Mumford practiced mindfulness as a way to deal with pain, clear out nagging thoughts, and zero in on the important things in life.
Along the way Mumford got good at teaching mindfulness. He was so good, in fact, that former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson enlisted him to help stars like Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan perform at an elite level. When Jackson moved to the L.A. Lakers, Mumford instructed that team's stars — Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Now Mumford is out with a new book called The Mindful Athlete. Mumford came on Boston Public Radio to talk about his life, and give listeners pointers on mindfulness.