Secret to Winning the Super Bowl

January 30, 2015 9:22 PM

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Pete Carroll, head coach for the Seattle Seahawks, is no stranger to "meditation" -- in fact, he encourages his athletes to incorporate mindfulness exercises into their daily practices. I've always said that sports, as is life, is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. Meditation has been shown to increase happiness and decrease stress. By doing so it enables an athlete to get into the "zone." The zone is a place where your psychological awareness is totally focused on the job to be done. It doesn't allow for any distractions to cause you pause in completing your goal. In this case completing plays for a successful win.

While working for the Jets as their mental health clinician, I can remember riding on the family bus to Giant's stadium and everyone being happy and ready for a great day. As I looked at the team bus with the players on it, it appeared not to be as jovial. There were solemn faces, players thinking a...

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