Not Another Mountain Metaphor

The sun, pouring down mellow gold, seemed to be shining only for them, and the wind gave them voice; but the gestures of their outstretched arms appeared wholly independent of the wind, and impressed one with a solemn awe that overbore all our knowledge of causes, and brought us into the condition of being newlyContinue reading “Not Another Mountain Metaphor”

Just In Time For Spring: Using the GROW Model to help us reflect

It’s remarkable how much is changing every day, moment to moment, when we choose to slow down and notice. It’s easy to lose track of firsts when we’re always concerned with what comes next. The next assignment, the next vacation, we’re already somewhere else before we give ourselves an opportunity to just be here. AndContinue reading “Just In Time For Spring: Using the GROW Model to help us reflect”

But First, The Thaw by Andy Waterman

You’re still wearing your winter down when the first false spring appears one lunchtime in late February  or early March.  The sun choosing for one day only to burn with a ferocity you forgot it had. Thoughts turn right on Hereford,  left on Boylston and keep racing and racing toward borrowed houses made of wood,Continue reading “But First, The Thaw by Andy Waterman”

We’re Doing It All Wrong: Misconceptions About Meditation, Mindfulness, and Zen

This post is going to (attempt) to be short and sweet like Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel. What initially drew me to this book was my summer working as an archery instructor at the YMCA. This is where I was affectionately known as “Archery Jake” and had all day to shootContinue reading “We’re Doing It All Wrong: Misconceptions About Meditation, Mindfulness, and Zen”

“A Most Beautiful Thing”, Emotional Valence, and Discussing Life Skills

Arshay Cooper, the author of A Most Beautiful Thing, captures the best of sport in a true story about America’s first all black high school rowing team. Arshay details the importance and impact of rowing on his life while growing up on the west side of Chicago in the 1990’s. Not only was it aContinue reading ““A Most Beautiful Thing”, Emotional Valence, and Discussing Life Skills”

Youth Sports Greed and Eccles With an Expert

I wish I knew how it all started. The sponsorship deals, the exaggerated importance, and the sectors of commercialization in youth sports. The attention given to revenue and the creation of elite/luxury training programs for adolescents has significantly changed the sporting environment I grew up in . Maybe I’m just an idealist and I’ve alwaysContinue reading “Youth Sports Greed and Eccles With an Expert”

That Moment Before Burnout

In recent years, burnout seems to have become a buzz word of sorts. As a society, burnout is something people are more apt to identify for themselves but also more capable of recognizing it in others. There are certain signs of burnout that feel commonplace and familiar. Schaufeli and Buunk (2003) outlined five categories ofContinue reading “That Moment Before Burnout”