Gaining Control Over Your Attention and Energy Flow

Gaining Control Over Your Attention and Energy Flow

The mind and the body develop together and where one goes the other is pulled along. If you are training the body to become capable of something extraordinary, are you training the mind for its role in this as well? There is a saying, most notably promoted by Daniel...
Trust Supports Skill… At Every Level Of Performance

Trust Supports Skill… At Every Level Of Performance

One of my favorite scenarios in coaching is to guide a non-swimmer from a tense and fearful relationship with water to a relaxed and confident relationship as a capable swimmer. With an understanding of what’s happening deep in the body’s autonomic nervous...
Going From Pool To Open Water

Going From Pool To Open Water

Spring is the time of year when more people are contacting us to get ready for some summer events or activities in open water. It could be for a triathlon, a swim holiday, snorkeling, or being more comfortable swimming recreationally or for personal safety while...
Your Stroke Is Like A Song

Your Stroke Is Like A Song

Accomplished musicians can play not only many different songs, they can also play the same song in different ways – changing the feel without changing the essence. Different artists will play the same song, sometimes trying to play it precisely like another, or...
Differentiating Your Thinking from Awareness and Attention

Differentiating Your Thinking from Awareness and Attention

At one time or another, you may have received the rebuke, “Don’t think about it so much. Just do it!” In some consequential situations where self-control is needed, slowing down to think is a really good thing to do. In others, where a different kind of control is...
Coach Mat is Back on this Blog

Coach Mat is Back on this Blog

Photo by Juliana Barquero on Unsplash It’s been nearly a year since I took a pause from the blog here. Over this last year, I was increasingly absorbed with study and writing (draft after draft) of my masters dissertation which I completed a week ago. With a bit...
Coach Mat Taking A Pause On This Blog

Coach Mat Taking A Pause On This Blog

As a coach (both for athletics and for life and personal development) I advocate for self and situational awareness, listening to one’s body and being and environment, and learning to interpret and respond in a health-promoting way. Things change, inside of us...
Accept What Is In Order To Change It

Accept What Is In Order To Change It

Do you notice, as I do, that rarely are we the same person in the same condition in today’s practice that we were the day before? Every day presents the likely possibility that something is different in our bodies, in our minds, in our personal conditions, which...
Stacking Your Movement At Home

Stacking Your Movement At Home

Under these global circumstances most of us are staying at home perhaps more than we ever have as adults. With all this time stuck in one place, we may look at our habitats and imagine how they could possibly serve our bodies and minds better. How many of us have...
How Can You Improve By Not Trying To?

How Can You Improve By Not Trying To?

For many in our culture, probably the most challenging attitude to develop in mindfulness is ‘non-striving’. It is certainly counter-intuitive in nearly every context we face.  In mindfulness meditation, non-striving could be viewed as a skill we develop...
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