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...
Is It Time To Get A New (Inner) Coach?

Is It Time To Get A New (Inner) Coach?

Is it time to get a new coach?  How has the one you’ve got been treating you? I mean, how does he or she talk to you when things are not going well, when you are not performing as you intend? Are his or her words condemning? Is the tone harsh? Is there...
Do Your Intentions For Swimming Matter?

Do Your Intentions For Swimming Matter?

What Is Intention? Your intention is another word for your sense of purpose.  While it is not regarded as one of the attitudes I’ve been writing about in this series, intention is regarded as a central component of mindfulness practice, as one part of the triad...
Why Do We Need Trust For Swimming?

Why Do We Need Trust For Swimming?

What role does trust play in our swimming? I see it as the foundation to everything we are doing in the water. Here are many of the ways trust plays a vital role…   Trust the Water For those who have experienced fear of the water and want to learn to swim...
Do You Have Enough Patience For Swimming?

Do You Have Enough Patience For Swimming?

We continue this exploration of what Jon Kabat-Zinn calls the Attitudes of Mindfulness with a discussion on how  patience plays an important role in our swimming practice. You may enjoy hearing Kabat Zinn briefly describe this attitude. Mindfulness for our swimming...
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