[Meditation] is what I do to start every day. It's a discipline and a
setting of priorities. I'm not going to allow my mind to create
situations, expectations and attitudes that may or may not be true,
but can negatively influence my experience of the day ahead. Instead,
I want to be led by the feeling, or the spirit of whatever the reality
is and however it manifests.
The technique I use is called 'alertness meditation,' which is simply
a sense of being present at every breath and understanding that the
breath is the opening and closing of the door to life. It's just
sitting in as close to a lotus posture as my battered body can manage
and being conscious of my breath coming and going. Of course, the mind
will race in to fill the gaps, but every breath brings me back to an
inner silence and inner stillness. Eventually, there comes a sense of
connectedness, a realization that everything that is exists in the
same moment. This is now. This is now. This is now. And so on. The
common existence in this same nowness is what connects everything, so
that even the smallest microcosm in our particular world is connected
to the most distant part of the universe.
[...] I've come to believe that signing autographs is actually a very
phony, unreal way to connect with people. It's actually very easy and
undemanding to sign my name on photograph or a piece of paper and not look anybody in the eye and then just walk away. Going face-to-face
with somebody, saying a few words of greeting, and shaking their hand
seems to be much more of a human connection.
-- Phil Jackson
As a basketball coach and a player, he has won the NBA championships
eight times, most recently with Los Angeles Lakers last year).
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