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Do you hear what I hear?

I have tinnitus.  When I first began meditating, the constant buzz in my ears (really in my head) drove me mad.  But then I began to use it as a vehicle for awareness and concentration (and compassion for myself–why me? Read More

Garrison Talks at the JCC: An Evening with Sharon Salzberg & George Mumford

With Sharon Salzberg and her guest, George Mumford, author of The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance

Can the secret to peak performance be mindfulness? Widely respected public speaker and coach, George Mumford, knows what it takes to be a champion. He has helped everyone from Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to execs at companies including Google, ebay and AT & T and watched these athletes give their best possible performance and company employees excel at everything they do.

Join Sharon as she interviews George about his life and practice and they will talk about the ways in which learning to live mindfully can impact all aspects of life, including performance.

There will be time for a meditation together and or Q and A. Please join us for a small reception and book signing after the talk.

About George T. Mumford

George T. Mumford is a Sports Psychology Consultant, Personal and Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Coach and an Insight Meditation Teacher. As a Sports Psychology Consultant, he has worked with the Los Angeles Lakers (1999-2003) and the Chicago Bulls (1993-1998), as part of Phil Jackson’s support staff. During that time, Jackson’s teams won six NBA World Championships: the Chicago Bulls won three (1996-98) and the Los Angeles Lakers won three (2000-2002).

George is currently working with the New York Knicks, Holy Cross Men’s Basketball and private clients.

George has worked with Boston College Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Ohio University Athletic Department; University of Minnesota Women’s Basketball; and three Premiership Football (Soccer) Clubs. He also consults with other athletic departments and other organizations and private clients. Some of his clients include Olympic Athletes, Athletic Organizations, Coaches, Senior Athletic Administrators, and Athletes competing in a variety of sports (Soccer, Volley Ball, Football, Baseball, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Golf, Figure Skating, Fencing, and Softball).

He also works as an Executive Coach. George’s clients include Corporate Executives, Medical Doctors and individuals.

While working at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester Massachusetts, Department of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Stress Reduction Clinic, He developed and implemented Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs for an Inner-city “Satellite” Clinic and several Massachusetts Correctional Institution Facilities.

In October of 2007 George T. Mumford was the Keynote Speaker for the UC Davis Health System Alternative and Integrative Medicine for Pain Management Conference, held in Lanai City, Hawaii.

On April 9 2004 he was a presenter at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, The Wharton Leadership Venture on Self-Awareness program titled “Leading from Within” held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

In September of 2003, George was one of several meditation teachers invited to participate in the “Healing through Great Difficulty: a meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama former Prisoners and Meditation Teachers” held in New York City.

Part of the “Garrison Talks at the JCC” series and co-sponsored by the Garrison Institute.

About Garrison Institute

The Garrison Institute applies the transformative power of contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future.

We envision and work to build a future in which contemplative ideas and methods are increasingly mainstream, and are applied at scale to create the conditions for positive, systemic social and environmental change. A positive state of mind is a critical condition for a positive future, because it profoundly affects future behavior. Contemplation will be increasingly recognized and practiced as a key pathway to positive states of mind and behavior, helping to cultivate caring, insight and courage in individuals, to forge new ways of thinking, new learning and leadership networks among key leaders and groups, and to shift collective values, worldviews and practices in society.

About JCC Manhattan

Founded in 1989, the JCC’s early volunteer programs included JCC Works, a citywide social action day involving over 500 volunteers who worked at schools, shelters, parks, AIDS residences, soup kitchens, and hospitals; The Gift of Literacy, a 10-year partnership with New York City’s P.S. 75—Emily Dickinson School where volunteers mentored 2nd graders at-risk for reading; Partners for Literacy and Early Bird, where JCC volunteers read to children to stimulate interest and enjoyment of reading; and SeniorNet, a program bringing seniors together to learn computer skills. By 2000, the JCC offered more than 400 programs a year.

Following a stint in a 22,000-square foot space at the Jewish Guild for the Blind on 65th Street, the JCC’s Samuel Priest Rose Building at 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue opened in January 2002, enabling the JCC to better serve the community through its powerful design and innovative programming. The 137,000 square-foot, 14-story, state of the art building created opportunities to celebrate and participate in all aspects of life, and included a library, swimming pool, nursery school, day camp, after-school programs, computer center and more.

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28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 5 Thursday, February 5, 2015 Multitasking is a myth. There is plenty of science to back this up (you can read it here, listen to it here, get the bullet list here, and do a Read More


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