If you’re a baseball fan in Toronto, New York, or LA you’ll probably know the name Shawn Green. A big league home run slugger who had a prolific career during the 1990’s and 2000’s and who did so without the use of performance enhancing drugs. In fact, according to this Star Tribune post, Shawn Green credits a lot of his success to meditation.
In a recent interview, Michael Rand discusses with Green his upcoming book, The Way of Baseball — Finding Stillness at 95 MPH, and how meditation allowed him to bring a certain presence of mind to his (baseball) practice. According to Green, in quieting the mind an inner stillness would emerge that not only helped him to stay loose at the plate, but also get through any of the normal slumps that many ball players face in their careers.
Q How do you describe the “stillness” that you talk about so much in the book?
A The way I’m using it is more like quieting the mind. The way I did that was through my tee work, where I would concentrate on the action — really listen to the sound of the bat hitting the ball, the sound of the ball hitting the back of the net, the breathing, and really getting into that moment and action of hitting. Earlier in my career, I got to the point where there was a lot of noise. There is a lot of thinking, and you see people at the plate paralyzed. … The less you can think, the more successful you’re going to be because your body naturally takes over and does thing the right way.
Read more on how Green used meditation to enhance his baseball career here.