the group imperative takes precedence

“They will have to expand their minds and embrace a vision in which the group imperative takes precedence over individual glory, and success comes from being awake, aware, and in tune with others.”

Phil Jackson. “Sacred Hoops.” Hyperion.


get out of our own way

"We are born with all the wisdom, playfulness, and imagination we need; we just sometimes need a reminder to return to our senses and get out of our own way. Let go of whatever fears, assumptions, distractions, resistance, and busyness may be hampering you. Allow yourself to think and feel and live that way."

Marc Lesser, "Do Less, Accomplish More", tricycle.com


a clear mind and open heart

“The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart. When you do that, the game—and life—will take care of itself.”

Phil Jackson. “Sacred Hoops.” Hyperion.


true joy comes from being fully present

“In basketball—as in life—true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way.”

Phil Jackson. “Sacred Hoops.” Hyperion.


patience is peaceful awareness

“Patience is peaceful awareness in the midst of weathering life’s storms, giving us the ability to go on in the face of adversity.”

Sharon Salzberg. “Love Your Enemies.” Hay House, 2013-09-11.


the ego is a bottomless pit of suckiness

"Spiritual change is precisely a process that is bigger than you. You don’t control it. You surrender to it. You don’t reinvent yourself through spiritual work. You face yourself, and then you must let go of all the ghastly things you find. But there is no end to these ghastly things. They keep coming. The ego is a bottomless pit of suckiness. And so you finally let go of the self that clings to itself (one definition of ego). True freedom comes when ego goes."

Shozan Jack Haubner, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment", tricycle.com