Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Podcast 23 - A Playing Lesson

In Zen Golf, talking about preparation, Dr. Joe Parent quotes a Jack Nicklaus question that is meaningful for all of us.

You'll find the question, and my answer, in this week's podcast, number #23 in the series.

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Podcasts: #20 - #22

Podcasts over the next five weeks will be handled a little differently. Because of travel/vacation plans, and because of some minor (I hope) medical hoops I'm required to jump through, I'm going to have very limited recording opportunities.

Therefore, I'll be doing the next five podcasts over the next couple of days. They will be put up on the hosting site (Liberated Syndicationl.Com) but will only become available one every seven days. You'll see the links here, but they won't function until the appointed date.

Podcast 20: Are We Having Fun? Available as of March 12th.

The question: Are we happy? Are we having fun?

How could your life work, if it's not from a base of happiness? In Zen/Buddhist practice, not only is happiness allowed, it is a primary objective. You can only lift up others if you yourself are operating out of happiness.

It's the same on the golf course. If you're stomping around in anger, nothing is going to go well.

And so, the question: how to be happy?

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.

Podcast 21: How to Fix Your Swing. Available as of March 19th.

The previous podcast charges us with being happy, on the course and in our life. It is our right to be happy, as it is our obligation. What to do, then, on those golf days where nothing goes right, where our swing deserts us and darkness descends? How do we fix our swing, so that we can be happy?

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.

(To subscribe through iTunes, you may have to have iTunes up and running in the background.)


Podcast 22: The Yin and Yang of Golf Available as of March 26th.

We've all seen the familiar Yin/Yang symbol. But do you know what it signifies? About life? About golf?

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.

(To subscribe through iTunes, you may have to have iTunes up and running in the background.)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Podcast 19 - The Eightfold Path (Part 3)

This is the last of a three-part series on The Eightfold Path, the Zen route to ending desire or attachment which, in turn, provides the escape from suffering. As we all experience suffering in our golfing life, it's a path worth following.

And, as a bonus and as announced, this program carries a small bonus: brief clips from the sound tracks included in Tour Tempo, the instructional book reviewed this week.

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.

(To subscribe through iTunes, you may have to have iTunes up and running in the background.)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Podcast 18 - The Eightfold Path (Part 2)

As in life, our golf experience is often characterized by suffering. Zen practice tells us the same about life, and that our suffering grows out of excessive desire and attachment. The Eightfold Path is the route to escape, and today's discussion focuses on the "Samadhi" steps: our inward mental controls that allow us to use our mental processes in a constructive way.

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.

(To subscribe through iTunes, you may have to have iTunes up and running in the background.)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Podcast 17 - The Eightfold Path (Part 1)

This program goes to the heart of Eastern thinking (and how it may influence your golf game). The Fundamental Truth is that life is about suffering, which comes from excessive desire, attachment, or futile attempts to control (certainly true in golf). Freedom from suffering comes by following the Eightfold Path; Part #1 covers "samadhi," our outward behavior.

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.

(To subscribe through iTunes, you may have to have iTunes up and running in the background.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Podcast 16 — Playing Better

How do I go about the process of playing better? Is my handicap tied to how many range balls I hit? Perhaps, but the true question is not what score you shot but, rather, how did you play?

But, isn't that also true about life? In order to make our life better, don't we have to think about that How? question there, as well?

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.

(To subscribe through iTunes, you may have to have iTunes up and running in the background.)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Podcast 15 — A Matter of Control

Today's program returns to the heart of our stated aim: the mental side of golf and the Zen principles that can help.

The discussion centers around the Fundamental Truth: that life is about suffering, which grows out of our mis-guided and fruitless attempts to control.

In golf, what can you control, what can you not, and how do you manage that question?

Click here to listen to this program, and here to subscribe through iTunes.