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  • So our guest teacher is somebody that I'm so excited is going to teach you about sleep and meditation because he's so unexpected.

  • It's Kobe Bryant.

  • And you may say, "Why Kobe?"

  • Well, it's Kobe because when I first met him, we talked a lot about sleep and meditation.

  • And he told me how he used to sleep for three or four hours.

  • And then he realized that, in fact, sleep and meditation are performance enhancers and he would do anything to be his best at the game.

  • And far from what our culture makes us believe, that there is actually a trade-off between sleep, meditation, and productivity and performance, there isn't.

  • And Kobe proves that.

  • [Kobe Bryant: The importance sleep and meditation]

  • Let's get to it!

  • Lesson one, get an additional 30 minutes of sleep a night.

  • Take it as a challenge, try to find that space, quiet your mind, and get your 30 minutes of sleep.

  • And you'll see it makes a really, really big difference.

  • My sleep habits were horrendous, to say the least.

  • I've always had a hard time sleeping.

  • I couldn't figure out how to shut my brain off.

  • What made the light bulb come on is that I went out there and played a game and I played like crap.

  • And I was like, "Why am I playing like crap because I've been practicing these same moves over and over and over?"

  • But yet, I couldn't execute them properly.

  • I was feeling sluggish, I was feeling lethargic and I knew it wasn't because of my training.

  • Because I'd trained obsessively.

  • So then I started looking at other things.

  • That's when I came to the realization that hey Kobe, you're not 21 years old anymore, buddy.

  • Maybe the fact that you're sleeping you're sleeping two, three hours a night.

  • Maybe that has something to do with the fact that you're playing like crap.

  • And that's when I started really evaluating those things.

  • And I'd say lesson two would be just five minutes of quiet time.

  • Five minutes for you to be mindful.

  • And to just sit and find that inner voice and just kinda listen to the self.

  • Preferably would be in the morning as you start your day.

  • I meditate every day.

  • I meditate everyday and I do it in the mornings and I do it for about 10 to 15 minutes.

  • And I think it's important because it just sets me up for the rest of the day.

  • It helps me, it's like having an anchor.

  • If I don't do it, I feel like I'm constantly chasing the day as opposed to being able to be controlled and dictate the day.

  • Not that you're calling the shots on what comes forward, but the fact that I am set and ready for whatever may come my way.

  • You know, I have a calmness about whatever comes my way and a poise.

  • And that comes from starting the morning of through meditation.

  • For me, it's really just listening to my inner self.

  • That's basically it.

  • Like you sit in silence, and you just allow these thoughts to come forward, and you get a chance to observe the self.

  • And things that may be lying beneath the surface that if you don't have that time to sit quietly on your own, you'll never pay attention to.

  • 'Cause if you think about it, the reality is that we're paying attention to so many things that are going on around us.

  • We're constantly taking selfies, we're constantly taking pictures to post on Instagram and all these other things that we're constantly observing everything that's around us.

  • But we don't take the time to really observe what's going on inside of ourselves.

  • And that's what meditation is for me.

  • In 2000, we had a new head coach that came to the Los Angeles Lakers, by the name of Phil Jackson.

  • And Phil was just coming off of winning six championships with the Bulls.

  • And he was really big on mindfulness and really big on meditation.

  • And it wasn't an option for us.

  • So we'd sit in our film room and he'd turn the lights out.

  • And we would meditate as a group.

  • And he'd teach us mindfulness.

  • And it really connected with me because he was teaching mindfulness through something that I was extremely passionate about which was the game of basketball.

  • So it was told through the lens of this is going to help you here.

  • So I had this curiosity about it.

  • And that was my introduction to meditation.

  • And then seeing the poise that we played with.

  • The fact that we can be in a hostile environment with fans yelling and screaming, and you know, pressure situations.

  • And it having no effect on us, because we were "never too high, never too low."

  • We were just in the moment and felt very secure in who we were.

  • And that was my introduction to meditation.

  • I had a great experience which really I learned a lot about meditation through this experience.

  • I was on a jet ski and I took the jet ski out in the ocean and I just kinda sat, and I just let the current just take me wherever it was gonna take me.

  • And I really saw a lot of meditation through that moment because I wasn't trying to control the moment.

  • I wasn't trying to force myself upon the waves and dictate where I was gonna go, I just let the waves take me there.

  • And there was a lot of peacefulness involved in that.

So our guest teacher is somebody that I'm so excited is going to teach you about sleep and meditation because he's so unexpected.

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Kobe Bryant - The Power of Sleep & Meditation

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    Eunice Lin posted on 2020/09/13
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