Who's Minding The Shop?
You know - the 'shop' in your head - the element of a you that enables awareness of the world, experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. It is running the show after all, via thoughts & emotions that trigger your actions.
NEWS FLASH this late January, 2019 day - and like with all in the golfy realm - nothing new (the physics haven't changed, boys and girls): Thought precedes action. It's all an inside job.
So, who is minding the shop, when you are on the links, and life's daily sidewalks? Do you recognize the individuals? Are they useful and helpful for the situation at hand? Or hurtful, critical and dysfunctional? Are you out there pretending to be someone you are supposed to/should be, according to society, culture, or someone else's norm or standard? Or is your true self shining, brightly (yes, please)?
Click on the powerhouse above - looks a lot like you, BTW - and take in the tune by Jackson Browne. Close your lenses to the outside world for a few precious moments - the shop you are minding is inside - then drift on back CS' way for some insight on how to tap into and awaken your inner guru for better performance in the golf park.
"Next Voice You Hear, It Will Be Your Own"
Amen. Multiple versions of JB throughout the video and tune, huh? Yet they are all him. What about you? When you're over shot (or situation in life) that makes you feel uncomfortable? When you make birdie and feel like you actually know what you're doing, then a quad and feel like a complete idiot? When you look like a Tour player one instant, then a 39-handicapper the next? When you are praised or scorned at your workplace (is that place your true calling - or are you doing it to fatten your bank account, impress others, and fit in)?
"Gather your deeds and your possessions
Whatever certainty you've known
Forget your heroes
You don't really need those last few lessons
Stand in the open
The next voice you hear will be your own"
Double Amen - especially when it comes to the plethora of on-line golf swing panderers...
Stand in the open (do you need those last few lessons?), listen to the next voice you hear (it'll be your own), and consider:
- Have the blue-lit screen teachers ever actually seen you swing live, knowing what, and how, you are thinking? Oops.
- Have those crackerjack swing analysis Gods assessed you physically, to know your limitations, restrictions, strengths and weaknesses? Oopsie.
- Have the methodologists bothered to examine the greatest and most successful players of all time, to know that the best way to swing a club and play the game is, well - the way you swing and play best? Whoopsie.
How best to proceed then, you ask, on the links and beyond? Some wisdom - sorely needed in the current land of golf instruction so deeply buried in information, data and #'s - courtesy of Herman Hesse. CS spin for your ball and stick challenges, to follow.
Like the image above, it's black and white, really:
HH: "You must unlearn the habit of being someone else or nothing at all, of imitating the voices of others and mistaking the faces of others for your own."
CS spin: Question: only person to shoot scores of 58, and 59, in the history of the PGA Tour? The guy holding the lightning rod above, of course.
HH: "When destiny comes to a man from outside, it lays him low, just as an arrow lays a deer low. When destiny comes to a man from within, from his innermost being, it makes him strong, it makes him into a god… A man who has recognized his destiny never tries to change it. The endeavor to change destiny is a childish pursuit that makes men quarrel and kill one another… All sorrow, poison, and death are alien, imposed destiny. But every true act, everything that is good and joyful and fruitful on earth, is lived destiny, destiny that has become self."
CS spin: Tell me: has your destiny, in the golf park, and in your overall existence, been replaced by density?
HH: "Most men, the herd, have never tasted solitude. They leave father and mother, but only to crawl to a wife and quietly succumb to new warmth and new ties. They are never alone, they never commune with themselves. And when a solitary man crosses their path, they fear him and hate him like the plague; they fling stones at him and find no peace until they are far away from him. The air around him smells of stars, of cold stellar spaces; he lacks the soft warm fragrance of the home and hatchery.
A man must be indifferent to the possibility of falling, if he wants to taste of solitude and to face up to his own destiny. It is easier and sweeter to walk with a people, with a multitude — even through misery. It is easier and more comforting to devote oneself to the “tasks” of the day, the tasks meted out by the collectivity."
CS spin: Tiger Woods, above: he's fallen. He's tasted solitude, as well as the bitter with the sweet. He's well acquainted with misery. Now he's facing up to his own destiny.
You know what's equally miserable? You going out for a round of golf and setting goals like:
- I want to play 'well.'
I'm going to try and shoot a 'good' score.
- I'll "do my best."
Density, indeed. You see, the brain - the organ/muscle entity minding the shop - likes to chase things. Post Saturday's round last week at Torrey Pines when TW was at 5-under-par for the event, Tiger stated (it's called intention, amigos) he'd like to "get it to double digits (under par)." Sunday's score? 67 - 5 deep - which got him to 10-under-par for the tournament.
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HH: "You were made to be yourselves. You were made to enrich the world with a sound, a tone, a shadow.
In each one of you there is a hidden being, still in the deep sleep of childhood. Bring it to life! In each one of you there is a call, a will, an impulse of nature, an impulse toward the future, the new, the higher. Let it mature, let it resound, nurture it! Your future is not this or that; it is not money or power, it is not wisdom or success at your trade — your future, your hard dangerous path is this: to mature and to find God in yourselves."
CS spin: my own deep sleep at age 3. What about you? Your sound. Your tone. Your shadow. Letting it mature and resound - or have you fallen into an even deeper sleep of seeking success at your trade?
Coaching & Guidance
Need some direction and nurturing in finding the best person to mind your shop on the golf course, so as to enjoy the experience more, and hit better shots? I can help.
On my home turf at Eugene Country Club, or in a golf park near you.
“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”
― Ram Dass
~ CS ~