Knowledge, Nature, & Sport

The Dangers of Certainty: A Lesson From Auschwitz
by Simon Critchley
The New York Times

Do you experience power in knowledge? We are taught from a young age that knowledge is power…and indeed it can be. But this article reminds us that the source of that power is found in the fallibility of human nature as opposed to absolute certainty. As Critchley shares, "If the human condition is defined by limitedness, then this is a glorious fact…We always have to acknowledge that we might be mistaken. When we forget that, then we forget ourselves and the worst can happen." Watch this short video to the right for a sobering reminder of the dangers in forgetting ourselves.

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Spirituality and Surfing
by Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young
The Huffington Post 

"Eternity happens to us when we are so fully in time that in a way time ceases to matter.” So many people find grace, God, or themselves in nature, in sport, in activity. For Reverend Dr. Clemens Young those moments of eternity are discovered while riding waves. The world around us has the power to help us go deeper into the sacred, whether on a wave, up a mountain, with a snowflake, or during a walk in the woods. This article invites you to find a way to bring your whole self to nature this week: “How do you launch yourself on every wave?"

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Lotus pose on two
by Alyssa Roenigk
ESPN The Magazine

We've unearthed this article from last summer about how Pete Carroll has tried to build a different kind of football team, bringing in meditation, yoga, mental health support, and a kinder and gentler approach to motivation and team building. After their blow out performance this weekend, it is hard to ignore that there may be some important lessons for teams, organizations, and other groups working together in “Carroll’s mantras regarding positivity of thought, words and actions.” How might valuing people lead to better management of stress and pressure? How might promoting caring values lead to the elevation of individual and collective potential?

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