Washington Post: Welcome to ‘holistic’ spring training: Meditation, yoga and 30-foot pitchers

VP’s meditations and mindset training have been integrated into the Seattle Mariners culture more now than ever. Check out this article by Dave Sheinin of the Washington Posts addressing the holistic approach they are taking.

Before a day of baseball drills and practice, Mariners players sit in a quiet room to meditate and visualize their goals. “Right now, the next big thing is finding advantage in creativity and human capital,” General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. “Not only do we feel it’s a competitive advantage, but we think it’s the right thing to do.” (Dominic Valente for The Washington Post)

PEORIA, Ariz. — Around 7:30 one recent morning, with the desert sun having barely risen above the horizon, about a dozen Seattle Mariners minor leaguers, many in team-issued hoodies that hid bleary faces, walked silently down the main corridor of their training facility. They passed the candlelit office of the Mariners’ field coordinator. They passed the dining hall, where teammates lifted forkfuls of eggs and kale hash browns. They passed the “community library” — take a book, leave a book — with titles such as “Ego Is the Enemy” and “The Power of I Am” sitting alongside memoirs and biographies of Derek Jeter, Andre Agassi and Pat Summitt.

Finally, they arrived at a small, darkened meeting room filled with chairs that many of the players ignored, choosing instead to sit on the floor, backs to the wall. Before they would swing a bat or throw a pitch on another busy morning, they would sit here in silence for half an hour. They would meditate.

“Close your eyes,” a man’s recorded voice, soft and soothing, instructed the players. “Bring your attention to how you feel. Right. Now. Embrace whatever those feelings are. Feel yourself on the floor or chair. Feel yourself being here, now.”

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