Dr. Robert Heller’s Mind Body Newsletter
“Mind Body Skills for Performing at Your Best”
Quote of the Month
“If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”
This quote was attributed to one of the most influential ancient scholars in Jewish History, Rabbi Hillel. Its meaning is just of profound today. Read on.
Coping with Catastrophe
In light of the recent tragedy that occurred in the movie theatre inAurora,Colorado, where a gunman, using a semi-automatic weapon, killed 12 people and wounded 59 others, we are filled with mixed emotions: anger, fear, frustration and depression – all normal reactions to an abnormal and horrific event.
Yet, within these catastrophic events are opportunities to make a difference; to make a change for the better. Perhaps it is becoming more vigilant of our surroundings and reporting suspicious behavior rather than ignoring it or “thinking” about taking an action that you never take. Perhaps it is writing, calling and lobbying your elected officials to enforce existing guns, close the loopholes or enact tougher laws to reduce the ease that allow violent and sick people to have access to such weapons. In fact, I doubt our founding fathers would have approved the right to bear arms if they could ever imagined AK 47 assault weapons and anti tank rifles with the ability to take down an a passenger aircraft in the hands of the general public.
Perhaps we can vote-in people to the leadership of the powerful National Rifle Association individuals who are not stuck in ALL or NOTHING thinking and will be more rational in their views and interpretation over the right to bear arms.
We will need to put our money where our mouths are, as money is power and power is what produces change. Make a difference. Do something now.
The Olympics are here and provide an opportunity to see the top athletes in the world compete. As you watch and listen, I would encourage you to pay attention to their mental approach and reaction to competition. Focus on the humbleness of winning and the grace of losing. As in most things in life, there is the “big picture” to keep in mind: the opportunity to compete on the world stage, to represent your country and bring the spirit of good sportsmanship to nations.
I was recently interviewed for the USTA tennis magazine and discussed the role of sport psychology in tennis. Look for the article in September or October.
On August 21, I will be appearing on a new internet Video program and speaking on the role of psychology in Sports.
I recently saw an episode which features an attractive female psychologist who is a consultant to a major league football enterprise. I do not think it accurately reflects what a sport psychologist or clinical psychologist does but it is entertaining. If you have seen it, e-mail me with your comments.
Until next month.