Zen Baseball

A non-expert exploring the intersection of baseball and mindfulness.

Walker, it is in your footsteps
that are the road, no more;
walker, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.

—Antonio Machado (via zencalendar)

The Wave

I have, in the last few years, come to know that baseball enables me personally to look always towards the rising dawn. Some look back, toward its past, and I do to sometimes, but only in small supply. My baseball is the game tomorrow, the upcoming season, the rookie called up, the first pitch.

A baseball game feels, often times, like the only possible way to ride the crest of the emerging moment. 

Same as hitting a baseball.



Tibetan Buddhist monks Create Mandalas Using Millions of Grains of Sand-The Mystical Arts

Imagine the amount of patience that’s required to create such highly detailed art such as this! To promote healing and world peace, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, travel the world creating incredible mandalas using millions of grains of sand. For days or even weeks, the monks spend up to eight hours a day working on one mandala sand painting, pouring multicolored grains of sand onto a shared platform until it becomes a spectacular piece of art.

(via acknowledgeandproceed)

Radio Silence

Baseball on the radio. Late innings, tension wrapped like copper wire around a post, guided by voices and the crowd’s electric hum. 

Game tied. Man on second. “The pitch. A deep drive to right center!”

Silence. The ball in flight, the unfolding physics, the waiting game.

In that silence, the single-sensed radio listener finds deep space: an infinite void filled to capacity.

A home run is a home run until it is no longer a home run, and never was.


Carlos Gomez would prefer if Joey Votto never homered against the Brewers again. 

(via mlb)

Less and more

Nationals rising star Anthony Rendon on a nervous night in front of his hometown Houston friends and family:

"I was swinging a little hard," Rendon said. "I was trying to hit the ball too hard. I just slowed things down. More is less. Less is more."


The very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centres of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, and to the rest of the universe atomically. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.

—Neil deGrasse Tyson

Zen is really just a reminder to stay alive and to be awake. We tend to daydream all the time, speculating about the future and dwelling on the past. Zen practice is about appreciating your life in this moment. If you are truly aware of five minutes a day, then you are doing pretty well. We are beset by both the future and the past, and there is no reality apart from the here and now.

—Peter Matthiessen (via zencalendar)

in other words, Billy Hamilton.

"In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality."

- Zen scholar DT Suzuki, intro to “Zen in the Art of Archery” by Eugen Herrigel (1953)