Lessons He Taught Living A Mindful Life

“What?  What just happened.” I said to myself as I read, on Facebook that passing of Kobe Bryant.  As I always do, I quickly Googled for a more credible source before believing that the news was true. Upon confirming it was true stunned I had to find a way to tell my partner who was in the car at the time.   I breathed, centered and spoke the following.  “Kobe Bryant died.” He said “What, do you mean, died?” I repeated, “Kobe Bryant died.” again he goes to the fact-checker.

The next words out of his mouth were “But, he’s younger than we are. I watched his entire career.”

Then moments of silence.

All we could do was breathe. Eventually we would re-center.

Breathe in the memories, moments and magic that was Kobe Bryant on and off the court.  

Over the coming days, we will read conspiracy theories, NTSB reports and see hours of video attempting to make sense of this tragedy. Our minds want to make sense of only what a heart can seek to understand.  While the media will put together some collective understanding of what we “should” learn from Kobe’s life the truth is we were all witnesses to his life in different ways.  The lessons create the opportunity in all of us.a choice to change as a result of this day.

So, what now?

Times of grief sadly are often the best times to begin a mindful practice.  Take time to make sense of this loss for you.  What I have come to know in my study of mindfulness is Kobe Bryant himself was a practitioner of mindfulness.  Mindfulness is the practice of centering and becoming present with the present moment.  No matter what that moment may be.  In this video Phil Jackson recounts using Mindful practices with Kobe. 

As we watch hours of footage and interviews in the coming days you may see the energy of sadness in the eyes of players, fan, media, those who knew him, and those who knew of him. Why are we all mourning the loss of this man?  He was a human being.  Not a human doing.  Each and every moment he worked, persevered, connected, and represented a dream to be the best he could be.

Why the sadness? My take now is we perceive a light within us has been extinguished.  Who will we look to at this moment, and going forward to see that same perseverance, connection, and greatness? 

Here is what I know, this is exactly the opposite of what he would want.  Kobe would return to his mindful meditation practice.  When time sgot tough on and off the court you could see Kobe in a meditative state. Perhaps it’s time to look within ourselves.

Mindfully mourn this day, week, month, however long it takes.

  • Sit in the authentic emotions you are feeling. Don’t judge them allow them and ask what those emotions are here to tell you.  Listen.
  • Sit in excellence that you are.
  • Sit in the gratitude of what you are and what you have.
  • Sit in the joy of the family birth or chose that surrounds you.
  • Honor the times of your own excellence, perseverance no matter what you do.
  • Let that still small voice in you tell you, your one next right action.

Kobe was not just an athlete.  He was a human – being.  With his daily mindfulness practice, he could be fully present as a husband, father, NBA player, author and so much more.  For many Kobe will represent the best of who we came here to be.  Perhaps that is the life set for all of us now. Take a moment this week to listen to what is your next action to be the greatness you came here to become.

If you are looking for community at this time to explore the deeper meaning of this loss, or how to start a mindful practice reach out to the team here at www.LeadershipSolutionsInternational.com. The basketball court in many ways was Kobe’s office we know he practiced mindfulness there and you can too no matter where you call your office.

Mindful matters and so do you!