No One Playing
Intention is in tension - learning to take the stress out of performance
This is a story about a strange encounter on the golf course with someone who, on the face of it, knows nothing about golf but who ends up teaching the author about the inner game and questioning his approach to golf and to life itself.
It's not just about golf or sport, nor about improvement or progress or how to do something. If anything, it points to a way of living effortlessly that is free and harmonious, that is, to the essence of mindfulness and non-duality.
Each of the nineteen chapters contains a lesson which the author palpably resists for the first few holes. But, gradually he comes to realise the profound truth in the teachings of the stranger and begins to understand the radical perspective of no one playing.
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No One Playing is a mystical journey with lessons for us all about the magic of attitude, which can lead us either to suffering or delight, and an abiding stillness that reveals our world’s extraordinary beauty. ~ Michael Murphy, Author of Golf in the Kingdom and The Kingdom of Shivas Irons
“This is a wonderful book. Wisdom often arrives disguised as a story. It sneaks past the watchful guard of the intellect and gets right to where it is needed most. Your enjoyment of golf and life cannot help but be enhanced by reading these words. Highly recommended.” ~ Sam Jarman , PGA Golf Professional and Author.
"No one playing is both a profound piece of work and a thoroughly enjoyable read. It's touching and truthful, skips along at a lovely pace, and is certainly not just for golfers too. It may just change the way you view the world and your 'self'." ~ Simon Mundie, Broadcaster, Event Speaker and Presenter of the BBC's 'Don't tell me the Score'
It takes a certain type of golf book to get me interested and to the end! When you've played the game for a living for so long I tend to steer away from golf books and texts. I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great read and I think will be a real eye opener for a lot of golfers of all levels 'No one Playing' has got a really good insight into the golfers mind and what we go through out there. Anyone who has played the game for a number of years will certainly resonate with a lot of the 'stuff' that is in this book as it describes the golfer going through hole by hole. It reminded me of a couple of other golf books I really enjoyed, Golf In The Kingdom by Michael Murphy and Extraordinary Golf By Fred Shoemaker. I am really happy to endorse this book. I know quite a few professional sports people are starting to explore and see the benefits of mindfulness and 'No one Playing' explains the process clearly and still keeps it relevant to golf. I'm sure it will be a success. ~ Neil Rowlands, Tournament professional golfer
'I loved this short story I read a hole each day as I enjoyed digesting the message or feel of the hole and then thinking about it'. ~ Peter Evans, Golfer, entrepreneur and doctor of philosophy
Wonderful...this is lovely writing and story telling! ~ Dr Mark Davis, Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, golfer and long term meditator
This is a great story filled with wisdom not only for the golfer but for anyone who plays sport, music or who is simply wanting to live life more effortlessly. ~ Vaughn Malcolm, Retired lecturer, linguist, and musician