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Golf for Enlightenment: The Seven Lessons for the Game of Life [Hardcover]

Deepak Chopra
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March 4 2003
Deepak Chopra has discovered the delights—and frustrations—of golf, and he is passionate about the game. Confronted by the wild ups and downs of his own play, he consulted with golf professionals and developed a new approach to the game that any golfer can follow—from the novice to the expert. The results can be measured not only in increased enjoyment and skill, but also in greater wisdom about life beyond the 18th hole.

Chopra’s own game has improved dramatically since incorporating the elements of his program. Instead of focusing on the mechanics of a “perfect” swing, Chopra reveals how golf can be mastered through mindfulness, a form of awareness that combines sharp focus and relaxation at the same time. Expanded awareness, he tells us, can accomplish much more than external mechanics to improve one’s game.

But Golf for Enlightenment is also an engrossing story about Adam, an Everyman who is playing a terrible round of golf when he meets a mysterious young teaching pro named Leela. In seven short but profound lessons detailing spiritual strategies, she teaches Adam the essence of a game that has much to explain about life itself.
Chopra has spent the last year taking the unique message in Golf for Enlightenment nationwide, teaching the essential tenets of his program at lectures and seminars to golfers everywhere. His message continues to help players turn an obsession into a positive life path.

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Chopra turns his mind-body eye on golf, a recently acquired personal hobby. Unfortunately, he juxtaposes his metaphysical approach to enjoyment and mastery of the game with a less-than-masterful fiction about Adam Seaver, a 36-year-old Bostonian who often lets his emotions and ego interfere with his golf swing. Adam encounters a mysterious male stranger during a particularly horrendous round of golf. When Adam follows the stranger's instructions and shows up at an isolated shack for some much-needed lessons, a young, attractive woman named Wendy appears and proceeds to teach Adam about his inner game. Each lesson is separated into three parts: The Lesson (the fiction), Playing the Game (what the lesson taught Adam about golf) and Applied to Life (the relationship of golf to a happier, more spiritual life). Adam eventually falls in love with Wendy and achieves the perfect swing, only to have both suddenly disappear. Chopra posits that life and golf are similar games and each can be mastered-offering maxims such as, "You and the ball are one," "Play from your heart to the hole," and "Let the game play you"-but the appeal to the average golfer may be limited.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Look who has taken up the Scottish game: the global proselytizer of health and spirituality, New Age style. Given golf's susceptibility to soakings of mysticism, it's remarkable that Chopra has gone 30 books into his consciousness-raising career before recognizing what a lucrative mark the sport might be for his shtick. What will the myriad purchasers of this book take away from Chopra's ruminations? Not much technical advice: the author seems shrewd enough to know that few hackers would be gulled by tips from a relative novice. Rather, Chopra affords the unhappy player a chance to drain the mind of anger and ready it for transformation into a soothing spiritual comity with the universe. Said player is asked to identify with Adam, who, on a day particularly productive of shanks and slices, is accosted by an apparition who adjures the despairing soul to consult golf pro Wendy, likewise an ethereal being. In a seven-part "fable," Wendy heightens Adams' awareness of "now," relieves him of his control compulsions, and restores his golfing life to balance and harmony. The authorial brand and publicity ensure that Chopra's confection will be highly, if transiently, popular. Gilbert Taylor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for golfers! May 17 2004
Format:Hardcover
Heard the CD version of GOLF FOR ENLIGHTENMENT: THE SEVEN LESSONS FOR THE GAME OF LIFE, written and read by Deepak Chopra . . . don't be put off by the title; even if you're not a golfer, you can get value from this material . . . the first part of each chapter, "The Lesson," contains a story about a golfer named Adam and his search for ways to improve his game . . . that material was only fair . . . what I did enjoy much more was the second part, "Playing the Game" or what the lesson taught Adam about life . . . and the third part, "Applied to Life," made the book really come alive, as it dealt with the relationship of golf to a happier, more spiritual life.
I have not played golf since I was a kid . . . however, if I ever
pick up the game again, I'd make it a point to reread this book . . . it showed me how the sport could be not only played, but enjoyed as well.
As Chopra notes toward the end, in talking about the hidden keys
to both golf and life:
When you laugh at a bad shot, you've transcended sorrow.
When you can take genuine pleasure in someone else's victory,
you've transcended jealousy.
When you can feel satisfaction with a round of 97, instead of 80, you've transcended self-importance.
The point is that only when you set your sights to go beyond
outcome can you allow in the possibility of defeating the voice
of self-criticism and ending the frustration that holds in check
deeper, darker fears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book can improve anyone's game. Aug. 28 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the best book I've ever read on golf. I started with the Audible version, listening to it when I traveled. However, I knew I wanted to review and refer back to much of what Deepak Chopra had to say, so I purchased the hardcover as well. The narrative switches between a kind of magical realistic story and Dr. Chopra's observations on one's possible inner approach to the game of golf. As a relative newcomer to the game, I had been surprised to learn how much golf depends on the player's state of mind. This book gets right into the mental and inner attitude that can make one's game successful. Of course, it is more than implied that this approach extends far beyond the fairway to all of life. Anyone who takes golf seriously will gain much from this book. The practice of these lessons on the course brings benefits off the course, as well.

Years ago, long before I played any golf, I read Michael Murphy's "Golf in the Kingdom." That book takes a similar approach, but is more philosophical and autobiographical and, ultimately, less practical for the actual game of golf. "Golf for Enlightenment" can improve anyone's game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars when the student is ready the teacher would appear March 10 2004
Format:Hardcover
I've been playing golf for many years and have tried all instructional books and tapes with very poor and inconsistent results. For sure I discarded the possibility of learning golf thru instructions on the mechanics of the golf swing, after so many years I'm convinced that my brain can't process the many nuances of the golf swing to produce a consistent one.
I've had more success when using mind and feeling techniques in the way that Jim Flick or W. Timothy Gallwey teaches in his book the Inner Game of Golf. Although it has improved my game and lower my handicap apparently my right side of the brain is underdeveloped and is still very hard for me to have consistent success.
In Dr.Chopra's approach to golf instruction he raises the level from the mechanical and the emotional all the way to the spiritual level. Maybe it has been that I've been searching for a different approach to the game and at the same time I love all this spiritual literature but the reality is that by using this book as an instructional guide and appplyng his techniques with an irrational faith has make me play the most sublime golf I have ever played in my life. Not necessarily by lowering my score wich I have done lately but by hitting the golf ball with a joy and a pleasure that I didn't have before.
A friend lend me this book the night before a tournament and I finished reading it in my car in the way to the tournament ( is a short book and I was in heavy traffic). In the first tee I imagined a line from the ball to my heart and did as he recommends and for some reason I hit the longest and most beautiful drive I've ever hit, I still go to sleep with the memory of that shot in my mind. Needless to say I played a wonderful round and won the tournament.
I'm still inconsistent but when I can really connect and truly play from my heart the results are beautiful. In my case this book has really impacted my golf game and my life is also fine, thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank God Deepak Chopra Discovered Golf!!!! Aug. 2 2003
By M. Bell
Format:Hardcover
I've been a golfer now for 12 years and a serious reader for even longer. Having devoured books like 'The Legend of Bagger Vance', 'Golf in the Kingdom' and others, the golf/mysticism genre is one that seems to grow stronger and better all the time. Dr. Chopra's book 'Golf for Enlightenment' is another one in this long line of greats. Taking the now popular stance that golf is truly a metaphor for life, he gives us a mystical novel with after chapter commentary on how that segment applied to the game and to life. Think of it as a seven-step program to freedom and enlightenment through the game of golf. I can say with complete honesty that golf has positively changed my life in so many ways. This is why it's so refreshing to read an entertaining story of how it has shaped other people's lives as well. The book is also a very quick read which will leave you imagining the possibilities of your next round. If you love golf and can't get enough of it's endless mysteries and riddles, then this book is definitely for you!
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