Today’s guest is a man who incredible journey through sports and life has included being a two-time U.S. track and field Olympian, a University of Washington hall of fame inductee and record holder, founder of the Moscow Peace Marathon, and a world record holder for his 27-foot, 4-inch long jump at the 1963 Modesta Relays.
He’s been featured in prestigious media outlets like The New York Times, Runner’s World and a host of medical journals including Subtle Energy & Energy Medicine, and The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. As the founder of Athletes United for Peace and as an ambassador of UNESCO (United Nations Education Scientific & Cultural Organization) he has initiated and conducted hundreds of sports and peace events over the last 35 years helping to further cultivate a global collective consciousness among athletes. It’s my pleasure to introduce to Omni Athlete Dr. Phil Shinnick.
Today We’ll be Talking About:
The role sport has played in Dr. Shinnick’s life and how it’s showed up on and off the field of competition (2:21).
The notion of energy and how it affects us as athletes (3:39).
“You can’t be too involved with your mind when you’re in action. I feel that’s the essence of sports… You’re totally together with nature, gravity, and your own body if you don’t interfere.”
Phil’s relationship with gravity in his life (5:32).
How Dr. Shinnick got started jumping (8:33).
The mental burden of competition as a long jumper (10:03).
“No matter what you think the day before, the morning, 10 minutes before you jump, nothing is important. The only important thing is the moment you jump.”
Developing techniques to clear an athlete’s mind (13:38).
“Every time a thought comes in a person’s mind, they eat it like candy. You’re under no obligations to participate in these thoughts that come in, and for an athlete, they’re not important.”
What drew Phil to martial arts (18:05).
How martial arts affected Phil’s life both inside and outside the world of athletics (20:37).
Communication with the body for elite competitors (24:10).
“All athletes get injured. That’s just the way it is. If you don’t learn to be able to compete with an injury, you can’t do it.”
The moments of adversity that require a deeper connection to our emotional and spiritual bodies (29:32).
“Pain makes you stupid, and this is a hard thing because if you’re in pain, you can’t really think right, and you do stupid things.”
What drew Phil into the world of science (33:22).
What it means to Dr. Shinnick to be an Omni Athlete (36:28).
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