Bringing spirituality to Red Bull High Performance

Pastor Jimmy Bartz talks about what parents can learn from his experience bringing spirituality and mindfulness to Red Bull High Performance
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Bringing spirituality to Red Bull High Performance

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So I've had this great opportunity to do a bit of work with the Red Bull High Performance division that works in helping develop athletic performance in their athlete cohort. And my particular position in that has been helping athletes engage spiritual disciplines or spiritual practices. So one of the things that I work with folks is just mindfulness - how present minded are they in the moment. And not just as they're engaging their athletic endeavors, but cultivating mindfulness in ever other area of their lives. Looking at the virtuous life. It's my belief that we don't want to make just the very best surfer, or the very best skier, but the very best surfer or the very best skier emerges when you create an environment for the very best person to bloom and grow and blossom and mature and develop. So if as parents we're looking at developing a so-called high performance child, our focus really is not on just that area of giftedness that our child expresses, but we're looking at the whole child. So it's not that we don't coach them up in whatever their area of giftedness, whether it's athletics or academics, or creative endeavors, but we're really looking at giving them a fuller experience.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz talks about what parents can learn from his experience bringing spirituality and mindfulness to Red Bull High Performance

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Jimmy Bartz

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Jimmy serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Prior to coming to Jackson, he was the founder and priest at Thad’s, an emergent Episcopal Church in the Santa Monica, California, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He has also served as the Campus Missioner at the University of Texas in Austin, at All Saints’ in Austin, Texas, and All Saints’ Parish in Beverly Hills, California. He is a graduate the University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Theological Seminary. Presently, he serves as the Chair of the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and in years past has worked with Red Bull High Performance teaching athletes spiritual disciplines, with Naval Special Warfare working to create systems for character development within special operations teams, and was a speaker at TEDx, Venice Beach.
Married to Cindy and dad to Jas and Jade, the Bartz family loves to spend time outside mountaineering, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting and surfing.  Jimmy is currently writing a book on the spirituality of risk.

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