There seems so be some ideas floating around that watching or talking about sports is incompatible with (or even beneath) being spiritual or conscious or abundant or authentic.
I am into meditation.
I coach people to transform their lives.
I regularly gorge on Abraham Hicks, Anthony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, David Deida.
I consider myself to be conscious and spiritual (whatever the hell those two terms mean).
Deep, authentic relating is one of my core values and practices. Small talk is my pet peeve.
And I love a good Washington Nationals game.
I enjoy watching the World Series in October.
I go absolutely nuts during the FIFA World Cup. (Don’t talk to me for 30 days.)
I took pride in watching the Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball teams win the NCAA championships this year.
I love a good inspirational story of overcoming challenge.
I dig occasionally watching SportsCenter.
Do I waste hours each day or week watching sports? No.
Do I allow it to get in the way of more important things in my life? No.
Do I know that ultimately, professionally sports is just a form of spectator entertainment and that I am just watching random millionaires run around on my field? Yes.
Would I rather be playing a sport rather than watching it? Often, yes.
Do I give a shit about arguing who is the best point guard or quarterback? No.
Do I allow the success or failure of 11 men or 5 women to dictate my overall mood? Only for a couple hours. (Ok, for Brazil, it did take a few days. What the hell WAS that game?)
There is no rule that says some likes are better than others.
Want what you want.
Enjoy what you enjoy.
Keep it in perspective.
P.S. I also like to read US Weekly in waiting rooms.
Jeffrey Platts is a men's coach and authentic communication expert who is passionate about helping men create amazing relationships with women. With over 20 years of personal study and transformational training, he has led nearly 200 workshops and retreats on personal growth, dating, and communication. Jeffrey's work and writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, Washington Post, ABC News, Authentic Man Program and the Good Men Project. He brings a rich toolbox of insights and experiences to his facilitation, integrating his adventures as DJ, amateur stand-up comedian, salsa dancer, yoga teacher and world traveler.