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No More Bull

His days in the pressure cooker of Chicago basketball over, Phil Jackson seeks further adventures in "nowness."
Charley Rosen
From the Print Edition:
Gina Gershon, Sep/Oct 98

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Despite his commitment to living in the present moment, Jackson does allow himself to think about his future. "I've been part of a national and worldwide sports community," he says, "but I've never really been totally immersed in a local community. I've never been in one place all year round to see the seasons unfold. I've never planted a garden or nurtured shrubs into rosebushes. In the next ten or fifteen years, I'll be thinking about settling down somewhere."

And as with all serious spiritual seekers, Phil Jackson also thinks about his own inevitable demise. "Most people live in fear of death," he says, "but my effort is to try and experience my life with as much joy and appreciation as I can muster. I'm at the age where some people who have been my friends for thirty or forty years have passed away, and this has affected my consciousness tremendously. It all comes back to the Native American culture that offers such sustenance to me. The warrior's attitude was to live life fearlessly as though each day was his last. Before every battle he'd say, 'This is a good day to die.' So, whether I'm coaching or tending a garden or chopping wood or whatever, I'm going to live this life to its fullest and this day to its fullest."

Charley Rosen is the author of several novels about basketball.

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