Jon Schlegel Jr. has been a daily practitioner of meditation since early 2014. With his main focus on vipassana, mindfulness, and a mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) practice, he has begun his journey as a meditation coach and teacher for athletes exposed to head trauma.
His passion for meditation began in college. He found himself struggling to study for exams for most of his college career until he stumbled upon a meditation practice that provided the ability to focus and hone in. The practice far exceeded his expectations. Jon continued with his meditation practice, making it a part of his daily routine. It wasn’t long before he realized the multiplicity of benefits meditation offered.
“Schlegel” or “Nebraska” as he used to be called by coaches and teammates, played football early in his childhood through college, totaling over 13 years. In high school he was voted to Los Angeles County All Star team and finished his playing career at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA. He remains extremely passionate about football even after his playing career ended due to his own experience with head trauma.
After studying Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and the head trauma associated with football players, Jon worked to find a proactive approach to heal from head trauma. Jon began noticing how the benefits of meditation were manifesting into his own life and was able to clearly see how meditation provides a holistic way to heal from head trauma.
His wish is to make playing football safer for athletes by providing them this outlet. With his proactive approach his aim is to prolong the life of the sport, playing careers, and to provide families of these players support and security . His work includes educating players about CTE and teaching them meditation. Through a consistent meditation practice, Jon hopes his approach can help offset, perhaps even heal, the negative effects of head trauma and CTE.