Pain-Bodies in Action for Former Olympian Tim Montgomery

In mindset 3.0, narcissism, vanity on May 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm

I was terribly disappointed and saddened to read the news about Tim Montgomery’s recent sentencing to 46 months in jail. As I read this today, I could not help but think about the “pain-bodies” he is likely experiencing and “ego” associated behaviors that propelled him to criminal activity. The “pain-body” and being in the Present and how these concepts are explained by Eckhart Tolle in his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, highlights just how much pain our society experiences each day.

Both Montgomery and his former wife Marion Jones had it all in the eyes of most people. Olympic fame, money, endorsements and it is all now gone. Literally. In the book, Tolle describes how people carry a large amount of unnecessary baggage, both mental and emotional and throughout their lives. They limit themselves through grievance, regret, hostility, guilt. As Tolle further states, “Their emotional thinking has become their self, and so they hang on to the old emotion because it strengthens their identity.” In the case of Montgomery and Jones you can see that their identity and who they thought they were or rather, who they think they are is about financial resources and celebrity.

This is an important point, because it highlights the negativity in this world and how the so-called affluent struggle more than the poor. Quoting from the book: “Unhappiness or negativity is a disease on our planet. It is everywhere, not just in places where people don’t have enough, but even more so where they have more than enough. Is that suprising? No. The affluent world is even more deeply identified with form (possessions), more lost in content (things, feelings, perceptions) more trapped in ego.” Page 213

People are dependent on things, seven cars is not enough for the hip hop musician or rock star who has made it big financially. Yet, they struggle in their lives with drugs, self-identify, depression and they have more than enough.

What would a young person from a developing country think about these shenanigans if he had the material wealth of Montgomery and Jones. The deeper purpose that the affluent and super wealthy can gain from this is that all situations are fleeting because things change. Remember the rapper Easy-E who dies of AIDS? On top of the world one minute and sadly dying of a sexually transmitted disease the next. This is important because people of color especially are stuck in a way of thinking and behaving that is so fundamentally wrong that the pursuits of “bling” and “getting paid” will NOT advance their family and their community, ultimately.

Mr. Montgomery pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the bank fraud and money laundering plot. Prosecutors said he had a hand in depositing bogus checks worth $1.7 million. “I’ve had everything I ever wanted in life. I’ve stood on the top of the mountain,” Montgomery told the court. But now, “the gold medal, all those people cheering, that was part of another world. … In jail, my status is gone.”

The things Montgomery cited are the problem. Those things are not who he is. In his “mind” this is probably so and I am sure he will miss the niceties he has enjoyed.  So for the next 46 months, he should figure out who he is and who he is not and I will guarantee that he will be the type of person his children and family can be proud of sans the cheers and the gold. This is his opportunity to do something special and make himself proud.


  1. never a day goes by without thinking about Tim Montgomery and the years we shared together as athlete (Tim) and me (Coach and Manager). I meet a young, comitted and respectful young man i 1994 when I took him over to Holland for his first oversea senior race. We build a strong relationship as I in many ways became both a friend and a father figure. I preached honesty and stay away from drugs both in sport and life in general and he did just that. For years he excelled and ran 7 times sub 10 seconds for 100m in 1997 and won a bronze medal at the World Championship in Greece.
    We did it the hard way, shere comittment and honest work, but in a distance temptation loomed, as he and I knew several of the best athletes was on drugs to win.

    Time ran out for us as I no longer could reach him and a few other US athletes with hard work and comittment, so at the World Indoor Championship in Portugal in March 2001 our ways parted.

    It did not take long before he broke the world record and deep inside I knew why and I felt gutted and sad.

    Just bfor the court case started over a year ago Tim called me and said he would never forget our years together and 1997 was the year he was most proved of in his entire life, the year we together worked so hard he was the 3rd fastest man on the planet and he did it clean.

    He knows my family, he knows me and I know Tim, what he has done is simply wrong. But one thing that never change is the fact that he was a very good friend and remain a very good friend and if I ever can help him rebuild his life I will, because behind the wrongdoing there is a man more honest than most.

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