I’m not Pollyanna, I’m not overdoing looking at the glass half full, and I’m not trying to fit a square peg of happiness, gratitude, and thankfulness into the round hole of current day reality. I love Thanksgiving and what it stands for, for me and my family. And for us it stands for fun, happiness, … Continue reading Yes I Am Thankful!
When I conduct Wim Hof Method breathing and cold exposure workshops, I always ask the participants beforehand who has tried to meditate and who simply can’t seem to get it right. Overwhelmingly, those who have tried to meditate acknowledge they struggle with it. One reason for this, in my experience, is because people have a … Continue reading The Struggle to Meditate
Combat is the ultimate expression of consequence. If we don’t do things right in combat, we run the risk of experiencing one, or all, of the following unacceptable outcomes: Mission failure, injury, or death. Perhaps this seems a little extreme when we include this with things like emotions and being a good Dad. But is … Continue reading Emotions, Combat, and Being a Good Dad
“Know your why!” We hear that advice a lot and it’s true, you should know why you are doing something. But sometimes we get a little, how should I say, overly philosophical about this question. “What is your ‘why’ in life?” Wait. What? That question is a little much for a Tuesday morning as you … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: Who VS Why?
Young SEAL trainees are introduced to all sorts of physical, mental, and emotional challenges. I fared pretty well at those challenges at BUD/S training. I could run and swim fast, do a lot of pullups, pushups, and flutter kicks, and didn’t particularly mind the cold water. However, there was one area early on that had … Continue reading Action as the Default Mode of Operation
Another common question, “When should I do the ice bath?” There are several answers to this. From a physiological standpoint, the benefits of the cold for your system can last up to five days. But, like anything else, true benefits don’t come with this infrequency, so I don’t recommend once every five days. However, the … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: When Should I Do the Ice Bath?
As a former Navy SEAL, FBI Special Agent, and SWAT operator, I’ve fired countless rounds of ammunition from weapons. That type of repetition produces a certain amount of muscle memory to be sure, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But does an established muscle memory mean I can stop concentrating, or being in the … Continue reading The Impact of Multi-tasking: Do One Thing Well or Two Things Poorly
“How long should I stay in?” is one of the most common questions I get when I talk to people about ice baths. It’s a fair question and I’ll give you an answer. But before I do that, I want to address which poisonous element can’t be included in the answer: Ego. Ice baths are … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: No Ego, Just “Let Love Rule”
Ebb and flow is the natural cycle of life. The most powerful natural force on earth, the ocean, ebbs and flows. Ebb and flow, “A recurrent or rhythmical pattern of coming and going or decline and regrowth.” Decline and regrowth, literally the rhythm of life. If we recognized, accepted, and embraced the natural rhythm of … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: Embrace the Ebb to Find the Flow
Whatever version of my 365 at 36.5 cold exposure challenge you choose to undertake can seem a bit daunting. If you’ve never done cold exposure consistently before then the thought of 5-days of cold showers feels like a lifetime. If you are a cold exposure practitioner, perhaps you want to up your game and you … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees and Intention: Why So Serious?