COLD WATER IMMERSION
Why try, when we can stay warm and dry?
We can talk ourselves out of anything challenging that is accompanied by fear, which leads us away from the path toward magnificence, to settle instead for tepid mediocrity. When we over think something, the hesitation can cause paralysis through unnecessary anticipation. One thing that can be a powerful aide to us in these times is motivation. Compelling reasons for why we would do something.
Here is the call to action: Be quiet and get in the cold water. After that comes the warmth, conversation and celebratory pat on the back.
Scientific studies are catching up to this today and validating all the positive health effects. Any legitimate research into longevity looks at this area for it’s ability to retard the biological aging process. Cellular stimulation like this leads to biological regeneration. It’s extremely invigorating and charges the batteries of the body. The sensation is electrifying. The sensory mechanisms get activated. It’s a full spectrum resurrection of the body mind and soul from the death grip of domestication. It promotes beauty from the inside out, from the digestive organs to the skin. Weight loss through the contraction and expansion of everything on the micro scale. Increasing of confidence on the psychological level. Entertainment in the elements. It’s fun and gets us out into nature.
MEDITATIONS ON INTEGRATION
Once in the water, go all the way and keep breathing. There is a tempting reaction to close tight and hold on. It is imperative to relax, open up and let go. Remember to keep breathing. Notice the physical sensations, mental chatter and emotional feelings. The content of these phenomena does not have to be accepted as truth, especially if it’s not positively oriented. Expand the gates of perception to a more optimystic context. Creativity is evolution in our hands and we are capable of achieving virtually anything we might wish for.
Free the mind and the body will follow. Say yes.
As Wim Hof teaches and as I have come to know through experience, we must simply make the choice to become friends and lovers with the nature and texture of cold, through water and breath. It will then be a supreme teacher of valuable life lessons. We need to transcend fear and learn the art of dying. We humbly bow with respect to the immense power of this element and in doing so, build nerve force, resilience, adaptability and strength of will. We can reverse the process of domestication and reclaim the wild potential of our genetic species.
This is the work of a warrior.
A record-holding freediver plunges beneath the perilous Arctic ice. “I dived under the ice to get a perspective on it and it was literally breath taking”