Archive for February, 2017

Every moment is fresh and new

February 28, 2017

I have observed this within myself: when something happens during the day, I react in the same way that I have in the past. It’s like a tape recorder inside me that keeps playing over and over. That’s not an interesting life, when nothing is new.

Eckhart Tolle talks about being present in every moment. When something happens during the day, you face it head-on, without thoughts or emotions of the past or anxieties of the future. In this way, every moment is fresh and new. Each day is full of life!

Credo to regain the strength and health of my hunter-gatherer ancestors

February 19, 2017

Technology changes rapidly but our biology, our bodies change slowly. Our bodies are essentially the same as 10,000 years ago. 10,000 years ago humans were stronger and healthier. I wish to regain the strength and health of my hunter-gatherer ancestors. To do so, I will emulate their conditions:

  1. I will take a cold shower each day to emulate the environmental extremes that my hunter-gatherer ancestors dealt with.
  2. I will fast on water every Sunday to emulate the periods without food that my hunter-gatherer ancestors endured.
  3. I will go barefoot as much as possible and run my feet over lacrosse balls to emulate the lack of footwear of my hunter-gatherer ancestors.
  4. I will walk outdoors for an hour each day to emulate the long distances that my hunter-gatherer ancestors traveled each day.
  5. I will lift heavy weights to emulate the hard work that my hunter-gatherer ancestors performed each day.
  6. I will eat fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and meat to emulate the diet of my hunter-gatherer ancestors.

Fasting puts a good stress on the body

February 18, 2017

Tomorrow I will fast. I plan to do a one-day fast every Sunday. How about joining me?

For most of human history there were occasions when there was no food. So the human body evolved to survive in times of famine. That’s why we have fat – it is there to carry us over during times of famine.

It’s only in the last 100 years that technology has advanced to the point where food is plentiful and we never have to endure famine. But while technology has changed, our bodies are essentially the same. Our bodies still expect periods without food. There is lots of evidence that when we don’t periodically fast, illnesses ensue. So, periodic fasting is a really good thing. It puts a good stress on the body.

Unlocking our lost potential

February 12, 2017

From the (fantastic) book What Doesn’t Kill Us by Scott Carney:

Every human alive today lives in a cocoon of consistency: an eternal summer. We’re overlit, overfed, and overstimulated, and in terms of how long we’ve been on Earth, that’s all new.

Humans have evolved with an innate ability to resist the elements. Our remote ancestors marched across endless expanses of frosty mountains and navigated parched deserts long before they invented the most basic footwear or animal-skin coats. While technology has made us more comfortable, the underlying biology is still there. The key to unlocking our lost potential lies in re-creating the sorts of harsh experiences our ancestors would have faced.

If you’ve been wrapped in a thermogenic cocoon for your whole life, then your nervous system is aching for input.

Exposure to cold helps reconfigure the cardiovascular system and combat autoimmune malfunctions.

3 steps to absolute control of your life

February 10, 2017
  1. Live in the present: be aware of your body, your mind, and your surroundings.
  2. Master breathing: consciously control your breathing.
  3. Control your autonomic nervous system: take a cold shower every day.

Your spirit (soul) is intimately connected to your breath

February 6, 2017

Your spirit (soul) is intimately connected to your breath. The spirit enters the body when a baby takes its first breath. The spirit leaves the body when the last breath is taken. –Laird Hamilton