How do you conquer your mind for greater happiness, strength, and health?
We have a very special guest today, Wim Hof. Wim got his nickname “The Iceman” after he broke many records with regards to resisting cold. Some of his feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.
Wim is convinced that our bodies are capable of doing the same exceptional things his body allows him to do. He developed his Wim Hof Method to give ordinary people the tools to take control over their body.
In this episode, we will go over how to activate parts of your brain using the Wim Hof Method to enable parts of your mind to accomplish greater feats.
- Walked Mount Everest in shorts, without oxygen, without a guide.
- If you know how to control the mind you then know how to control the extremes coming to you, without getting out of control, without anxiety.
- Greatly underestimating the power of the mind: take outstanding examples like Wim. Wveryone has things in their environment that cause stress on them.
- Wim didn’t want to become part of the world of disease, stress, and tension.
- Has done studies with universities involving brain scans, investigating what parts of the brain he uses when he puts himself through extreme situations.
- They found that he uses parts of the brain previously thought impossible to access: tapping into prefrontal cortex and the periaqueductal section of the brain.
- We can battle stress using the power of our own mind.
- Examining the question: are we able to go into 100% power of our own minds? Wim thinks yes.
- You can check out the brain over body study here.
- We are on the threshold of the power of the mind becoming accessible for every human in the world.
WIM’S FIRST STUDY
- 6 years ago: showed autonomic nervous system, adaptive immune system, endocrine system can be influenced at will.
- Endotoxemia experiment: thousands exposed to bacteria and body reactions measured.
- Physiology can be trained to come within conscious control, and we can tap into our own autonomic systems, affect inflammation and health, defy usual medical science.
THINGS YOU CAN TRY
- Take a cold shower to train your vascular system—start short, only 30 seconds to begin with.
- Benefits: heart rate goes down, stress reduction, oxygen circulates, minerals distributed to your cells.
- Don’t shock your physiology, start small—let feeling be your guide.
- Self-awareness, breathing, cold able to tap into the parts of our physiology and brain much more than ever thought possible.
- While stress is there you should be able to breathe deeply and relax.
- Chronic stress and fear shrink the brain.
- Being uncomfortable sometimes is important because you’ll be better able to cope with other stressful situations, learn to control your own biochemistry.
- Putting yourself in easy situations will mean life becomes more difficult.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF WIM
- First thing: do some breathing, then hop in cold water—cold swimming pool, shower or lake.
- Remember: there is no limit to our brain because our soul is our source.