A Cold Shower a Day Keeps the Doctor Away – The Wim Hof Method

‘Tackling the real terrorist’s; depression, bi-polar, anxiety, fear, trauma and PTSD” – Wim Hof

A Dutch-born world record holder, adventurer, daredevil and human guinea pig, The Iceman is best known for his preternatural ability to withstand extreme cold. Perhaps more significant and compelling is his experimentation and experience with specific and teachable breathing techniques. Rooted in the ancient yogic tradition of pranayama and canonised for a modern audience as The Wim Hof Method, Wim asserts that he can “turn his own thermostat up” and consciously activate his sympathetic nervous system by using his mind through yoga. With over 40,000 people endorsing his method in recent years, reporting that his method has greatly impacted their lives; boosting the immune system, improving mental health (anxiety and depression), relieve stress, more energy, better sleep, improve concentration and workout recovery.

The Wim Hof Method is built on three unbelievably simple pillars; Cold Exposure, Breathing & Commitment. He has been a practitioner of his method for over 15 years and it is gradually starting to gain traction in the scientific community, although it still receives strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry.

In this captivating episode Wim Hof talks with Rich Roll, exploring his method where he describes the need for us to develop a deeper spiritual connection with our brain. His method is built on the premise that each of us has an innate capacity to create neurological control over our hormonal system, by incorporating regular cold exposure and breathing exercises, enabling us to manifest happiness, strength and health.

Scientific research into his method has found that exposure to the cold (cold showers/ice baths) triggers some major health benefits, including reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— those feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.

The second pillar is breathing. We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a array of benefits: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.

The third pillar is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.

The number one reported route killer in the world today are cardiovascular related diseases. Regular exposure to cold water enables the veins in the body, of which there are 3 times the circumference of the earth inside each of us, to contract and dilate and increase their flexibility and therefore increase blood flow throughout the body. By stepping just a little bit outside of our comfort zone and turning the tap to cold at the end of our hot shower, willingly shocking the system and activating that reptilian part of our brain, the fight or flight response helps us to regain control of the reactive part of the brain and better cope under stress. Speaking from personal experience I can appreciate the unwillingness to turn that tap, but facing that fear will cause a ripple effect in your daily life.

An absolutely fascinating guy with charm and charisma for miles, Rich Roll’s conversation with Wim is less about human biology than it is about belief systems. It’s an exploration of dormant biological and mental potential. It’s about yoga, grief, depression, change and the nature of consciousness. And it’s about the ever expanding event horizon of human potential that should push and challenge and nudge you out of your comfort zone to call into question the unnecessary limits we self-impose upon ourselves daily.

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WHY is the WAY – Simon Sinek

People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” – Simon Sinek

In 2009, Simon Sinek gave a TED called “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” It became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com.

His first book Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action calls on people and especially business leaders to Start With Why. Why isn’t just a word, it’s a powerful concept. In this fascinating book, Simon Sinek demonstrates why organizations guided by this concept will succeed more often than those which don’t, citing many companies and public figures of the 20th Century; The Wright Bothers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Apple whom lived and fostered this message.

The “Golden Circle” model which he deconstructs for the audience, resinates deeply within each of us and explains the reasons behind the power of “why”, from a biological standpoint. The similarities between his model and the human brain and how they both operate are a little jaw dropping.

Following Simon’s work for the past seven years since his ground breaking TED Talk, he’s released a number of books which examine fulfilment, leadership, neuroscience and psychology to uncover what drives human behaviour.

His ideas highlight the importance of human connections to foster finding your why. A very poignant message in today’s world, pulling back the vale as to why corporations are failing the people they serve.

If you find the talk above inspiring please check out the links below for more long form conversation with the man.



Enjoy the episode and let me know your why in the comments below!

The brain is your chemist. If you change the picture, you can change the chemistry.

“If you believe your genes control your life you’re a victim of your hereditary.”

Bruce H. Lipton PhD

Bruce H. Lipton PhD is a Stem Cell Biologist, Stanford University Professor and also a best selling author, gaining the most notoriety for “The Biology of Belief”, as seen above, in which he flips the script on what we’ve been led to believe by conventional medicine and the longstanding scientific dogma that genes control our life. He puts forward the idea that genes and D.N.A. can be manipulated by a persons beliefs.

This discussion on London Real examines why many people are leading limited lives, not because they have to but because they think they have to. Where as in reality it’s our environment and very specifically the perception of our environment that changes our genetic activity. Meaning that we are not victims because using our conscious mind we can change our environment and our perception, and ultimately change our genes. We’ve gone from victim, to mastery.

Dr. Lipton’s research is hard ignore and not be taken seriously, it’s finally gaining some traction in mainstream medicine due to the huge advancements we’re seeing in the neurosciences and our understanding of the brain.

“Your life is a printout of your subconscious behaviour.”

Bruce H. Lipton PhD – London Real, Biology of Belief

His research and the curve ball that is epigenetics, is causing major ripples in the medical community and has almost started a war with the pharmaceutical industry. As the ability to heal ourselves through thought alone, a type consciousness healing doesn’t fit their model because you can’t sell it. This podcast discussion goes deep into how big pharma through their money, which seems almost infinite, actually determines the curriculum in medical schools neglecting to teach students epigenetics and also how they direct their money to fund research they approve/supports their model, serving their interests and silencing the facts and research that could burst their bubble.

A thought provoking, compelling conversation with London Real makes you want to re-examine the power of your brain, positive thinking, effects of negative self-talk, and the unquestionable benefits from becoming more mindful of your thought habits to hack your biology.

If you like this discussion please let me know which part caused a mind spark in you and which cliff notes you took from it. And please do share with a friend or family member who would enjoy or could benefit from a little Epigenetic Bruce Lipton revamp.

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Gratitude Is The Way

“What we’re finding it that It’s not necessarily reality which shapes us, it’s the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality, and if we can change the lens not only can we change your happiness we can change ever single educational and business outcome at the same time.”

Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work
After studying the effect of gratitude at Harvard University, Shawn Achor offers a refreshing insight into how we can instil happiness at a deeper human level using gratitude as a catalyst.

Shawn Achor Gratitude TED Talk

The best selling book “The Happiness Advantage” shares Shawn’s Harvard research about Happiness. This entertaining May 2011 TED talk titled “The happy secret to better work” is a great insight into the main flags he raises in his book. His talk has been viewed a staggering 19,806,914 times.

The simple guidelines laid out in Shawn’s TED talk are astounding, and surprisingly super easy to implement into your daily life and can take just a 21 days. A must watch for those interested in the effects of psychology in our lives and also for those who just need a little direction.

Sadhguru on Impact Theory

“The content of our life will not change our life. It is the context of our life which changes our life.”

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Indian Yogi, mystic and poet, Sadhguru is a spiritual master with a difference. Through spiritual reflection and Inner Engineering he’s connected the dots between bad habits and continuous cycles of suffering.

On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, the founder of the Isha Foundation explains why looking inward is the only way to achieve the potential of a peaceful, joyful, and balanced life. This philosophical examination offers a route cause of what’s preventing human beings in the 21st century  from living deep, meaningful, fulfilled lives.

“When we say unleashing human potential it is not about reaching the peak. It is a trajectory.” [5:04]

“If you are a little sensitive to life you will realize you’re the biggest issue in your life.” [7:12]

“If you have the fear of falling down and suffering you will not go very high. [11:45]

“The privileges of the nature of your experience must be in your hand.” [12:43]

“A child is not a legacy. It’s a life. And it’s an individual life. It has to be what it has to be.” [15:37]

“Death is a closure. Life is a possibility.” [26:36]

“Your experience is entirely determined by you.” [29:15]

“Only when your attention and involvement is indiscriminate does the universe open up to you.” [31:30]

“The content of our life will not change our life. It is the context of our life which changes our life.” [43:55]

“This, this is a living cosmos. Everybody’s free to capture as much as they want. If you capture a substantial amount of life, your very presence will become a significant life. Otherwise, you will become a mediocre life. This is the important thing. It’s not the knowledge you gather in your head. It’s not the muscle that you gather in your body. It’s the life.” [44:45]