I’m sure you’re familiar with the Aurora Borealis — it’s the highlight of the North, literally! You know the name. But what the heck are they? Of course there’s the generic answer given by scientists. Magnetosphere. Solar wind. Disturbances. Electrically charged particle collisions. Nothing but jargon really — useless to almost everyone, raising more questions than answers. However, I have found an article that dumbs-it-down just enough to be intelligible. So, here we go...
We have the sun to thank for auroras, of course. During large solar explosions and flares, huge quantities of particles are thrown out from the sun and into deep space. When the particles meet the Earth’s magnetic shield, they are led towards an oval around the magnetic North Pole where they interact with the upper parts of the atmosphere, the layers of ozone, oxygen, and other stuff that protect the earth. The energy which is then released is sent to us as northern lights. Still confused? You’re not alone. Imagine what ancient people, clueless to the world outside of their little island, would have thought of it. During the Viking Age, the northern lights were said to be the armour of the Valkyrie warrior virgins, that shed a strange flickering lights. It’s no wonder we’ve constructed gods and myths about the world, when things like Auroras exist.
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This is me freezing my ass off while taking a two minute ice bath....Why would I do such a thing?
Well aside from the fact that there are huge HEALTH BENEFITS to cold exposure for your immune system (down regulation of autoimmune responses/stress/anxiety etc), I did this for the simple fact that IF YOU WANT A DIFFERENT LIFE, YOU HAVE TO DO THINGS YOU HAVE NEVER DONE. .
If you have a vision for your life that is different to the life you currently are leading, then you have to do things differently. You have to do things that make you UNCOMFORTABLE in order to grow. .
You see, discomfort is the key 🔑 in order to have the things you want, you must break free from the things that hold you back. .
This is me in my FIRST ice bath, breathing through the cold. A gorgeous human came over to me to guide me through this experience and my response... was that the water was too low ...so it didn’t count🤣. So I did it a second time so that I got the full experience. My whole body went numb, but in that moment, realizing I have the ability to choose to struggle or choose to ease and flow through discomfort, man I have never felt more alive ✨
I’ll be over here choosing discomfort and ease EVERY DAMN DAY. .
Thanks @chill_with_johannes for this workshop 🙏✨ #wimhoffmethod#rubylane#growth#cold#breathlessadventures
For the past few years, I have been studying all forms of psychology, and eye gazing is interesting from both a behavioural and social psychology standpoint. Eye gazing is a rarity because it’s outright socially weird but could potentially be a potent tool. Today I tried eye gazing for the first time, and although it was awkward at first, I noticed a shift into curiosity after a minute or so.
Studies suggest that eye gazing develops empathy in oneself and connection with others. Using functional MRI’s scientists can see that regions of the brain involved with empathy are highly active. Both human’s and primate have what’s called empathy and mirror neurons that play a role in social connection. The more of these neurons we have, the better relationships we can develop, and our ability to detect emotions in other increases. Derren Brown demonstrates the power of eye gazing in his Netflix show ‘Sacrifice.’ In this show, he gets a white racially strong-minded individual to stare into the eyes of a black individual, and he begins to cry and feel the pain of the other person. Mind-blowing - Link to youtube clip is in my bio.
Empathy is what allows people to understand what others are feeling. To be a successful coach or health professional, you have to be able to have the empathy to understand behaviour, thus supporting to promote change in habits and improve the behavioural outcomes.
Eye gazing also releases Oxytocin. Oxytocin is known as the love hormone. It’s the hormone that makes strengthen the bond between two people and is crucial to forming the bond between newborn babies and their mothers. Perhaps eye gazing could be used as a tool to strengthen your relationship with your partner or to help create a connection with someone you would like intimacy.
Obviously, in a social situation, it’s weird to gaze into someone’s eye. However, eye contact can be used to help develop relations crucial for business and life success. Eye contact can feel threatening to others, therefore it’s essential that you only match or mirror the amount of eye contact the other person gives to you. Try it when you next get a chance and let me know how you get on?
Wim Hof, also called The Dutch Daredevil, also called The Iceman, was born in Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands, in 1959. Wim is now fifty-nine years old and has done much in his life to both inspire and astound those around him.
For starters, Wim Hof holds a staggering twenty-six (yes, twenty-six!) world records. He holds a world record for the longest ice bath (one hour and forty-four minutes), for running a full marathon in the Namibian desert without water, and for hanging on just one finger at an altitude of 2,000 metres, to name a few.
Wim Hof explains that there is a method to his madness — that the physical feats he’s accomplished can be attributed to his ability to control his inner nature. And that’s what the Wim Hof Method is all about.
Wim Hof routinely exposes his body to extremes in temperature not many can contend with. Among his collection of world records, he holds one for running a marathon above the Arctic circle in Finland dressed in nothing but shorts. He also ran to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in nothing but shorts. He also ascended to 22,000 ft on the slopes of Mount Everest, again — wearing nothing but shorts.
Wim Hof seems to possess a superhuman ability to withstand the extremes of Mother Nature, yet suffers no ill effects. Hence, his nickname: The Iceman.
So, how is this possible? Was Wim Hof simply blessed with magical genes? Medical scientists and researchers have been keen to find out. Wim has been the subject of many a study over the years, and each time, researchers confirm that while Wim Hof’s abilities are extraordinary, he is still quite human. Superhuman, perhaps. But human.
#WimHof wanted others to understand how he does what he does. There is a method to the wild physiological feats he accomplishes. And that’s what the Wim Hof Method is all about.