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History Defeats Itself

A comedy podcast that explores if we, as people, learn from our history or if we're doomed to forever repeat it.
Jan 01 2022

History Completes Itself – A Heightened State of Shower Alert

I suppose part two of my experience with the Wim Hof Method was likely fairly anticlimactic. Sorry about that. I really did stick with it for six weeks and wanted to give you, our loyal Mistorians, an honest assessment of my experience. Unfortunately I didn't have anything earth shattering to report. Maybe I should have sat on a fountain to get the full experience. Then I would have had something to report.

I very much like the breathing exercises. I still do them almost every morning. I know it sounds silly to some, that you can have any sort of cathartic experience simply by breathing. But it really did have an effect on me. When I listened back to the episode I definitely had a hard time explaining what I felt. After a recent morning breathing session I tried to figure out how I would explain it to someone and I still struggled! I just feel...good. It's essentially a meditation and I dig it. I feel like I'm in good spirits and have a positive mindset for the day ahead of me. I'm not an inherently negative person and most of the time I would consider myself a happy dude. Maybe that's why the breathing works so well for me. I wouldn't doubt that someone who is inherently negative or perhaps down or even depressed would not get the same lift that I do. But maybe they would. What do I know?

Unfortunately I cannot say the same thing about the cold showers. I tried...I promise you! I just didn't feel enough of a benefit from it. When I first started doing it last summer I enjoyed it. It gave me a rush and, as I said on the show, I felt like I was shot out of a cannon in the morning. There were days I looked forward to it. But as the weather got colder it started to become a drag and I dreaded it. And once you're in that mindset I think it's really hard to break out of it. If I felt a benefit from the cold water I could have powered through and kept doing it. But I didn't feel enough to justify the misery.

McKay told me that, for him, it's about the mind body connection. He's more in tune with how he feels both physically and mentally because of the breathing and the cold water therapy. That makes sense to me. I can see how someone could feel that connection from practicing the Wim Hof Method and that is where there third pillar of commitment comes in. In order to benefit from this you really have to commit to it; not just in practicing the techniques but also in how you look at it overall. If you're just standing in cold water thinking about how fucking freezing you are you likely won't get much out of it. But if you listen to your body, feel the cold and how it affects you, and try to overcome the physical discomfort through breathing and your mind then it makes sense to me that you can get to a place where you start truly feeling benefits to what Wim Hof is preaching.

That being said, though, man it's been nice to take hot showers again.

- Kevin Rosenquist

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