Cold Plunge Progress

The last two weeks during my stress-recovery ritual at the Banya (a Russian Bathhouse in Bayview), I pushed my time in the 46 F° cold plunge to 5 minutes (from a 1 minute max 2 months ago) and used my own modified tibetan breath work called Tummo to push heat into my central channel, letting my limbs go numb and nearly cramp, while the rest of my body was warmed, and my amygdala or fight/flight response was completely still.

Before entering the cold plunge I also took my meditative practice of Tibetan archetypal invocation off the cushion and invoked pure red and orange warrior energy to carry me through the exercise.

The last 75 seconds I carried myself with this mantra:

I can. I will. I must.

I can. I will. I must.

I can. I will. I must.

Powerful stuff.

There is a fire burning inside me.

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