Greetings, im new here,
A friend of mine who walked the hoop with Finisia for a few years recently pointed me towards techniques- one involving breathing and another cold water- known as the Wim Hof Method.
Real comfort is the power to regulate all the impacts of nature: disease, heat, cold, deprivation of oxygen, stress in general. he has a method for conditioning the nervous system and metabolism, and its very simple.
As a queer, I am not looking for a European male cult figure, but as he says, “feeling is understanding” - I have experienced remarkable things since starting with the techniques.
His story is authentic, his wife committed suicide and he was in anguish facing the world responsible for raising three kids, he went into nature and found truth in the cold as a “merciless and righteous force”.
The foundational tool of his practice is universally accessible to someone with internet/computer, and since doing alot of stunts (climbing Everest in shorts, sitting in a tank of ice for 2 hours, successfully fighting off an endotoxin in a controlled experiment with pure will) he seems to be genuinely trying to spread his gift and not exploit anyone.
At the moment he is involved doing research with Stanford Univ. “the University Medical Center St. Radboud in Nijmegen…After running several tests they admitted that Wim and others are able to voluntarily influence the Autonomic Nervous System. Something which up until then was thought impossible.”
There are many interviews and videos featuring him, so i wont type too much here…
I think this is incredibly relevant for us rewilders. He is basically addressing our detachment from our wildness, he says that our deeper mechanisms throughout our brain stem are neglected because of the comfort style of modern lifeway. He intentionally puts his body into ‘survival mode’, and offers a slow healthy controlled approach…
through the cold, and his breathing excercises he is making nerual connections with the pineal gland and from there directly activating hormones, chemistry- internal conditions in order to face the extrenal force of the cold or lack of oxygen.
I have been starting my day with his breathing exercises and I experience mild euphoria and sustained energy. I have seen very fast results in my abilitty to hold my breath without any oxygen in the lungs. I have been taking 10 minute cold soaks in a nearby pond ~35degrees, and I feel very strong and stable and energized for it, and have been very satisfed by how i have quickly seen myself grow with my ability with it.