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Meditation – It’s Not Just for Stinky Hippies

In our podcast series I have the opportunity to interview industry leaders, top performers, athletes and entrepreneurs.

The first question we ask is focused on how people start the day – the first 60 minute routine.

Without fail I hear the same types of answers.

1. Some type of physical activity (remind me to tell you about the Richard Branson story)

2. Read or Study

3. Meditation

If top performers follow a recipe for what makes them great, how could I not try to attempt to emulate some aspects of these practices? Meditation was the one missing building block from my daily routine. When I thought of meditation I immediately thought of a some dude in dreads stinking of patchouli oil. Or a calm monk on the tibet mountain side sitting and chanting for hours.  As closely as I resemble neither of these characters I was a bit turned off by it all. That all changed when I actually started doing basic mediation to start the day. There was one thing that made this super easy for me. It starts as only 10 minutes a day for 10 days. I was I was turned on to the app Headspace. 

At Headspace we believe there is nothing more important than looking after the health of the mind, so we’ve made it our mission to get people everywhere to look after this precious resource by sitting to meditate for a few minutes a day, everyday. When this simple activity is considered no more strange than taking a shower, we’ll have achieved our aim.

For thousands of years, meditators have claimed many benefits for their practice. Our experience, and that of Headspace members, suggests that regular mindfulness practice, through meditation, is an effective treatment for stress, worry, lack of focus, relationship problems, addictions and more. It leads to peace of mind and wellbeing, greater focus and creativity and better relationships.

By using the Take 10 series, a free 10 day guided introduction into meditation – I feel a huge difference. You can read all kinds of benefits of meditation. Here at the top 3 things I noticed after just a few sessions:

  1. Stress Levels Decreased
  2. My ability to Respond vs React Increased
  3. Mental Clarity Increased

As a natural sceptic on most things health related – I have to say that although I went in with an open mind, there was a bit of doubt in the back of my mind. This is not uncommon as I think most people in general are a bit skeptical. Below is a great graphic that outlines some of the biggest misconceptions of meditation.

 

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– Source: www.happify.com

Here is what I can say – after meditating now for 30 days, I mentally feel stronger and emotionally in balance than ever before.

We all have busy schedules. It’s not about finding time, it is about making time. Making time for the things that are important.

Here is a snap shot of my morning routine. 

  1. Wake up at 6:15AM
  2. Drink 32 ounces of ice water with a pinch of Himalayan salt.  I do this to kick start my metabolism and to hydrate first thing
  3. Stretch for 10-15 minutes
  4. Meditate for 10 minutes
  5. Read for 30 minutes
  6. Work Out: 30-40 minutes of cardio with 30-40 minutes of strength & conditioning
  7. Kick the day in the ass

Get your mind right!
Cheers,

The Healthy Primate

 

 

People Changing the World

What do a Humanitarian, NY Times Best Selling Author & Hall of Fame Chef have in common? Aside from all being kick ass human beings – They are all being featured on The Healthy Primate Podcast series over the next 4 weeks. 

It is always such a motivating and humbling experience to hear peoples story. We all have a story. We all started somewhere. We have all experienced failure, heart break and success in some way. To hear the journeys and how the each are changing the world is one of the most inspiring things I have ever been part of. I hope as you listen to these amazing people you feel the same way.

A ton goes into putting these together and we can’t wait to share them with you! It feels like Christmas when the final edits are in my cue, just waiting to be released.

We want to keep things under wraps until the release to build anticipation. Our guests collectively hold some of the following accolades:

  • Started a global humanitarian program where he has personally provided tools that will generate over 480 million gallons of clean water to indigenous people in some of the harsher climates on the planet
  • Built a crowd fund campaign to raise awareness and generate clean water and medical supplies for tens of thousands of people
  • Has run over 30 ultra marathons including Western States 100 and is a finisher of the Angeles Crest 100-mile endurance run
  • Featured in the some of the worlds leading news outlets. Competitor Magazine, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, Tim Ferriss’ New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Body, Men’s Running UK, LA Sport & Fitness, Muscle & Performance Magazine, and Rivera Magazine
  • Trained some of the worlds top Cross Fit competitors
  • Voted Chef of the Year
  • Inducted into the Culinary Hall Fame in one of the most competitive markets in the United States
  • Was in a 90’s hair band
  • Surfs with Laird Hamilton
  • Travels with a pillow case

We are deep into edits – please be patient as the creative trolls sit in the dark and work magic!

Thank you as always for your love, support and motivation in doing this project.

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

Start the Four Hour Mastery of Defeating Goliath

Over the past two or three months I have been collecting a bedside library of things I “intend to” or have started reading. Taking time to study, learn or simply unplug is essential. Personally I have not been the best example of this. You may relate – It’s the end of a 13 hour day. Work is over, you spend some quality time with the family. Unwind, shower and now it’s YOU time! You worked hard and deserve that time to do what you want right?

But what do you end up doing? Laying in your bed wasting time on Facebook, Instagram, ESPN, Gawker or listening to your favorite podcasts and interviews. Sometimes for hours and then realize you are going to be tired as hell in the morning. Is that just me?

Here is a look at what is sitting on my reading cue – aka night stand.

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I picked up the new Peter Thiel book this week along with the latest release of the extended 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. Over a few evenings I am nearly through Zero to One and just started into the 4 Hour Work Week. In a recent time I had near completed David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, yet never finished.

There are so many good pieces of learning and practical activities you can execute on right now. As in right now like I should’t waste time on social media time at 2AM. I will break down some of the things I personally found  valuable over the next month or so.

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

Cheers,

Kolby