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Cold showers, and why my wife thinks I’m crazy

” Eeeeee! Oh my God, this is so cold!”

Photo credit: gagilas / Foter / CC BY-SA

Photo credit: gagilas / Foter / CC BY-SA

Every morning, as I turn the water freezing cold, I literally yip out loud and say that to myself in the shower. My wife thinks I’m crazy.

You know why I do it, don’t you?

Here is a hint:

not to disappoint, but it has nothing to do with sex, and it does have everything to do with why you haven’t made the changes you say you want in your life.

When that cold water hits my body, it triggers a cascade of events that support my immune system, stress response, and even my skin, but that’s not why I do it. I turn the shower handle from H to C, take a deep breath and back into the shock of it because it reminds me, teaches me, habituates me, to a fundamental skill vital for anyone interested in growth and expansion: it conditions me to tolerate, and even embrace, the uncomfortable.   [Read more…]