Interview with Wim Hof
Mr Wim, can you please tell us how you came to discover your unusual abilities ?
I studied many religions, traditions, cultures and esoteric disciplines but nothing touched the depth which I was looking for, until the ice water in my own backyard.
What types of meditation have you studied ?
I learned much from Yogic practices, Kung Fu, Buddhism, and so many more disciplines, but nothing compares to cold water.
Do you believe that there is a relationship between emotional states and our physical body? It is taught by many internal arts that the secret to using the "mind intent" to control the physical body is through the use of emotions. Have you found this to be true in your experience?
Emotion goes up to the DNA and thus influences us at the very depth of our Physiology. We have found that out already in the studies.
Do you make use of visualisation when exposed to extreme cold?
In your experience, is there a direct correlation between stretching and emotional states?
Stretching relieves muscle tension, psychosomatically. Doing a good workout relieves the (emotional) tension and frees the mind.
What role does the Solar Plexus play in calming one’s mental state? Can manipulation of this area through posture and stretching result in reduced fear/ anxiety?
The Solar Plexus is related directly to our personality, attitude, and stance toward the world. In work and in exercise we want to stand out, therefore, freeing the Solar Plexus by good breathing and exercise has a calming effect because the tension accumulated by emotional interaction and daily stress, is relieved.
Thank you for your time Mr Hof. As a parting message, can you tell us what you hope to accomplish by sharing your methods with the world?
Life is about focus, energy, and sensations. Because of my practices, these have become much more profound and controllable. Learning about physiology and psychology in the cold has allowed me to perform spectacular feats whilst raising 4 children on my own. What else is there?
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