The Six Sense, belly check, gut instinct, a sense of just “knowing”….these are all explanations that we can call intuition. There seems to be a healthy skepticism of intuition in westernized culture. This is partly driven by an enormous amount of meta-data flying around leading us to believe we can parse truths from seen or known data sets. We have a real problem with things that we can’t see and touch and always the word “why” or “how” bubbles up. Humans have a real need to know. The brain is stamped by thought and experience creating impressions in the brain. Intuition collects and harmonizes these impressions and spits out cognition or leanings toward one side or the other. Intuition is a powerful tool because of the enormous amount of information that the brain synthesizes to gain an intuitive thought about this or that. Your gut instinct will be stunted if you’re living in a constant state of mental turbulence. The unconscious mind can’t pass on good “intel” through some invisible barrier into the conscious mind. If the conscious mind is churning with thought and emotion, we won’t process the intuitive notions. We leave so much on the table by not slowing the brain down.
This is a hand stand floating down in a controlled manner to chaturanga dandasana. A person can have all the strength in the world, but without the ability to stabilize the musculature a practitioner is left dead in the water. Think the olympic rings comptetition. The perfect marriage of strength and core stabilization.
August 2nd, 2014
I love to read period. As far as I can remember it’s always been so. This spring and summer I’ve been reading books encompassing a self-mastery theme. The best books I’ve been uncovering are authored by Navy SEALS. Thom Shea, a fellow retired senior chief penned this great book that I’m half way through. The book was written to his children in the form of a training manual based upon his life experience as a SEAL in the event of his death. Fathers teach and in case he wasn’t present he wanted his kids to know certain things.
This book is all about Internal Dialogue and how it dictates the course of one’s life. Highly recommend this book.
Thom Shea’s Book
The next two book are by the same author, Mark Divine (USNA ret). Super impressive guy. Not a flash in the pain philosophic pop zinger messaging, but real integration of varying methods of mastery. Anyone who studies philosophy with any kind of depth comes to see numerous connections across seeming disparate perspectives and diciplines. Similar to what I’ve found in teaching yoga, you learn to say the same shit over and over again, but with different words. Essentially conveying the same message. You learn who to bridge.
Shea’s book is more memoir like with lessons peppered in. Divine’s books are excellent excellent books on total transformation.
The Way of the SEAL, By Mark Divine
I was thrilled but not all that surprised to learn that Commander Divine is an Astanga trained yoga teacher. You learn how to think like a warrior, the intense benefits of deep breathing and meditation. He breaks down military planning tools used in the SEAL community, distilling it to be used in business or personal life.
Maybe one of the reasons these books appeal to me so much is the style of writing. He is a military officer and speaks my language. It is not squishy, and there is no waste within.
If you are a person that wants to live life at the next level, please check these books out and check in with the Divine crew at SEAL FIT. From what I’ve gathered his methods work.