Shibumi – on display at the 2017 Unbeatable Mind Retreat
The Japanese term Shibumi means “effortless perfection,” and it is the results of countless hours of passionate mastery of specialized skills, powered by the mental refinement that accrues over time from that work. Shibumi is similar to flow, with the exception that flow can occur when reading, writing or sitting with your kids. Shibumi, however, is flow experience while performing your craft, such that it looks and feels perfect and effortless. I was humbled to see many examples of it at our Unbeatable Mind Planning Retreat last weekend. Here I would like to focus on a single powerful insight from each of the masters of their craft who presented.
The way you eat is not your fault. This from nutritional expert Robb Wolfe. We are hard wired to desire variety and to eat when food is available. We survived up to a couple hundred years ago, by eating what was seasonably available or brought in by the hunters. Often this wasn’t much, at least not anything near the plentitude that is available today. We ate sparingly, seasonally and when food was served. Thus, we strove to eat as much variety as possible to get nutrient balance, and as much as possible because food may not be available tomorrow. Unfortunately, that wiring is still with us and works against us in our modern world of plenty. What to do? Well, that would be a second insight, and I only promised one! (hint, you can see Robb in our digital bundle video, or come next year).
Your blood-brain barrier can leak. And that leaking will impair optimal brain performance. Yes, I was surprised also, to learn that our brains can leak. Perhaps it helps explain why my thoughts have spilled into this blog so easily. Ben Greenfield is an expert in body and brain optimization and with great humor cued us on what causes a leaky blood-brain barrier and how to prevent it with fueling, supplementation, and other cool tricks.
You can breathe for optimal physical and spiritual health. Ok, this one is not new, since I have been trumpeting it for years, but it is worth revisiting again and again because we are also conditioned to breathe poorly by our hectic, seat-filled society. Sitting all the time weakens our breathing muscles, and too often we hold our breath unintentionally or pant through our mouths twenty or more times a minute. These dysfunctional breathing patterns lead to ill-health and troubled mental-emotional balance. Breath expert Dan Brule reminds us to breathe slowly through our noses in a circular pattern. That means we pay close attention to how we exhale after the inhale, and vice versa. Each breath can be 8 or 10 seconds for the complete circle, leaving us with 6 to 8 breaths per minute. Practice this daily for 10 years and you will be super healthy and enlightened. Who is with me?
Focus on your passion, and soon you could ski off the top of the world. I must say that Jimmy Chin was such an inspiration to me and captured the essence of humble mastery that I try so hard to achieve myself and to teach. Jimmy’s love for climbing led him to abandon his parent’s dream for his medical career, as he became a climbing dirtbag (he used as a term of endearment for him and his dirt-poor climbing pals in Yosemite). After learning he had a sideline passion for photographing places and people off-limits to other photojournalists, he was drawn to the big Eurasian mountains, including Meru (you must see his documentary called Meru), and he climbed, then skied off the summit of Mount Everest! Despite this unbelievable feat, there is not a speck of ego in Jimmy. His intense focus and tolerance for risk have tempered his mind like a finely sharpened sword. I hope we see Jimmy at a future Unbeatable or SEALFIT event.
Being bold, unreasonable and outrageous may just make you a billionaire. Our current mindset, even our success, is a limiting factor closing off possibilities for something much bigger in our lives. We learned this