Q&A with Tim – Current Morning and Exercise Routines, Holotropic Breathwork, Ambition vs. Self-Compassion, Daily Practices of Joy, Ontological Shock, and More (#518) | The Tim Ferriss Show

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Key Takeaways

  • This Q&A session is a great introduction to some of Tim Ferriss’ common topics and opinions that he is passionate about as well as some of his favorite books
  • Read more biographies on finding, or choosing your meaning to life. Look for models of people who have done this.
    • Define if you’re waking up dreadful or excited
    • You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with; choose wisely and update
  • Self-compassion is understanding and being aware of your personal recipe for success
  • We all have trouble understanding ourselves, assume you will always be misunderstood by people
    • We overthink about how much people think about you, people think about themselves
  • In-depth details on morning and exercise routines, knowledge, and consistency are key
  • And much more!

Books Mentioned

Intro

  • Tim Ferriss cultivated a variety of topics from a pre-submitted list and live Q&A and brought the info to the podcast. Topics include Current Morning and Exercise Routines, Holotropic Breathwork, Ambition vs. Self-Compassion, Daily Practices of Joy, Ontological Shock, and More
    • All responses are for informational purposes only
  • Host: Tim Ferriss (@tferriss)

2021 Current Morning Routine

  • 20 minutes of meditation, transcendental meditation
  • Brushing teeth, basic self-care
  • Drink Pu’er tea, alternating between black and green
    • Or coffee! Four Sigmatic, mushroom coffee, Laird superfood creamer
  • Approach the week by dedicating each day to something specific
    • E.g.: Doing all phone calls on Tuesday

Current Exercise Routine

  • Acroyoga – something he discovered during quarantine
    • Great therapeutic and physical motions; it is also a great partner exercise
    • Pushing exercise
    • Twice a week
  • Climbing, bouldering, and top-roping
    • twice a week
    • some pushing, but mainly pulling exercise
  • Weight training
    • Basic exercises for injury prevention, not performance enhancements
    • Once to twice a week, 20-40 minute sessions
  • Walking
    • 3-5 hours, nature trails preferred
    • Also, rucking on these nature trails
    • Physically and psycho-emotionally therapeutic

Down the Right Path

  • What is your process of realizing if you are going down the right path or not?
    • The canary in the coal mine – identify early warning signs of danger
    • 80/20 analysis on happiness and sacrifice
    • How do you feel when you go to bed and wake up?
      • Define if it is dread or excitement

Meaning of Life and Work

  • With constant thoughts about death and the meaning (meaninglessness) of life, I distract myself with work. What recommendations do you have on managing these thoughts?
    • Reading Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl
    • Reading Smile at Fear by Chögyam Trungpa
    • Read more biographies on finding, or choosing your meaning to life. Look for models of people who have done this.

Commencement Speech

  • If you were asked to give a commencement speech, what would the core message be?
    • You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, choose wisely, and continuously update

Holotropic Breathwork

  • Are any of the Johns Hopkins or MAPS research looking at the therapeutic effect of Holotropic breathwork?
    • Not aware of any current research from these organizations on the topic, but there is research being done
    • In Tim’s opinion, there is plenty of application for breathwork to experience non-ordinary states of consciousness without drugs
      • Recommends to try this as a pre-requisite to trying drug-related psychedelic experiences
    • Holotropic – literal meaning: turn to something whole

Remedy for Joint Pain

  • What is the most effective tool you’ve used for joint pain?
    • Moxibustion
    • Modulating volume – always know that any solution or exercise can become a poison with too much
    • Work the muscles that are in opposition, work in complementary exercises
    • Voodoo floss
    • Contrast therapy: hot/cold
    • Nutrition
    • Technique before volume

Children

  • Why are you still hesitating about having children?
    • Not currently hesitating, but used to question if he would be a good father
    • Having children is inherently selfish; you chose to have kids, the kids don’t choose you as a parent
    • Worry for genetic predisposition; depressive episodes in Tim’s case
    • But, he is currently in the process of visiting fertility doctors and planning to move forward

Attitude & Self-Compassion

  • Why do you think your hard-charging, ‘beat yourself up’ attitude actually held you back? Do you think it would have helped to be more self-compassionate earlier in your career?
    • A lot of people who make great achievements in financial success have superpowers but equally powerful deficits
    • You only live one life so it’s hard to reflect on right or wrong, but you can use counter-examples in your peer group and from the outside world
    • If you are asking this question, you’re probably not self-compassionate
    • You won’t lose your edge when looking for self-compassion, you’ll be more aware of your “Psychological clothing”, or understanding your own recipe for success

Current Eating Schedule

  • What is your current eating schedule and habits?
    • Slow carb diet – 3 meal per day
    • No time-restricted eating – there are benefits, but Tim is working on building mass
    • Fasting – 72-hour water fast once per month, and 1 week fast per year

Ontological Shock

Thinking Clear

  • What practices or quotes do you use for grounding and clear thinking when you find yourself in an unproductive thought or emotional loop?

Being Misunderstood

  • How do you overcome the fear of being misunderstood? Especially on the balance of fame and controversial topics
    • We overthink about how much people think about you, people think about themselves
    • Openly express motivations, regardless of reaction
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