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How To Take Cold Showers

The first time I took a cold shower, I went into shock. I felt like I had been hit by a baseball bat and the wind was knocked out of me. I almost started hyperventilating. I remembered one thing. Breathe! I had to breathe in, breathe out, breathe… oh the heck with this I turned off the water. Was I really going to start taking a cold shower everyday? Yes, I was determined.

My family has a history heart disease, and I need to do everything I can to get my blood pressure under check. Cold showers can sometimes help. I looked to cold showers not out of desperation but as a way to excel beyond my current boundaries. People have been able to endure cold for decades and it seems it was a lost art. I am inspired by Wim Hof and his excellent video series, of breathing, and pep talking that encouraged me to take the next step. Several months later and I may take two cold showers a day. The second shower usually involves ecstatic laughter because I am so happy the freezing cold doesn’t bother me anymore. The temperature of the shower for me ranges anywhere from 40 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Not exactly warm.

So how did I do it? Slowly and painfully under guidance of Wim Hoff’s course.

But Wim’s videos only covered so much. Everything I found on cold showers just told me how great they are but none of them went into details of how to get started. I will tell you the easiest way you can get started.


Day 1 -3 : Take A Normal Shower

Start the day by taking your normal hot water shower. Clean up, wash your hair and before you are ready to get out start breathing deeply. Breathe in. Breathe Out. Breathe in. Breathe out. When you are able to hold your breath for a few moments you are ready to give your system a shock. Breathe out when you switch to cold water. As soon as the water touches, your natural reaction will be to take a deep breath. This is good! Breathe in and out. Feel the water gently hit your back and trickle down to your feet. Feel as your body rapidly adjusts from hot to cold. If you start to shiver or get goosebumps turn off the water and dry off.

Continue doing the above technique for a few days. While slowly staying longer and longer under the cold shower. As your body adapts to normalcy from the extreme temperatures the cold can be exhilarating and relaxing.

Day 4-14: Exhale, Turn 90 degrees, Inhale

Do the same as day 1 to 3 but this time turn 90 degrees so your left side is now exposed to the cold shower. Again your body will immediately inhale. It is important you are able to maintain control of your breath to prevent hyperventilating. When your side adapts again exhale and turn 90 degrees so your front is facing the shower. This part is tricky as some of our most sensitive body parts are here such as our faces. Quickly plunge your face in the water. Remember to breathe in and out. When you are ready exhale and rotate 90 degrees. Now you are getting your right side exposed to the water as well. Once your right side has gotten used to the cold rotate 90 degrees one more time and turn off the water. Pay close attention to how your body feels when you turn off the water. Notice how the blood rapidly flows to the cold parts.

I will reiterate it is very important to stop the shower and warm up immediately if you start to shiver or get goosebumps.

Continue doing this for 2 weeks increasing your time ever so slowly. The shock from going to hot water to cold water is greatest when you first turn it off. In time you can adjust the temperature of your normal shower down. Once you are comfortable with this technique you can challenge yourself more by taking a monthly ice bath. The water from an ice bath will never go below 35 degrees even the coldest parts of the ocean do not drop below 28-35 degrees.

If you want to learn more about Wim Hof we have an excellent documentary over here, that covers his amazing feats.

Artifacts and Treasures of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship

It has been near a decade since I first read The Autobiography of a Yogi. I didn’t know it at the time but like many others before me this book would be a book that changed my life. The contents of the book tell the story of a young boy who travels the world in the name of devotion to his divine calling. The culmination, some may argue, to write his life in a book. It is this curious telling of the life of Paramahansa that has brought so many people together. It is also what has kept me so motivated these past few years when I re-read the book. There is such power in the teachings of the yogis that I would be remiss not to share this unique opportunity with all of you.

Inspired by Guruji, a gentleman took it upon himself to collect those things related to his Guru’s life that were most dear to him with the purpose of helping to save the past. As with all things in this world he has had to part with much of this collection. A true and trusted friend helped him pay for his great medical expenses by purchasing his collection. Why am I taking the time to write this? Because this could be the last time such an amazing collection of items is ever together again and to give you the opportunity to carry a piece of history. There are many items of note in this collection but I have listed the most noteworthy below, with their basic descriptions. I am starting with the classic that is responsible for bringing many of us together.

1. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI, 1ST LONDON EDITION, 1949, Rare Jacket; SIGNED & INSCRIBED by Paramahansa Yogananda. NEAR FINE Condition.

Note: Paramahansaji rarely had occasion to sign the London Edition, which came out less than 3 years before his passing while he was mostly in seclusion in the desert. That this volume was signed by him in Los Angeles makes it very rare and highly collectible.

Also adding to the historic value of this volume: the inscription is to Sri Deva Ram Sukul, the noted author & healer of the time, and President/Founding Director of the Yoga Institute of America. Mae West is famously known to have been healed by Sri Deva Ram Sukul.


Autobiography of a Yogi 1st Edition

Paramahansa'a Autograph



2. ORIGINAL, UN-RETOUCHED, PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA STANDARD POSE PHOTOGRAPH (7″ X 9″), in its original mat from the photographer’s studio (12″ X 16″). SIGNED & INSCRIBED by “Swami Yogananda” on September 1st, 1934. Recently, tastefully framed with natural wood and UV Protective Glass (13.25″ X 17.25″).

This is THE iconic photograph of Paramahansa Yogananda that has been used on the cover of every edition of the Guru’s Autobiography — THE WAY IT ORIGINALLY LOOKED before being retouched prior to ever being published! If another one of these exists, it’s probably in the SRF Archives. This would be an ideal acquisition for a Self-Realization Fellowship Center or Meditation Group.

A more detailed description of this item is available from the seller upon request.

Paramahansa Yogananda's Photo Autographed

3. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI, COMPLETE SET, 1946 Thru 1994 (21 Volumes), includes the First Paperback Edition, 1972. All in VERY GOOD, VERY GOOD+, FINE, and LIKE NEW Condition.

This set includes each and every variation of the American Autobiography editions that were ever offered for sale, through 1994. ALL volumes are in their Original Dust Jackets, where applicable (two late editions came without jackets). Originality of jackets was very carefully verified by analysis of minor changes that were made on the jackets from edition to edition and during editions, such as price, number of translated languages listed, lotus emblem size, various text adjustments, etc.

This set was assembled over the course of more than 25 years. It would be all but impossible to replicate it today. This would be an ideal acquisition for a Self-Realization Fellowship Center or Meditation Group.

A detailed description of each volume is available from the seller upon request.


Autobiography of a Yogi Collection

These Sets are truly outstanding — not only for their size and condition, but also for how thoroughly they have been documented (the documentation alone is spectacular!).

Note: There were 7 Sets originally; 3 are still available. ALL 3 Sets contain primarily Issues that are in Excellent and Very Good condition.

SET #3

229 Issues, starting with Volume 3/Issue 1 (Nov – Dec 1927), and ending with Volume 42/Issue 1 (Winter 1970) — not all-inclusive.

$14,530 ($63 per issue) REDUCED to $10,900 ($48 per issue)

Self Realization Fellowship Magazine Set 3

Self Realization Fellowship Magazine Set 3b

SET #4

201 Issues, starting with Volume 3/Issue 1 (Nov – Dec 1927), and ending with Volume 42/Issue 1 (Winter 1970) — not all-inclusive.

$11,475 ($57 per issue) REDUCED to $8,600 ($43 per issue)

SRF Magazine Set4

SRF Magazine set 4b

SET #5

151 Issues, starting with Volume 3/Issue 1 (Nov – Dec 1927), and ending with Volume 42/Issue 1 (Winter 1970) — not all-inclusive.

$ 7,485 ($50 per issue) REDUCED to $5,615 ($37 per issue)

Self Realization Fellowship Magazines

Any one of these Sets would be an ideal acquisition for a Self-Realization Fellowship Center or Meditation Group.

VERY detailed documentation is available from the seller upon request. Serious inquiries only, please.

5. INNER CULTURE EAST-WEST MAGAZINE, VINTAGE BOUND VOLUME. Includes 6 Issues: Nov, Dec, 1936; Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, 1937.

VERY GOOD+ condition. Magazines were bound when new and volume appears not to have been used.


SRF Inner Culture Hardbound Magazine

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VERY GOOD condition.

Note: This top portion of the page has been cut off, no doubt just to save his signature.


Paramahansa Yogananda Autograph


1) “Particles of brick from wall of Sri Yukteswarji’s room where he had his Mahasamadhi.” 2) “Particles of brick that once upheld Sri Yukteswarji’s bed.” 3) “Sand from the beach at Puri; a favorite walk of Sri Yukteswarji’s”.

NOTE: This was collected by an SRF monk while on pilgrimage to India. He later gave portions to some of the other monks.


Sri Yuketswar Relic

All of these items are amazing pieces of history, and spiritual heritage. If you feel drawn to or compelled to own any of these pieces, whether as a group or individually, I encourage you to contact the current owner who is looking to sell the pieces to the right person(s). I myself have acquired a relic from the collection and could not be happier as it has helped me tremendously in my growth.

Please direct all inquiries to Michael Green

Michael also has regular offerings on eBay, but these most precious treasures are available for private sale only. If you are reading this it means you are privy to an opportunity to purchase these unique artifacts.

How to Open Your Third Eye

Preface: I had initially rewritten this to be included on the Wim Hoff Method Blog. But, it went unposted. Rather than see the work lost I am sharing it with you. In addition to being easier to read than the last version I’ve added an illustrated how to poster.


What is meant by ‘opening your third eye’? It is a meditation technique that refers to becoming more self aware and in tune with your surroundings. Results may be different for everyone. Some experience heightened awareness, more creativity, or a sense of calm and confidence. When performed consistently, your intuition will improve and you will become more aware.

I first tried this technique when I was a young boy. My mother and I were at a swap meet. It was there, after much pestering, that she bought me that book on Native American Shamanism. I wanted the book because my best friend was telling me about his great spiritual powers and how he was going to get a power animal. Since young boys can be quite competitive, I felt I also needed to do what my friend was doing. When we left the swap meet, I began reading the book in the car. One of the first meditation exercises I stumbled upon was contacting the ancient spirits for help. I decided this would be a good exercise to start with before I tried to find my power animal.

This is what I remember of the exercise.

“Breathe in through the nose for a slow count of 3. Hold for a count of 3. Then exhale for a count of three. Do this slowly and rhythmically. Focus on the point between your eyes above your nose on your forehead. Roll the eyes up behind closed eyelids. This may take 10-20 minutes before you can contact the spirits. As you breathe in and out, you will see different colors starting at yellow then shifting to purple. When you see purple you may, most respectfully speak with your spirit guides.”

When that evening finally approached, I found a quiet spot in the house and laid down on the ground in a darkened room. I breathed in and out. I became more and more relaxed. I saw flashes of yellow and purple. Then I asked to speak to my grandmother’s and grandfather’s spirits, the ancients, and the enlightened. Then, it happened! I heard a voice, as clear as day in my mind, and I freaked out. I did not know it then, but this was the day that would define the rest of my life.

It was not until years later that I tried meditation again, and it would be longer still when I tried, what I now know as, the third eye meditation. Almost like clockwork, years passed by again and it is only now that I realized the importance of opening my third eye.

Was I contacting ancient spirits when I was a child? Maybe, but more likely, I had gotten in touch with my higher consciousness. This higher consciousness is in us all. It is what makes us human and allows us to do amazing things.

There are many exercises and meditation techniques for opening your third eye. The easiest technique is to sit upright in a comfortable chair. Place your arms at your sides and hands on your lap. Breathe in through your nose to a count of 10, hold for 10, then exhale for 10. The longer you can do this the better, but the key is in the consistent rhythmic breathing. In through the nose, out through the mouth. When you do this, focus on the point between your forehead. You do not need to literally turn your eyes to your forehead, you need only to focus on the point in the middle of your forehead while you breathe in and out. Around the eight to tenth breath, you will start to see the yellow color spiral in your mind. As you continue breathing, the color will change to purple and then to flashing colors.

When this happens, when you finally see that vibrating purple color, it means you have opened your third eye. This ‘opening’ means different things for different people. For me, it has allowed more creativity and focus.

If you don’t see swirling colors, or you can’t hold your breath for 10 seconds, don’t worry. Just keep trying and do what you are comfortable with. One of my students would complain of constant headaches, but he persisted. Only when he persisted did he realize that his headaches were because he was staring at his nose cross-eyed.

The more meditation you do, the more understanding and control you will have over the effects of your newfound awareness. Many people think that the benefit of meditation is only during the actual meditation, but it is quite the contrary. The benefit comes a short time after the meditation. The more consistent you are in your meditation, the more aware of the benefits you become. You realize that, perhaps, you aren’t lucky, but there is someone/something guiding you. You see patterns where there would be random chances. This is just the start to an improved and a better you.

If you need help, or have questions, you are always welcome to contact me.

Are you spiritually materialistic?


This was a term I first heard in reference to a buddhist teaching I was learning. Spiritual Materialism was coined by the buddhist Chogyam Trungpa. So what is spiritual materialism? It is an affliction of spirit intertwined by the great ego that rules us all. There are different types of spiritual materialism but the greatest was once called idol worship. It is the collection of spiritual or religious objects to make one feel more spiritual or to try and satiate that gnawing more need within.

An example of this first type of spiritual materialism would be surrounding yourself, with crucifixes, malas, holy books, the bible, the quoran, crystals, statues, rosaries, holy relics, prints of spiritual deities, books or tv shows of a supernatural nature or anything fo the sort. Many of us may have one or two of these items and this is fine. It is when there is a collection built, a compulsion or need to surround yourself with these items that it becomes a spiritual materialism. This is the most base of spiritual materialism as it has its grounding in the physical world. Possessing these items is not a guilt or offense alone, because it is when the possession is in conjunction with a superiority complex.

This is the next stage of spiritual materialism the halo effect, it is a holier than thou attitude. A feeling that these people don’t deserve to worship here or have these items because they cannot properly care or appreciate them. This is the ego feeding off of the spiritual need to better one’s self. This halo effect has the opposite effect however and pulls us closer toward materialism and the desire to belong, to control and conquer.

Spiritual materialism is not a means to an end, it is a soul sickness. The goal of a spiritual aspirant is humility, compassion, understanding, empathy and right mindedness. Without these qualities the aspirant is lost amongst the visceral noise of another materialism that is under the guise of something more.

It is with great sadness that I see many aspirants adorn themselves with malas, pentagrams, or astrological bangles in effort to be more spiritual. These items alone will not aid in the journey. It is the intent behind the item, the aspirant must be willing to toss them aside and look to achieve more. The objects are nothing more than simple guides. But, when they become crippling, and you cannot live without them or function in fear of removing or losing them, they become like a poison to the soul. It is at this point when spiritual materialism truly takes over. We are merely ethereal beings in a perceived physical world. We are of one consciousness trying to unite itself globally, and universally. When the desire or need to be better leads to egotism all of your work is for naught.

You are a spiritual materialist if
  • You surround yourself with religious or spiritual objects
  • You think others are unworthy of their spiritual efforts
  • You feel you alone are able to guide humanity

You do not need to have all of these to qualify as a spiritual materialist, you only need one. When you are able to admit to yourself that just maybe you are materialistic in soul, then and only then are you ready to transcend beyond.

How do I escape from spiritual materialism?

It may be a quick change of direction for some and a longer process for others but in the end it will improve you.

Step 1: Identify if you are materialistic
Look around and see what do you keep close to you? Could you live with out the objects? Can you look at the situation outside yourself? What do you hold close what is driving you to where you are? When you can answer these question honestly with yourself, because you are the one who knows if you are lieing. Then you can begin to step outside your comfort zone.

Step 2: Practice selflessness
Give it away, give away your collection, the items you hold so dearly. Give away yourself help others not in hopes they may help you or return the favor but simply to help. Expand beyond your safety zones. By giving away items that are closest to us or serving someone we may consider below us we practice humility. We are able to see what makes us uncomfortable and we can use that to better ourselves. What part makes you uneasy, what do you feel safe doing? Is what you are doing for the betterment of others or is it self fulfilling because you were told to do it?

Step 3: Repeat
Keep reflecting upon your current situation, where are you? what are you doing? what is a need versus a want? We have many wants our modern culture drives them all the time. We are bombarded by wants, but what is truly needed to grow?

This is not an easy process and I myself admit I have been struggling with some aspects of this. But, I keep trying knowing that someday, I will not want or need, I will be able to help others and live in wealth without ever wanting or needing more. The spiritual items we surround ourselves with are like a safety blanket of a young child. Eventually, either the blanket wears away or we realize we don’t need it any more. If you find that some items you have do genuinely benefit you and not perceivably benefit you then I encourage you to keep them until you know you no longer need them. If you use them because you invested $1600 in it and it is a pain point to give away that astrological bangle or old tome then it is time to let go. I hope this has been of some help to you and if you are ever struggling I encourage you to reach out to me and I will do my best to help guide you.

Pax Vobiscum,