THE PHYSICAL MOUNTAIN
Lesson five begins our deep dive into the five mountains themselves. We look at physical training, nutrition and the physiology of the Fight, Flight or Freeze process. My stated goal with this lesson is to provide you the insights and tools to turn stress into success. The lesson includes the SEALFIT physical training guide, which is a comprehensive resource to get you started on a functional training regimen if you were not doing so already. We also introduce the Paleo diet and offer some resources to get you aligned with a healthier food and fueling program.
THE MENTAL & EMOTIONAL MOUNTAIN
In Lesson six we dive into mental development. My goal in lesson six is to focus you on the broader definition of mind, as it is understood in many warrior disciplines.
The great news is that science is now validating these concepts through many different research projects – such as brainwave research, neuroplasticity, the heart as a “mind organ,” intuition and others. The results confirm what warrior and many spiritual traditions have experienced for millennium – that the human mind is much more complex and powerful than we have acknowledged in the West. The new concept of mind includes more than the brain in the effort of “knowing things.” The human mind can connect with external, non-local and non-linear sources of knowledge. This area of research and training is very intriguing and promising for our children’s future and us.
Continuing our walk through the Foundations Course, lesson seven gets emotional with a look at the third mountain of emotional development. We introduced the notion of a “shadow self” driving our “background of obviousness.” The background of obviousness (BOO) is that set of subconscious belief systems that drive our behavior without our consciously being aware of them. These beliefs can be so subtle and unknown to us, but clearly obvious to an observer who does not share them or is from another culture. Race relations, gender roles, work patterns (blue and white collar, educator, military, family, etc.) and language nuances all fall into this background of obviousness. We also look at healthy and unhealthy emotional states, and discuss the personal and social management of your emotions. The Shadow Yoga exercise introduced is a powerful tool to transmute unhealthy emotional responses into healthy ones. Admittedly this topic is a challenge for most of us, but nonetheless a crucial area of development for any leader.
THE INTUITIVE MOUNTAIN
Lesson eight is a fun walk into the world of intuition and awareness development. Looking at military research projects such as Trojan Horse and Stargate provided the backdrop to the follow-on discussion of why intuition is an important, but lost, art. We looked at how SEALs spend a lot of effort cultivating situational awareness. This awareness and the long periods of silence interspersed with moments of sheer terror help to develop the warrior intuition that keeps Navy SEALs on the edge and out of danger. SEALs will typically stop intuitively before walking into an ambush, and tend to find creative solutions to thorny problems. They use their intuitive skills in these situations, not just their analytical skills. I introduce the “Mind Gym” as our signature exercise for cultivating our own intuition through deep, structured visualization.
THE KOKORO MOUNTAIN
In lesson nine we focus on Kokoro, the “merging of heart and mind in action.” I personally love lesson nine because it sums up the warrior mindset and training methods. These are powerful methods that will move mountains in your life as you develop the discipline to take the massive action implied. Kokoro is found through challenge of both a physical and mental nature. This lesson brings home a primary concern of Unbeatable Mind – that we must train and practice daily using a well-conceived plan. We must challenge ourselves to find our “20x” again and again. Through this process we develop our self-mastery and personal power through an upward spiral of success, awareness and momentum.