“Submerged, the idle chatter of the monkey mind recedes. Each stroke, each lap is like a metronome, lulling me into a calm state of presence. When my swim is complete, I have an inescapable feeling of gratitude, with a light dusting of accomplishment.”
Happy Friday, from Florida. It’s been grey here, so don’t be jealous. Here’s what I’ve been up to this week.
What I’m Reading:
Ryan Holiday’s case for swimming as meditation. I’m getting back in the pool after a little hiatus. Holiday’s article reminds me why I swim.
An article in the Times Magazine arguing “The Age of the Artistic Recluse is Over.”
What I’m Listening to:
Jocko Willink’s interview with Peter Attia, an ER surgeon who treated the gunshot wounds of the Baltimore gangsters who inspired The Wire.
What I’m Doing:
Doing the workouts from Jocko Willink’s Discipline Equals Freedom: a field manual. These are INTENSE. On a road trip last week, I did his hotel room pushup set. It went like this:
5 x 10 pushups
2 x 50
4 x 25
5 x 20
5 x 10
(400 pushups total. Rest between each set)