“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.”

–Rich Roll 

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:

Urban Hymns – the Verve. They’re known as a one-hit-wonder for “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” but the whole album is brilliant. “Neon Wilderness” has been the song I play on repeat while I work.

 

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:

Swimming. Bodysurfing. Talking about fountain pens and Raymond Chandler on Reddit.

 

Doing the workouts from Jocko Willink’s Discipline Equals Freedom: a field manualThese 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)

 

 

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Written by Charlie