In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our inward opinions and principles. — Epictetus
What is mindcoolness?
Mindcoolness is bodymind mastery: a state of the bodymind whereby one’s aggressive will is undiverted by frantic thoughts and colorful emotions. Mindcoolness is the ideal balance between masculine aggression and grounded serenity. Mindcoolness is spiritual freedom.
What characterizes a cool mind?
A mind becomes cool when it not stirred up by anger, fear, rumination, worry, negative ideas, or circular thinking. A cool mind knows the heart, not the heart’s thoughts. It is concerned not with Why, but with Will. It does not overthink. A cool mind does not look for reasons and purpose. Rather, it has both and looks for action. That is called to do one’s True Will. He who has a cool mind does not what fleeting impulses want, nor what his ego wants, but what he truly wants, what his true self wants.
How does a cool mind handle feelings?
The first weapon of mindcoolness is mindfulness, the strength to accept feelings and become grounded; its substance is presence. The second weapon of mindcoolness is willpower, the strength to act despite feelings and grow stronger; its substance is pride, its ammunition is convictions, principles, and core values.
Does suppression or expression of emotions cool the mind?
- Expression of emotions like anger or sadness cools the mind in the short term and helps to overcome a tough situation in the long term.
- Emotion suppression heats up the mind in the short term, but it can help the mind to stay generally cooler in the long term. Keeping emotions bottled up for a while conserves them, which allows observation, meditation on them, and ultimately greater acceptance. Emotion suppression, if done mindfully and strategically, reinforces tranquility and the emotional immune system.
- Emotion suppression is a form of impulse control, which requires willpower. Hence, its practice builds discipline.
- Reflexive emotion suppression gives room to decide on whether bottling it up or letting it out is more conducive to one’s current goal and mission.
Is there a difference between mindcoolness and emotionlessness?
Emotionlessness is the absence of emotions: the solid nature of a stone (apatheia). Mindcoolness is clearly targeted, parsimonious thinking in spite of whatever emotions may be present: the solid nature of a ship on the wild high sea (ataraxia). Mindcoolness is not affectively pure, not purely rational, but a devotion to the emotion of true pride.
Is mindcoolness a self-denial of pleasure?
Mindcoolness frequently, but not principally, requires the denial of immediate gratification, be it tempting sensual pleasure or consumerist mind pleasure. To strengthen willpower and develop discipline, pleasure must sometimes be denied. Pleasure must particularly be denied if it does not promote one’s True Will. Nonetheless, mindcoolness fosters all kinds of pleasure including animalistic pleasures, but especially the heart pleasure of pride, the soul pleasure of growth, and the spirit pleasure of joyful presence.
Does mindcoolness require unyielding self-control?
What differentiates mindcoolness from mindfulness?
Who benefits from a cool mind?
Is mindcoolness a lack of excitement?
Only mentally, not bodily. In fact, mindcoolness is developed by doing things that are radically exciting.
How can one develop a cool mind?
Methods of mindcoolness training include:
- Facing fear (doing what you are afraid to do)
- Enduring pain and discomfort (muay thai, bodybuilding, cold showers and ice baths)
- Being humbled (jiu-jitsu, getting rejected by hot girls, performing on a stage)
- Rejecting consumerism (especially news media and social media)
- Controlling emotional reactions (learning what is under your control, acting with graceful slowness, talking less)
- Practicing mindfulness (meditation, walking, silence, solitude, gratitude, breathing)
- Developing stress resistance (leadership, military, sports competitions)
- Being in nature beyond civilization (walking into the woods, hiking on a mountain, swimming in the ocean)
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- Is Suppressing Emotions Bad For You? (Jocko Willink Vs. Science)
- “Emotional Intelligence Is for Pussies”
- How Resilient People Regulate Their Emotions