In John Medina’s book “Brain Rules”, he claims that “The brain appears to be designed to (1) solve problems (2) related to surviving (3) in an unstable outdoor environment, and (4) to do so in nearly constant motion.” He calls this “the brain’s performance envelope.”
A bulk of our time on this planet has been spent running down prey in dangerous situations to survive, and over multiple generations, we’ve evolved to those standards. Is it any wonder that when we don’t get out and “Get after it.” We feel emotionally broke, depressed, and downright pissed off?
With the advent of technology, our world evolved much quicker than our brains and bodies could. Today, many of us struggle to live with a hunter/warrior heart in a capitalistic, knowledge-based world.
For some perverse reason, many of us choose to anesthetize our God-given propensity to hunt and protect by taking prescription medications and sucking down booze in front of the TV. If you’ve ever tried it, God knows I have, then you already know that it doesn’t work. Well at least in the long-run.
When I left the SEAL Teams, I had capped my warrior’s heart so tightly that I became depressed, angry, and tired all of the time. I had left my active and adventurous life behind and it was no good. Actually, it sucked!
I’ve watched a lot of Men try to get this part of their lives back, but too many of them are already operating at 100% and have left no room to care for their natural state of being.
We’ll have more about this “Finding the time” in other posts, but for now, I’d encourage you to recognize the fact that these things are not “Optional” activities.
Get out and get some!
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