On cold showers
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is the most important aspect of cold showers?”
Cold water, especially when very cold, produces a stress response. This manifests in increased heart rate and irregular breathing. By taking control of your breathing and slowing it down (conscious breathing), you slow down your heart rate, which has a calming effect.
The skill you’re practicing with cold showers is calmness in discomfort. This is an essential transferable life skill.”