Art Of Charm – Seal Fit with Mark Devine
I initially just brushed past the podcast when it landed on my lap. When I think Navy Seal, I don’t think much beyond killing machine. Actually, I don’t really know what I think. For start I live in Australia, I’ve never been to America, so my only ideas about Navy Seals are based on exactly how many crappy B-grade action movies I grew up with? “Get to the chopper!”
Then, there is the word ‘fit’. When I think ‘fit’, I think trendy boot camp with some hormone-laden guy and his multi-level marketing scheme. Was I right about Mark Devine? Wrong. So wrong.
Mark Devine has nothing at all to do with the pigeon-hole I had determined for him. For a start, when Mark talks boot camp, it’s in the 50 hour continuous range. When mark talks burpees, it’s in the 3,000 repetition range. (just take a minute and let that sink in as a case for human potential). But the podcast really wasn’t about that. The big ideas discussed in the podcast were as follows:
Stress and emotional control, the mind-body-spirit system, strength of character, integrity, service to a bigger cause, intuition, auras and, wait for it: U.S. Government remote viewing programs. Yep those “neither confirmed nor denied” type of programs.
So I was completely blown away by the discussion in general. The world needs people with higher levels of stress control and emotional resilience. The world needs people to develop strength of character and integrity. We have this human need to plug-in to something bigger than ourselves, expand and deliver on a global stage. Why isn’t this stuff part of the school curriculum? These are the qualities expressed by Mark as being honed in his on-line training, and his books.
Then the discussion takes a turn and heads into straight up Sci-Fi territory, except it’s not from a universe far far away. Intuition and remote viewing are both phenomenons that exist here. Check out the podcast. You won’t regret it.
Three Big Ideas from the podcast:
1. Integrated Development Teaching Method:
Mark has an integrated development teaching method, that looks at the mind, body and spirit as a complete system.
– Body: training for the highest level of ability and performance, not aesthetic.
– Mind: focus, alertness, awareness, creativity.
– Emotional: resilience, control.
– Intuition: bodily signals, bodily wisdom.
– Kokoro: spirituality, honour, service. (I am sure Kokoro goes far beyond that.)
Once again, why doesn’t the school curriculum start here.
2. The Global-Centric Warrior:
1. First of all, service to your family.
2. Then, service to your brother community.
3. Finally, service to humanity. Plugging in to something much bigger than you, and rolling out the good actions.
3. Yoga and meditation:
I won’t go into the discussion on Yoga and meditation in the podcast, why not just listen to it?
I will say this: Yoga and meditation needs a facelift. I am sick of seeing photos of weedy hippies meditating in some cheesy Asian garden setting. Meditation is for everyone, tough guys included. If you want to have the capacity for high performance in whatever you do, and have the presence to enjoy that experience to the max, then you need to clear your mind and allow yourself to truly get in that moment, and start rocking it big time. Go and find me a professional athlete who doesn’t meditate and clear their mind before performing.
Seriously, if this kind of thing grabs you, download the podcast and check it out further, or just quit messing around and grab the book ‘Way of the Seal‘ or sign up for Mark’s Unbeatable Mind online course.