I will be the first to admit that meditation, mindfulness, breathing techniques, and even some aspects of yoga seemed a little “woo-woo” to me. I remember lying on my back after a hot yoga session where the teacher was instructing me to repeat a word of affirmation to myself as she went around the room striking a small gong. I can still smell the trail of incense.
In our society, we have made it virtually impossible to actually be voluntarily, uncomfortably cold anymore. With heaters and fireplaces in our homes, hot water heaters, space heaters for our desks, thermal blankets, and even cars that start themselves remotely, we don’t even have to wait in their cold shell while the heater begins to work! We just go from one warm place to another.