If you’ve heard of Jesse Itzler, you’re probably familiar with the Misogi Challenge.
As Jesse put it, “The notion around the misogi is you do something so hard one time a year that it has an impact the other 364 days of the year. Put one big thing on the calendar that scares you, that you never thought you could do, and go out and do it.”
Origins of Misogi
Misogi began as an annual Japanese purification process for both the body and the mind.
The word misogi translates to “water cleansing” and is usually done by standing under an icy waterfall while winter waters pour over the body.
Nat Geo had explored traditional misogi in Japan and the writer shared in their article that standing under the waterfall was like “pressing Control-Alt-Delete on your body.”
The Modern Misogi
Itzler’s version of the Misogi Challenge is designed to help us uncover what we’re capable of. Once we complete the challenge, it serves as a constant reminder that we are stronger than our thoughts and that anything is possible if we put our mind, body, and soul to it.
My Misogi Challenges
I started doing a yearly misogi challenge in 2021. I love it and find it super beneficial for my overall health and well being 🙂
2021 – bike 100 days outdoors in a row
2022 – run 13.1 miles
2023 – run 26.2 miles
It’s not too late to come up with a misogi challenge for 2023… I just came up with mine today 🙂 Let’s get after it fam and keep on stepping!
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