Glossary: Misogi

“The notion around the misogi is, you do something so hard one time a year, that is has an impact the other 364 days of the year”

-Jesse Itzler

I read this article about it and learned of Misogi in The Comfort Crisis book.,

Do your own Misogi at least once a year

There are several main principles behind a misogi challenge:

  1. You can’t train for it – the uncertainty of the challenge is meant to be part of the difficulty and something that needs to be overcome.
  2. It should be really difficult. You should be genuinely unsure as to whether or not you can complete it.
  3. It shouldn’t be something you pay for or publicize. The challenge should be designed by you and for you.

“This is about testing your abilities in a foreign environment,” he says. “The more blind, the more bold and adventurous the effort.” There’s no entry fee. No spectators. “It’s not a ride at Disneyland or a Tough Mudder,” he says. “It’s a personal quest designed by you. And it’s really fucking hard. You have a 50 percent chance of success, at best.”

-Marcus Elliott

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