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5: Bill Jordan – A Zen Priest on the Whole Life Challenge

By December 21, 2014Podcasts
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Most people are surprised to learn I’m a Zen Buddhist. It’s an odd combination: musician, Marine, CrossFit affiliate owner, and Zen Buddhist.

But truth be told, I don’t think I ever would have been in the position to co-found the Whole Life Challenge without my work with Bill Jordan, the Zen priest who founded and ran the Santa Monica Zen Center for many years.

Bill taught me that change is uncomfortable. A person is supposed to question everything, including the change. “Easy” change isn’t really powerful change.

In the Whole Life Challenge, we call this commitment to questioning our behavior “consciousness.” We want you to wake up to the choices you are making, and question whether they are serving you or not serving your life.

This kind of consciousness can be uncomfortable. In fact, this interview is a little bit uncomfortable. At times it is awkward. It might not sit well at first.

Listen to it anyway.


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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.