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4: Mark Divine – Founder of SealFit

By December 31, 2014Podcasts
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We all tend to focus on the doing — on being bigger, better, stronger, faster and getting more. But when I, a former Marine, interviewed a retired SEAL commander and founder of SEALFIT, we didn’t talk about any of that.

“We are pretty good at doing things,” said Mark Divine, “but we are shitty at the non-doing part. We need to spend time cultivating the non-doing things, which include self-awareness, journaling, and contemplating. And this has a profound effect over time.”

“Reflection, meditation, silence … these [are the] different things warrior and spiritual practices allow us,” said Mark Divine, “and we have found that this type of training is equally if not more valuable than doing more.

Mark Divine, author of Unbeatable Mind, is living proof that meditation and self-reflection work. When Mark was just 25, he was a Wall Street CPA who was on the path to running a business. He walked away and joined the SEALs because he knew it was his true life purpose.

How did he know?

Meditation.

Listen to the interview, and consider trying meditation in your own life. You know, maybe for ten minutes a day for a week to start.

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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.