— Chris Koomey
COO of ThorBen Consulting
How nearly dying from stress awakened the wellness sage within me
I thought 2019 was the year I ALMOST died, but I was wrong.
Part of me DID…
January 11th, 2019, I (the ultra fit guy who NEVER gets sick) found myself in the ER with Doctors fighting to save my life.
I had severe pneumonia, my organs were shutting down, and I was struggling hard to breathe.
I had to use all of my acquired tools to fight… then to finally surrender and let go
As a shy, non-mainstream kid struggling to fit in, I used fitness to manage my stress, transform my body, and to empower me with the confidence to pursue my dreams.
And in contrast to this masculine mask I wore, deep inside there was a playful, empathetic, intuitive healer that I muted.
Part of my family includes healers of all types — from a spiritual channel to a Hawaiian Shaman and Jin Shin Jyutsu master — and I had a strong calling to that world.
I went on to unleash my masculine power as I played college water polo and made bodybuilding an official club sport at Indiana University.
However, there was a destructive element to how I was doing life that nearly took my life.
Like many, for two decades I wore my work ethic as a badge of honor. Everything I did in life was based on will power. 80-110 hour work weeks was my purple heart. Hustling, struggling, grinding. Even though I was working out religiously and eating a near perfect Paleo-style diet, I was exhausted, my hair was greying, and I pushed through massive stress and the occasional anxiety attack.
As an entrepreneur, I thought it was all about will power and hard work. The Japanese even have a word for this toxic lifestyle of working yourself to death – “karoshi”.
So back to the hospital and critical care unit…
I KILLED OFF and GRIEVED the parts of me that weren’t serving the highest version of myself:
I dove deep into the study of happiness on my self love journey and realized happiness is a choice, not a result.
I set my core values around creating Heaven on Earth. After being shocked about the fact that the average child laughs 400 times a day and the average adult only 4 times daily, I knew that needed to change.
One day, sitting down watching my kiddos dancing and singing along to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, it hit me. When the theme song came on, they got fired up with a completely different fuel source than willpower. They were fueled by enthusiasm… and it was electric! Their guru, Mickey Mouse, had them jumping off the walls like jelly beans.
The key to long term success and outright happiness is not to be a “lion,” always focused on willpower. The key is to be more like Mickey Mouse; fueled by enthusiasm, with an occasional turbo boost of willpower.
Living an aligned, fit, and healthy lifestyle is sacred. I have fallen in love with the process because I know how great I feel once those beautiful happy hormones dopamine and endorphins start kicking in from my efforts. It’s all enthusiasm, which is why I live FIT 365 days a year in my forties.
I have been fortunate to turn my passions into a successful career while building my own healthy, loving and nurturing family. I love my life and now realize that true happiness comes from within, and that if you discover your passions and make them your life’s mission, you’ll be excited to wake up every morning and live each day to the fullest.
Here’s why I am THE go to guy for game-changers and conscious entrepreneurs:
COO of ThorBen Consulting
Aka The Royal Shaman
Playboy Playmate of the Year 2004, model, mother of 4 amazing kids!