The Awake Athlete Podcast is a short form exploration of life perspectives from a 10,000-foot view. An all-encompassing offering of time-tested knowledge, techniques, and practices that allow for more ease along the path of athletic performance while creating a beneficial effect on the entirety of this life experience. Through the knowledge that she has gained from years of study and training, Jess Gumkowski, endurance athlete, and mindset coach shares commonsensical ancient wisdom that leads to a mental fitness level that can change the world. This podcast is for athletes who are ready to open their minds and welcome in their greatness. It is for coaches who are curious about expanded viewpoints from which to guide their athletes to their highest performance level. Awake Athlete is more than a podcast; it is a way of living that is by its nature, as easeful as it is powerful. This seasonal offering will support athletes and coaches who, like Jess, view mastery as the only option in this life.
S2 Ep1: Season Two Opener
Season two is here and the work remains the same. Present moment awareness is the key to it all; lifting limits, detaching, identifying when the ego is living our life, figuring out who we are and never holding back. I’m so excited for this season, thank you for your support and feedback for season one.
If you haven’t heard, a powerful community was formed through our Patreon.com/yogitriathlete community after season one launched. Check it out, it’s the Awake Athlete tier. Patreon members support the podcast, get awesome givebacks and make sure that this podcast remains commercial-free.
S2 Ep2: Are You Trapped In Trying?
Have you ever considered that trying is an invitation for failure? I never did until I heard a friend of mine say it one day, and then it all made sense.
Contemplate this, if we're always trying, then we never really have to do anything.
In this episode, I give insight into why this inquiry may ring true and how to begin to examine what may be holding you back from doing the very thing you are trying to do.
S2 Ep3: Injury: What Can I Do?
What is your first reaction when you hear the word injury? How do you respond when your own body shows signs of damage? Have you ever considered that it could be a time to expand gratitude, increase mind training, and continue the momentum towards your dreams?
At the time of recording this episode, I am on the upside of a tasty injury, and I believe I crested the peak so much quicker because of my mindset. Our focus is the invitation, and there is no better time to clean up our mindset than when injury graces our experience.
Contrary to the collective belief, injury can be a time for celebration AND continued training. We can do so much when our bodies are injured if we are willing to stay in solution energy.
I share some personal history with injury, when my body perspective shifted, and how I kept my fitness chart on the rise through my latest body opportunity.
S2 Ep4: Intuition or Mindstuff?
Knowing which race to sign up for, what coach to work with, honestly, any decision in life never needs to be the paralyzing process of deliberation that it is for many.
As we wake up and flex our muscle to be present in life, we wake up to the intuitive voice that always knows the correct answer for us. It has a different tone than what we’re used to; it’s more subtle and never begs for recognition. It is unlike the whirlpool of thoughts that vie for our attention and confuse the daylights out of us.
A skill attained on the Awake Athlete path is the discernment between intuition and mind-stuff. In this episode, I share experiences from Ironman Lake Placid, how I got there and what I learned from following my intuition. I also talk about the mind virus of doubt and share techniques to develop your intuitive voice during training and in your meditation practice.
S2 Ep5: We Are So Self-Absorbed!
The ego needs to be seen as a separate autonomous being and, at the same time, makes everything about itself. When we act from this separation mechanism, we operate from the lower self and are in no way at our best to perform in sport or life. We become self-absorbed in the way we see the world and how the world sees us.
The ego is going nowhere, so we can fight it, we let it rule us, or we can be the master of it. If the latter is your choice, you must stay on high alert for the egoic impulses set to derail us from our focus and sabotage our success.
In this episode, I share a story of catching myself being a servant to my ego. After further investigation in which I discovered the thought behind the thought, I uncovered the perpetuation of an old story that I am not enough. I tell how I got back on track, why Strava is my guru, and the truth about who is looking at you in a yoga class.
S2 Ep6: Always Be Tuning
Awakening begins when we realize there is more to this life than what we see, taste, smell, touch, and hear. If we are dissatisfied with our reality, we can tune ourselves towards a new reality just like a musician tunes an instrument. If we are ready, we can let go of the Old World way of seeing to believing and open to the New World way of believing it to see it.
It is our essence to expand. Look at science; there are discoveries every day, all of which are born in the imagination first. We are co-creators in our reality, we have a say in how our life unfolds, and it has everything to do with our energy's resonance which governs our response to life.
Awakening is about owning our impact globally, being a deliberate creator alongside the energy that holds planetary alignment, and constantly tuning ourselves. All it takes is unwavering dedication and utter detachment, which is the good news because, for athletes, this is what we do best. Set a goal, stay focused, achieve the goal. Rinse and repeat.
Loving the teachings!
So appreciating your wisdom and creativity! Your 50-50 connection to yourself as you reach out and connect to others is awesome. Thank you for pouring yourself into these teachings and reminders of how to live with freedom and less acting in on self. 💞💞🙏
Jess you are truly talented with your words. You have an amazing ability to touch peoples soul. Your transparency helps me feel that I am not alone. So thank you for climbing to the top and giving us you perspective at a 10,000 ft view. Really great listen!!
I am thoroughly enjoying this podcast. The endless amounts of knowledge flowing so eloquently from Jess will open my heart and mind. Each episode is full of so much wisdom delivered in a way that is easy to understand, relate to, and start to put into practice. I’ve listened to the first season twice already and will be starting it over again.