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8 Tips For Mental Health During Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the lives of people around the world, and those who don’t have the virus are not immune to the effects of COVID19. In fact, we all have to deal with the consequences of the crisis. Our habits have changed substantially. As we learn to adapt to the “new normal,” we have to remember that our mental health is as important as our physical health. Some people might be used to spending a lot of time at home, but others, especially those who also lost their jobs in the process, might be struggling. Even if we can’t see family and friends or go to our favorite restaurants, there are some pleasant activities that we can do at home. We put together a list of things that we hope can help you cope with these challenging times. Here are 8 tips for mental health during coronavirus:
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Conflict Resolution

Interpersonal conflict arises often. And almost always it is due to people: Not fully sharing their feelings and thoughts. Not feeling heard. There is a laughably simple method to solving this issue. Stephen Covey shared the technique in his iconic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. Michael Rosenberg codified it in Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. And Chris Voss showed its effectiveness in his excellent Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. I recommend reading all three of these books to get fully immersed in their techniques, but here is the thousand-foot view: Most feel hatred for each other, because they feel unheard. For me to respect you, I don’t need for you to agree with me. But I do need for you to hear what I have to say. When I tell you my perspective (which I of course believe to be right) and you aren’t immediately convinced, then I assume that you didn’t really hear or understand what I said. If you start sharing your perspective, I will be uncompelled and unwilling to truly listen, because you haven’t been willing to consider mine. And the cycle spirals downward to hate and acrimony. There is a simple fix. I only need to prove to you that I have “heard” you. And to do that, I only need to repeat back what you’ve said (summarized, of course) until you say “That’s right!” Then you will feel heard. You will now be open to hearing what I have to say.  (Here is an experiment that proves this principle. The next time you encounter a person who is repeating themselves, stop them and ask if you can state back what they’ve already said. They will say “yes.” You then summarize what they’ve said and ask if you got it right. If they say “yes” again, then watch to see if they continue to repeat themselves. They will not.) To resolve conflict, you only need to get each person to state their deepest, darkest thoughts, and then prove that each has heard what the other has said. This can be done verbally or in writing. I far prefer the written method as it takes about ⅓ the time, requires almost no facilitation (ie- its easy to stay on script), and the action items that come out of it are impeccable agreements. If you are the facilitator, here’s how it works (the written method): Step 1:  Ask each person to write down their deepest thoughts about the other person. You say: “Open up a Doc. Please give me (the facilitator) access, but do not give access to the other person yet.”  “On the doc, write 5 categories:  Anger (present) Fear (future) Sadness (past) Joy (present and past) Excitement (future)” “In every major relationship that we have, we have feelings of Anger, Fear, Sadness, Joy and Excitement. When you think about the other person, and you focus on the Anger that you feel, what thoughts come to mind? Please state those thoughts in the following way:  Feeling. I felt anger when … Fact. I saw you doing …. (This should be only what a video camera would have seen; no opinion, thought or judgement.) Story. The thought (or judgement) that I had was ….” Here is an example: Anger:  I felt anger when I saw you walk by me the other day and I didn’t hear the word “hello”.  The thought that I had was that you purposely ignored me, and thus were really saying “screw you!” to me. As facilitator, look at both docs and make sure that they are filled out correctly. Encourage the separation of fact and judgement as much as possible. Make sure they are as specific as possible about the actions the other person did and how it made them feel. Realize that any conclusions drawn from the other person’s actions are simply stories in their head, only the feelings one has and any specific actions are facts. Make sure there are no sweeping statements or value judgements. If one or both are reluctant to say anything, which is often the case, you supply the thoughts that you might have if you were in their shoes. Be dramatic. Become an actor. Get into the role. State the thoughts as explicitly as they would appear in your own mind. Use swear words. The person will start to guide you. They are likely to say: “That’s close, but not quite it. The thoughts I have are more like …” When they slow down or don’t seem willing to go further, again state the thoughts for them. Each time you do so, it allows them to go further. Do this until each person has written down their raw, unvarnished thoughts around Anger toward the other. Once they get that right, they can usually get through Fear, Sadness, Joy and Excitement on their own. Now ask each participant to cut-and-paste the Joy and Excitement sections to the top of the doc. For the person sharing their emotions and thoughts, it is hard to feel Joy and Excitement until they have first written down their thoughts around Anger and Fear. But when the recipient reads the doc, it is best for them to first see how the sharer actually has positive thoughts about the recipient. This validates the relationship and motivates the recipient to do what is needed to repair that relationship. Therefore, it is important for the recipient to read the thoughts around Joy and Excitement first. Step 2:  Person A (the person with less power in the relationship) shares access to their doc with Person B. Person B reads Person A’s thoughts around Joy and Excitement about Person B. Person B should simply say “thank you” to Person A when she reads these thoughts. Person B then reads Person A’s first thought around Anger about Person B. You, the facilitator, then follow this script: Facilitator asks Person B: “Do you want to make Person A feel Anger and have these thoughts?”  Person B: “No.”  If the answer is “yes”, then the two should not be in relationship together. That means that one will likely need to be let go from the organization. Regardless of seniority, the person to be let go should usually be the person who wants the other to feel anger. That person will likely create toxic relationships with others as well, and eventually will have to leave the company anyway. Facilitator to Person A: “What request do you have of Person B?”  Person A: “Please do the following: ….” If Person B agrees, have Person B write down the action item (with their initials and a due date) just below the fact/judgement of Person A. The goal here is to co-create a plan so that misunderstanding and acrimony do not enter the relationship again. Person A goes first. Person B adds their thoughts. They go back and forth until they have agreed on a written plan. Verbal agreements are not impeccable. We all understand words a little bit differently. To make this agreement impeccable, one of the participants writes down the plan and the other adds their initials and a “+1” to note their agreement.  Facilitator to Person A: “Do you feel heard? Do you feel that Person B wants to have a positive relationship with you?” Person A: “Yes.” If the answer is “no”, get curious and find out why. Repeat the steps above again until the answer is “yes”. Do not move on to a second Anger item yet. Step 3:  Person B shares access to their doc with Person A. Repeat the same script as in Step 2.  Now both Person A and Person B have: Affirmed that they want to be in positive relationship with each other. Have accepted the feedback and created an action item to resolve it. Step 4: When the ah-ha moment of understanding occurs, seal it with a physical connection: a hug, a handshake, a high-5. When Step 3 is complete, there will usually be a moment of understanding and compassion for each other. When this moment occurs, seal it with a physical connection. If the two have hugged in the past, ask them to do so again now. If the most they have done in the past is shake hands or high-five, then ask them to do that now. This physical connection symbolizes the new understanding and puts a capstone on the event. Step 5:  Ask each person for feedback on the process. What did they like that you (as facilitator) did? What did they wish that you had done differently? Step 6:  Set a meeting for 1-2 weeks out between Person A, Person B and the Facilitator.  At that meeting, confirm that both Person A and B have completed their action items. This will prove to each other that there is a real desire for a positive relationship. Do Steps 2-4 on the remainder of issues identified under Anger and Fear for each person. In my experience, when two people, who previously felt hatred towards each other, have shared their thoughts (and been heard) around all five of the basic emotions they feel toward the other, the two create an understanding and respect for each other, if even they still do not agree with the others’ positions. Please let me know if you experience something different.
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What we know about COVID19

With the cases of COVID-19 now increasing exponentially worldwide, it is becoming essential that we are prepared here in New Zealand, both as a community and as individuals. The current pandemic data is demonstrating a virus that is very contagious and very easily spread. It is causing severe illness in many cases, especially in the elderly and in those with underlying lung disease. However, it is also affecting the young, the fit and the healthy. What are we dealing with? SARS-CoV-2 is a highly infectious and potentially deadly subtype of coronavirus that causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19.  Over the past months and weeks, the virus and corresponding disease have been compared to the influenza virus and the seasonal flu. However, as time progresses there appears to be significant differences between this and the common seasonal flu. More Contagious Than the Flu With an estimated R0 (the expected number of cases directly generated by one case in a population where all individuals are susceptible to infection) between 1.4 – 6.49 and a mean estimate of 3.28[1], SARS-CoV-2 is much more infectious and spreads much faster than the seasonal flu, which has a median R0 of 1.28[2]. More Deadly Than the Flu The so-called case fatality rate (CFR) of SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to be at around 2%[3], meaning that an estimated 2% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 will succumb to it. In comparison, the CFR of seasonal influenza is estimated to be around 0.1%[4], this means SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to be about 20 times more deadly than the seasonal flu. Possibility of Severe Symptoms An estimated 15 – 20% of infected individuals suffer from severe symptoms[5], including pneumonia, acute lung injury and cardiac complications. No Treatment, No Vaccine, No Immunity As SARS-CoV-2 has only recently emerged, there is no well-studied treatment for COVID-19 and more research is needed in order to treat infected people efficiently. Likewise, there is no vaccine for SARS-CoV-2[6] and the development of such a vaccine will take a significant amount of time. With no vaccines and no prior immunity, anyone is a susceptible target for infection. While most infected people will only suffer from mild symptoms, this lack of herd-immunity can lead to severe illness in a significant amount of at-risk individuals. Exponential Growth Due to the lack of immunity, the entire human population is the upper limit of possible infections. And although exponential growth always seems slow at first, it can lead to unfathomably high numbers in a rather short time. With the numbers of infected people currently doubling in a matter of a few days in some areas[7], medical systems have become overloaded, leading to high numbers of fatalities and finite resources. What can we do? Taking steps to both reduce and prevent transmission between individuals and optimising our own immunity is paramount. With a viable vaccine is potentially another year away, the key to managing this pandemic is to reduce local spread. The following list of actions (based on recommendations from countries where local spread has already occurred), have been ordered from ‘Easiest to Implement’, to ‘Most effective but most imposing’. Don't panic, but be alert. Wash your hands often and practise good cough and sneeze etiquette. Try to touch your face as little as possible, including your mouth, nose, and eyes. Practice social distancing, no hugs and kisses, no handshakes, no high fives. If you must, use safer alternatives. Do not attend concerts, stage plays, sporting events, or any other mass entertainment events. Refrain from visiting museums, exhibitions, movie theatres, night clubs, and other entertainment venues. Stay away from social gatherings and events, like club meetings, religious services, and private parties. Reduce your amount of travel to a minimum. Don't travel long distances if not absolutely necessary. Do not use public transportation if not absolutely necessary. If you can work from home, work from home. Urge your employer to allow remote work if needed. Replace as many social interactions as possible with remote alternatives like phone calls or video chat. Do not leave your home if not absolutely necessary. ‍
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Somatic Therapy

Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection of mind and body and uses both psychotherapy and physical therapies for holistic healing. In addition to talk therapy, somatic therapy practitioners use mind-body exercises and other physical techniques to help release the pent-up tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Transforming Illness to Awaken Your Inner Healer

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Chronic disease preventionChronic Pain ManagementSomatic healingSpirit-Mind-Body Integrative HealthIntegrative Health & Wellness

Eat Like A Baby To Enhance Digestion

I was having a conversation with my best friend the other day about digestion and hunger cues and she mentioned how those were so evident in her newborn baby.He eats less at night, eats slowly, naturally stops when he’s full and gets annoyed when there are distractions while he eats. (I thought was especially funny to think about a baby swatting away a toy while attached to a bottle.) The thing is, we all did this once too. These cues were once very natural for us. But they were conditioned out of us as we got older and became more accustomed to this fast-paced world we live in where everything must be done at super-sonic speed, including mealtime. However, it’s not how our bodies were designed to optimally function. When we eat quickly we put ourselves into a state of stress, and a stress state actually shuts down the digestive system. This hinders the digestion process, which can lead to a whole host of issues, such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue and lagging energy. The best way to counteract this constant stress state is to enjoy your meals in a relaxed state by eating slowly. Savor your food without distraction (just like my friend’s baby). Get intimate with the taste, texture, aroma and visuals of the meal. This will not only increase your pleasure and satisfaction of the food, but also will enhance the digestive process. And just like a baby, slowing down and paying attention to your food will lead you to stop naturally when you’re full and decrease the likelihood of overeating. Did you know it takes the brain 20 minutes to catch up to the stomach? So what happens then if you eat an entire plateful of food in just 5 minutes? The answer is you probably end up eating more than your body needs because your brain didn’t have the chance to the register the food in your stomach. If you think you have issues with overeating or often find that your stomach is distended after your meals, get rid of distractions while eating. Becoming more fully present with your food will help you slow down and more readily read your body’s hunger and satisfaction cues. These are just a few tips that I hope can help you get more in tune with your digestive process. For more strategies, check out my FREE VIDEO where I share 3 bio-hacks to enhance digestion and increase energy…without changing what you eat! Get the FREE video
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Changing Habits: What’s Your Why?

When contemplating changing your habits or lifestyle, the most important question to ask yourself is: WHY? Why am I doing this? Why do I want this? There are as many different and right answers to this one as there are people. And your answer is the quickest way to get to what lies beneath the desire and discover what’s at the core. It’s also the best way to keep the motivation going when changing your habits because when you’re clear on your WHY, it can pick you back up if your enthusiasm starts to wane. Now there are Why(s) when eradicating an unhealthy habit and there are Why(s) when implementing a new healthy habit, and both can be uncovered with a few what and when queries. To get you started on the digging process, grab a journal and a pen, and answer these questions. Use whichever question fits your current situation, repeat it to yourself, ideally aloud, and sit with it for a moment. Then write down whatever bubbles up. 1. What purpose does this habit serve? / What purpose do I want this habit to serve? 2. What are my reasons for wanting to change/implement this habit? 3. When I give in to this habit, how do I honestly feel afterward? / How do I want this habit to make me feel afterward? 4. What imbalances am I causing with this habit? / What imbalances am I trying to fix with this habit? 5. What does my life look like when this habit is no longer a part of it? / What does my life look like when this habit is part of my regular routine? Once you’ve discovered your Why(s), repeat them often to yourself. You can even try posting your Why on your bathroom mirror, at the top of your computer screen or on your nightstand, where it can serve as a constant reminder of the commitment you’re making to yourself and your health. My personal why for leading a healthy lifestyle is freedom and the ability to do what I love. I believe the body is our vehicle in life to accomplish our soul mission and if the body isn’t healthy or properly functioning, we can’t show up to our fullest capacity in any area of our lives. So what’s your Why?
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Finding Your Niche

The initial time I became engaged in online coaching, I reached a number of other people. A lot of these people were fully on their way to establishing an online coaching business. “So far, so good”, I realized to myself.   It spun out that a lot of the individuals I was rubbing shoulders with digitally were mostly walking the misguided path. They had all the misguided views on how to start and run a strong online coaching business.   In fact, for the longest time, I battled with my own coaching business because I incorporated a number of their theories.   One of the most perplexing and harmful ideas that I subscribed to be the idea that I should recruit as many clients for one-on-one coaching. In speculation, this made sense because, let’s face it, if you want to learn from someone, the best way to do so is to have that person right in front of you.   While that person is talking, you can engage that person and ask questions that mean I lot to you.   Maybe there are a lot of materials that make little sense to you. Perhaps this person is skipping certain essential ingredients.   Whatever the claim may be the fact that they’re in front of you enables you to propose questions in real-time so they can commit with you in such a way that you pick up the knowledge that will take your expertise to the next level. All this is reasonably easy to grasp.   However, the obstacle is individuals will not seek one-to-one coaches unless that person is worth seeking. I anticipate you can understand that. I hope the value premise is clear with the announcement I just said.   Think about it. If you are just some arbitrary person who keeps suggesting to himself and to anyone who would bear to listen that you are an authority, do you think you will be perceived as an expert? Chances are you won’t.   You have to pay your dues. You have to write lots of books. You have to get interviewed a lot. You have to grow into some sifting of minor media image. You have to establish a name in your industry.   A bunch of these actions take relatively a dose of creation, focus and inclination. Yes, they likewise take a lot of time, and this is how you establish a premium brand.   Once you have arrived at that stage, suddenly it makes sense to advertise yourself in terms of one-to-one coaching. Prior to that moment, it doesn’t produce a whole lot of sense because people couldn’t care less.   They’d rather read your book. They’ll give you a shot that way. Maybe they’ll watch a video that you shot a long time ago.   However, in terms of paying up to $300 per hour for one hour of Face Time, I don’t think so. Unfortunately, there are so many other people who think like me.   Do yourself an enormous favor. Develop a premium brand first.
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Journey to the End of the Race Podcast

Today I'm releasing my first podcast series called Journey to the End of the Race, a six-part exploration of the struggle, wisdom, and gratitude that come from facing the ultimate bad news. In it, I interview my friend & former client Todd Anderson. Not many people have access to the clarity and confidence that come from facing mortality. Todd Anderson does. Listen to his story. Please listen to the episodes on one of the following platforms: - Website: https://www.journeytotheendoftherace.com/ - Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/journey-to-the-end-of-the-race/id1488706173?fbclid=IwAR3edYljqS6JB0dGnw_31IYFGfvqAHNL7Ocw45npQZzMf-rFyQKpLRfiPEA - Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0OENfOlbZ73jnij0unRwda?fbclid=IwAR3Iv5NqXsR0s4paS6ybyJT4Pa5dK6ViW1y2L6DxAhOxulgVsIh0QzG68FA - Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/storyworthy/journey-to-the-end-of-the-race?refid=stpr&fbclid=IwAR2n03U6CXMijt0T0lfIUvWjlEwOnc1E3oLk63dd9QTVI2-6QHzmRRWatag - Google: [coming soon]
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Integral Ethics for a Better You

In this article, I will provide a brief introduction to the practice of integral ethics. One way to define the word “integral” is as “comprehensive.” Therefore, the benefit of taking an integral approach to the ethical dilemmas we may face is that an integral approach allows us to honor the complexity of these situations. When we make decisions that embrace and honor complexity, we are more likely to experience positive outcomes for both us and the other people in our world. The integral ethical-decision making model and process that Dr. Tim Black and I developed, with guidance from Ken Wilber, facilitates the wise embrace of complexity by parsing ethics into four key domains that correlate to the interior and exterior of reality, as well as its individual and collective aspects. Analyzing ethics in this way gives us ethics itself, as well as morals, behaviors and laws. The relationship between these four domains is perhaps best understood with the assistance of visuals, as follows:
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Voice Dialogue for Healing Our Narcissistic Wounds into Wholeness

A.H. Almaas identifies 18 "I-states" or "ego-states" associated with healing narcissistic wounds. This is the kind of work we need to do in order to take care of the shadow aspects, projected outward, that result in, for example, authoritarian political characters appearing on the global scene in leadership positions. We can use "voice dialogue" to enact whichever of these I-states seem most relevant to our experience at the moment, giving us a kind of map of the territory and a way to navigate it towards wholeness. Here are the 18 I-states: "fake self"; "hard self"; "wounded self"; Betrayed self; raging self; pointless self; lost self; shameful self; rejected self; spacious self; self-active self; depressed self; helpless self; trusting self; ideal self; loving self; essential self or unique self. In voice dialogue what we do is "speak" TO that self and then AS that self, which helps us to fully accept it. Once fully accepted, a difficult sub-personality will usually "let go" on it's own. With self-states that are "true" and healthy, we don't need to let go of them. “That which is true can never be lost”. References: A.H. Almaas,
Hero's journeyDifficult emotionsEmotional disorders and traumasConscious leadershipIntegral Approach

Integral Meditation in Holoscendence: Accessing Primordial Awareness for Waking Up, Cleaning Up, Growing Up, and Showing Up

In this revolutionary breakthrough process, already tested with virtually thousands of people of different professional and cultural backgrounds, you will experientially learn how to use multiple dimensions of consciousness (including that of pristine primordial awareness) to foster Waking Up, Growing Up, Cleaning Up, and Showing Up in a profoundly integral and viscerally-felt fashion. Integral Meditation is a set of powerful (and virtually unknown, though sometimes treasured in secret inner traditions) contemplative techniques which allows you to discern, objectify, and unify numerous processes within: • your
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It’s NOT All In Your Brain! What YOU Can Do About Feeling Depressed…

You might be feeling “down in the dumps” lately, even like you have “lost your old self”. You may have noticed that you are sleeping quite a bit less than you used to, or are sleeping a fair bit more. Your eating patterns might have changed. You might be finding it harder to concentrate at work, or that you are more irritable with loved ones. You might even have noticed that you have lost your sense of hope for the future, or are feeling helpless about your present circumstances. When you are experiencing a group of symptoms like this, you might be dealing with depression. In addition to consulting with your trusted primary care physician, you can benefit from educating yourself about behavioral, psychological and interpersonal changes you can make in order to feel better again. Change is possible. You can feel well. I can help. Where Does Depression Come From and What Can You Do About It?
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What is Integral Psychology?

Integral Psychology—and Integral Psychotherapy, being interrelated fields of inquiry and practice—aim at integrating, healing and deepening our connection with body, emotions, mind, spirit as they present themselves in self, culture, and nature, utilizing a diverse yet profoundly unified set of methods, tools, and practices. The term “Integral” here means “comprehensive,” “holistic,” “wholeness-based.” The most known version of both Integral Psychology and Integral Psychotherapy nowadays is outlined in the works of Ken Wilber, the founder of Integral Metatheory (such as in his book Integral Psychology as well as various chapters and articles), and his colleagues (see, e.g., Elliott Ingersoll and David Zeitler’s book
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What is Holoscendence?

Holoscendence is an Integral meta-practice of therapy, shadow work, psychological and contemplative development, spirituality, and multidimensional communication. It was developed by Sergey Kupriyanov, MD, Ph.D. in Medicine, a Helsinki-based therapist with 40 years of professional experience, and is taught to students in Finland and Russia (where it is co-taught by Eugene Pustoshkin, a clinical psychologist from St. Petersburg). Holoscendence is based on seamlessly uniting nonordinary (nonlocal and timeless) dimensions of consciousness, being and communication with more ordinary (local and temporal) states and ways of interaction. It fully enacts body, mind, spirit, and their subtle dimensions in self, intersubjective relationships, and nature. It is a way to practice heightened states of consciousness dialogically, during daily mundane activities, which brings forth radical transformations to one's self-sense, personal and professional relationships, and a general way of life.
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What is Integral Meditation?

Integral Meditation
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How to get the most of your wearable device data

Our well-being depends on a variety of factors. We all have to deal with challenges, and it is important to ask for help when we are struggling. If you are experiencing issues with nutrition, stress, or sleep, working with a professional guide can be a life-changing experience. Innovative data-driven coaching is the new frontier.
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Mental Health Awareness Month - Join the movement!

Mental health is essential to our wellbeing. At some point, we all have to deal with challenges and fears that can affect our mental health. In addition, stress, anxiety, and burnout are common issues in our society. They impact our quality of life and may also affect our physical health in the long-term. Mental Awareness Month is an important occasion to stop and think about your mental health and the mental health of people around you. Unfortunately, our society is not kind to people who struggle with mental health—prejudice and discrimination still affect the way we talk and deal with this topic. This is why today, and every day, we need to get involved to move the conversation forward and fight the stigma. So, how can you help? Stay informed and educate others.
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How do high achievers in Silicon Valley deal with stress and anxiety?

Many of our clients, at awarenow, are businessmen and entrepreneurs who deal with a great amount of stress and anxiety on a daily basis. We have been interested in talking to successful tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to know how they manage difficult emotions. Our CEO Alina met with Rostislav Shorgin, a tech entrepreneur, who runs his own hedge fund. They had an interesting conversation that touched many different subjects, from the concept of fulfillment to effective routines and mindfulness. About fulfillment
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Meta-trends to take notice of for 2020

1. Soft is the New Hard/Rest is the New Activation.
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The need for lifestyle changes: grim statistics and actionable steps

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How to evaluate your environmental impact

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool that is used to evaluate the environmental impact of a product or service, taking into account the entire life cycle and it consists of four stages: The first phase defines the objective of the evaluation, which parts of the product life cycle to analyze and the specific times and criteria.
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Mind-body approaches that help with sleep

Sleep is much more than a way to recharge yourself—it is an essential component of a healthy and happy life. Sleep ensures that your body and mind work properly. Unfortunately, people are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased. Insomnia is common in the United States: About 60 million Americans have this disorder. Sleep deprivation affects both your physical and mental health, and people with mental health issues are more likely to have sleep disorders. Traditionally, healthcare professionals saw insomnia as a symptom of psychiatric disorders, but studies show that insomnia may raise the risk of developing mental health issues because it impairs thinking and emotional regulation. Insomnia is not just a factor that contributes to psychiatric disorders—it can also affect physical health. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep, in the long term, makes you more likely to die of heart disease or develop a stroke, and sleep deprivation weakens your immune system. If you suffer from insomnia, you can try these mind-body approaches:
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Understanding and achieving sexual health

How would you define sexual health? For many people, sexual health is considered simply as a sexual life without violence, diseases or unplanned pregnancies — but from a holistic point of view, sexual health is much more than that. The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) extends the definition to additional layers including the ability to embrace and enjoy sexuality, the respect of sexual rights, access to sexual health education and care, and the ability to talk freely about sexual health. The definition of the World Health Organization includes a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality, a positive and respectful approach to sexuality, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, and the respect of sexual rights.
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awarenow bookshelf | The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku is a physicist, a charismatic popularizer of science and its future potentials and a leading figure in the string theory. In the previous years, I have enjoyed his numerous videos, especially where he described what an 11th dimension means.
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awarenow bookshelf | review of Otto Scharmer’s “Theory U”

Otto Scharmer’s
MindfulnessEvolutionary leadershipConscious leadershipStrategic thinking/planningWellness and wellbeing

What is holistic health & wellness about?

In a time when we’re so busy, and there’s so much pressure on us, it’s more critical than ever to calm our mind, increase our self-awareness, and prioritize our wellbeing. These days you probably hear a lot about mental health, that, of course, affect both men and women. However, men may be less likely to talk about their feelings and seek help. Recognizing the five signs below is the first step towards getting treatment and living a better life: 1. An extreme change in personality 2. Uncharacteristic anxiety, anger, or moodiness 3. Social withdrawal and isolation 4. Lack of self-care or risky behaviors 5. A sense of hopelessness or feeling overwhelmed If you recognize any of these warning signs or see these behaviors in the people in your life, please contact us or a trusted certified psychotherapist. We can match you with guides who can help by personalizing a treatment based on evidence-based holistic health & wellness approaches. Why are we aiming to provide people with easy access to holistic health and wellness professionals?
Mental health & wellnessMindfulnessSpirit-Mind-Body Integrative Health

Exercise your attention with mindfulness

Scientific research
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Take Mindful Awareness Breaks from Your Story

Authored by Daron Larson, mindfulness awareness coach.
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Male personal development — resources

Most of our customers are tech executives in their 25s-40s, who are interested in incorporating a more holistic approach to their lives and businesses. Many of them believe that exploring their feminine side is part of their spiritual growth. Our awarenow guides work with them to support them in their self-discovery and self-mastering journey.
Male empowerment

Spirituality meets business. Lessons learned by Bryant Gallindo.

“Who am I?” The quintessential question that spirituality helps a person answer. You may think it a simple answer. For me, I could say I am a first-generation Mexican-American that is Ivy-League educated, a Conscious Capitalist, Queer, and from Los Angeles, California. But all of these would simply just be
SpiritualityConscious leadershipMindfulness

Bryant Galindo: Self-awareness and building a strong collaborative culture in your startup

Bryant Galindo is an awarenow coach, conflict resolution expert and co-founder of CollabsHQ.
LeadershipWellness and wellbeingConscious leadership

Complimentary emotional support for people affected by the fires

California is burning, and unfortunately, the trend doesn’t seem to stop. In the last years, California has been impacted by several deadly wildfires. In the fall of 2017, the Golden State was devastated by two fires: the Nuns fires affected the wine country, and the Thomas fire impacted the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. These fires were considered, respectively, the most destructive and largest wildfires in California’s history. But things got worse in 2018. Unfortunately, the Camp Fire gained the title of the deadliest fire in California’s history. The Camp Fire started on November 8th in Northern California. It killed more than 70 people, and more than 10,000 homes were destroyed. Together with the Woolsey fire, it burned more than 200,000 acres.
Emotional wellbeingEmotional disorders and traumasHolistic Health & Wellness

Got affected by the wildfires? Get complimentary emotional support ❤

At awarenow, we understand the importance of emotional and psychological help, especially in difficult times. This is why we’re putting together a
Wellness and wellbeingMental health & wellnessEmotional disorders and traumas

Feeling safe, connectivity and unresolved trauma

This Q&A blog post features Danny Morris, our dear awarenow guide who has a unique coaching approach and provides a profound help and relief to people with awareness and other custom coaching requests.
Somatic healingWellness and wellbeingMindfulnessSelf-optimization

Paths of Waking Up and Growing Up as Vectors of Growth to Greater Wisdom and Joy

There are two foundational vectors of consciousness and self-development: vertical and horizontal. Vertical Development is studied by developmental psychology. The psychology of child development studies stages of consciousness and selfhood formation in children. The study of Adult Development investigates the trajectory of an adult personality through the stages of increasing maturity of meaning-making and self-sense.
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Healthy Shame

Let’s define guilt as feeling bad about something I have done and shame as feeling badly about who I am being (1).
Wellness and wellbeingHolistic Health & WellnessSomatic healing

awarenow bookshelf | Colin Wilson: Collected Essays on Philosophers

In Colin Wilson: Collected Essays on Philosophers, edited by Colin Stanley, with an introduction by John Shand, meaning perception, existential intensity, and overcoming our alienation from power consciousness, Colin Wilson’s optimistic existentialism, an integrally-informed view is explored.
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Dharma Inquiry

The following are questions I find commonly useful in helping people gain greater insight into their unique life path and dharma:
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Towards a Language of Well-Being: A Generative Inquiry

It is commonly recognised that language is a reflection of culture and the reality portrayed by that culture. The reverse of this relationship, despite being less often considered, is no less impactful. The ways language is used serve to create patterns of thought, beliefs, behaviours, cultures, and, ultimately, realities. Wittgenstein claimed that the limits of our language are the limits of our world (68). Though the veracity of this claim continues to be debated, it provides insight into our reliance on language. At the very least, the omissions of a given language make the ideas it fails to address less accessible and communicable; it’s most rehearsed pathways preference certain destinations over others.
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The Most Important Book You’ll Read All Year

Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?
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awarenow bookshelf | Immunity to Change

You will be glad to realize that you already know exactly when to apply the “learning platform” that Kegan and Lahey have presented in this book.
MindsetLeadershipMindfulnessWellness and wellbeing

Positive Peace Conference: Keynote Daniel Brown

Integrative Psychotherapy is one of the most advanced therapy approaches, and it can deliver transformative results in a pretty efficient way, that’s why we represent it on our telewellness platform. We are very passionate about educating about integrative approaches and making them easy to access. Because they work and sometimes they work much faster than more of old-school therapeutic approaches.
AwarenessMindfulnessMental health & wellness

Alternative strategies for panic attacks

A panic attack is a sudden, intense feeling of fear or anxiety. Symptoms include a racing heart, sweating, and difficulty breathing. People who experience panic attacks may feel that they are losing control or even dying. Conditions such as stress and anxiety can lead to panic attacks. Panic attacks originate in the amygdala, which is also known as the fear center of the brain. When a panic attack occurs, the sudden increase in adrenaline, the hormone involved in the fight-or-flight response, causes the sensation of immediate danger.
Wellness and wellbeingPanic AttacksAnxietyFear/anxiety

The power of partnerships

“Nowadays it takes a mindful collaborative effort to serve our dearest community in the best way possible. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Headway to bring their community of coaches and clients into the awarenow family”, said Alina Trigubenko, CEO of awarenow.
Mental health & wellnessRelationship coaching

Altered Consciousness, Mysticism, Drugs and Dreaming

As Americans become more and more drawn to traditional and integrative methods of healing as well as in altered consciousness, I believe we are poised to embrace Embodied Imagination (EI) as a healing practice as well.
Plant medicine integrationMind-body connectionMental health & wellnessEvolutionary leadershipEmbodiment

8 holistic strategies to cope with burnout

In our society, the word “busy” is considered a badge of honor. Many people keep busy because they want to show others that they have a fulfilling in life, but in many cases, the image they try to convey is far from reality. People with jam-packed schedules who spend long hours at work may experience high levels of stress, exhaustion — and burnout.
Mind-body connectionHolistic Health & WellnessWork-life balanceChronic disease preventionBurnout
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