The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Jody Patterson – Mystic Dance, Hip Hop and Enlightenment

The Shiatsu Guy Presents podcast - Jody PatersonIn episode Twelve of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews his friend Jody Patterson, about his experiences of discovering the mystical aspects of life, to discovering his spiritual teacher and joining a spiritual community.

Jody talks about his early spiritual experiences through dance, being drawn to a path of enlightenment, and life within a post-modern spiritual community, with very traditional overtones.

Jody speaks about his time of becoming a formal student of Andrew Cohen’s Evolutionary Enlightenment and becoming celibate…

We explore some of the conflicts within the community, from the traditional basis to the the issues with hierarchy and superiority.

We also look into the mess that some Western Gurus have left in their wake… and the impending responsibility of Jody’s imminent fatherhood…

This episode is a kind of Companion episode to Marc Pell’s interview, episode 005 – and if you’re interested could be the foundation to a ‘trialogue’ between Marc, Jody and myself…

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

Kosmic Fire (formerly Neosonic) performance at the Steiner Conference in Frankfurt, Germany

Straight Outta Compton

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US

 

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Maggie Richards, Meditation, Self-Betterment and Surrendering to the Spiritual Path

the shiatsu guy podcast - Maggie RichardsIn episode Eleven of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews Maggie Richards, a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher,  Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapist and author of A Guide to Being a Better Being by Maggie Richards – out this year!

In this episode we explore Maggie’s path of development and the beginning of her spiritual path, her journey to becoming a Meditation and Mindfulness teacher and learning Somatic Experiencing, as well as how she discovered her Spiritual Teacher, transforming herself in the process…

Maggie talks about her experience of living a heart-centred path and how her destiny aligned to bring her to where she is professionally and spiritually in her life now.

We get a bit esoteric in this episode and discuss the human journey, why we are ‘here’ and the lessons we have to learn as human incarnations on this earth…

It all comes down to love, taking responsibility for our own development and getting out of your own way!

Have a listen to the episode and join in the conversation. Please leave a comment below about your own experiences on the path 🙂

Maggie is currently working through the publishing process with her publisher and doesn’t have a publication date as yet… In the podcast (which was recorded over a month before release) she was looking to use another book title and other publishing options… Things can change quickly 🙂

The Contents of Maggies book: A Guide to Being a Better Being

(Working title was The Girl Who Found Herself)

CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Meditation

Chapter 2 – Spiritual Retreats

Chapter 3 – Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution®

Chapter 4 – Spiritual Living

Chapter 5 – Diet

Chapter 6 – Dreams

Chapter 7 – Overcoming Negativity

Chapter 8 – Forgiveness

Chapter 9 – Losing a Loved One

Chapter 10 – Prayer

Chapter 11 – Finding and Working with a Spiritual Teacher

Chapter 12 – The Divine

 

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

The first personal development course Maggie took – Path of Love 

 

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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US

The Modern Seer Trilogy by Cher Chevalier  (Book 3 is not out yet)

Book 1

UK

US

 

Book 2

UK

US

Corrections/clarifications from Maggie

– Osho was a 20th century mystic

– My mystical love lesson taught by a plant (a hedge, to be precise) is in Chapter 11 (Finding and Working with a Teacher) of my book – not the first, which is Meditation.

 

Where you can find Maggie and her work:

MaggieRichards.co.uk

@Maggie0Richards on twitter and on Instagram

ExpandedLiving.co.uk Personal development course with Ralf Marzen

Cher Chevalier’s website

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… The Untethered Soul, Forgiveness and Heartmath

the shiatsu guy podcastThis is the first Mini-Episode or as Mr Tim Ferriss (my podcasting hero!) calls them, Inbetweenisode!

The intention was to produce a short (20-30 minute) bite-sized episode featuring me presenting some of my thoughts and ideas that I felt would be helpful or useful for my listeners…

In this case we’ve got around 50 minutes of me rambling… But I hope you find it interesting and/or useful… I tried to keep to a set of notes, so imagine how it could have gone without!

This is based around my experience of being involved with a spiritual community, the disillusionment that occurred when the teacher was de-throned (I must watch too much Game of Thrones!), and my journey out the other side…

In this, at times ranty, episode I share my experience of three ‘heart-centred’ techniques that have helped me on my journey and I believe would help any human-being on this earth!

I’ll put links to resources below so you can find them yourselves…

And I wanted to share a quote that made me laugh when I listened back to the recording

There were a lot of broken eggs in the omelette that Andrew made

Now you’ll have to listen to work out what the heck I’m on about! 😉

 

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Links for the books I talked about in this episode:

The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

(UK)
(US)

and The Surrender Experiment also by Michael A Singer

(UK)

 

(US)  

 

The Law of Forgiveness by Connie Domino

(UK)
(US)
and The Law of Attraction (possibly no longer in print) by Connie Domino

 

Heartmath Institute – www.heartmath.org and www.heartmath.com

 

 

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Marc Pell – Life after a Spiritual Guru and Spiritual Community

the shiatsu guy podcast - marc pellIn episode six of the Shiatsu Guy Presents… podcast I interview my friend Marc Pell about his experience of living in a Spiritual community for a number of years, in what was essentially a social and spiritual experiment attempting to create a new enlightened culture of connectedness and individuality.

The whole international community came tumbling down when the leader, Andrew Cohen, was deposed by his senior students when they took issue with the way he was conducting himself and running the community.

In this interview we delve into what the initial attraction was to becoming involved with a spiritual community, the benefits and drawbacks as well as where it all went wrong for Andrew Cohen and EnlightenNext

I hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I did. This is the first of several episodes in this area, with a part 2 from Marc coming up and another interview in the works for a different perspective on the situation…

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Saul Levitt – Mickel Therapy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and M.E.

Welcome to Episode Five of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Saul Levitt of IntuitiveHealth.co.uk

the shiatsu guy podcast - saul levitt

In this episode Simon interviews Saul Levitt, about his journey through Chronic Fatigue to being energised and healthy, and in the process discovering Mickel Therapy. We look at the emotional aspects of Chronic Fatigue and what is actually going on, as well as the development of the Mickel Therapy technique to help other conditions that are notoriously difficult to treat.

 

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Links for the things we discussed in this episode:

When the Body Say’s No – Dr Gabor Mate

(UK)

 

(US

 

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

(UK)
(US
Stem Cell Enhancer

Mickel Therapy Training

How to find or get in touch with Saul

Intuitive Health

Twitter: @i_health

+44 (0)7789 383 197

saul@intuitivehealth.co.uk

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… iamYiam.com – Transforming online health care platforms

Welcome to Episode Four of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With the Founder and COO of iamYiam.com

In tThe Shiatsu Guy Presents podcast - episode 004 - iamyiam.comhis episode Simon interviews Lorena Puica (the Founder) and Cyrille Guillet (COO) of iamYiam.com, a new online wellbeing platform with a mission to transform our approach to wellbeing and self-care. We explore the background situation that was the catalyst for the company being born and their revolutionary vision for the future!

You an also learn Lorena’s 1 minute health boost!

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Links for the book we discussed in this episode:

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz 

(UK)
and

(US

How to find iamYiam

www.iamYiam.com

iamYiam seedrs campaign

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Episode 000

What’s it all about??the shiatsu guy - health wellness podcast

So this is the very first episode of my new Interview based Health podcast ‘The Shiatsu Guy Presents…’

In this episode I wanted to explain what I’m hoping to achieve, why I want to do it and what I hope my listeners will get from the podcast…

But it’s not all about what I want… Have a listen to this short episode and let me know your thoughts on what you would like included in future episodes; any topics you would like covered, any specific people you would like me to interview (an intro is always welcomed if I don’t know them or have a personal connection already… But I’ve been surprised how open people have been to being interviewed) and anything else you can think of…

I’m really keen to produce a high quality podcast, so if the sound quality is dodgy, please let me know. If the format is lacking, please let me know! If they’re too long or too short, please let me know!

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… The Podcast

**It’s LIVE!!! Launch date was the 1st of April 2016!!**

 

I’ve been a keen consumer of podcasts for some time now and have become inspired to start my own… So a new project for 2016 is to launch my very own Podcast!The Shiatsu Guy Presents podcast

It will be a health and wellbeing podcast with a slant towards the business side of being a therapist or health professional.  The plan is to share people’s personal journeys of how they found their path, what they’ve learned and where they’re going…

I already have a number of interviews lined up and have a growing list of people I would love to feature!

If you’d like to be featured please see the bottom of this post…

The plan is to launch on the First of March 2016 with a number of episodes recorded and ready to go!

So at the moment I’m busy getting everything set up at the backend, scheduling interviews, fine tuning my questions, getting to grips with the technology, the technique and the finer aspects of the concepts I want to explore.

My guests will generally be interviewed on an audio only Skype call unless they are local Londoners and want to do an in-person interview instead.

And I will also be including some shorter episodes where I explore a specific topic, give an over view or review of something that I use and value myself… I’ve got some ideas but working out what exactly will be part of the journey!

 

The Shiatsu Guy Presents - podcastFuture Podcast Guests…

This will be an audio only Podcast exploring the SuperStars of the Natural Health Field!

My guests will require basic equipment such as this headset and mic:

Or if they want to go really high quality, this bad boy:

 

A decent broadband connection is also essential…

If you’d like to be interviewed please outline what you do and pop an email over to info@TheShiatsuGuy.com

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I’m quite nervous pressing the publish button but here goes!

Can Meditation and Yoga Help Relieve Social Anxiety?

This is a guest post by Dan Fries:

Dan Fries is a science writer and published author in the field of translational oncology. Dan’s work has been featured in journals such as Cancer Discovery and Cancer Research. His contribution is exploring the natural health approach to social anxiety and panic attacks. Find out more about Dan’s mission at www.corpina.com 

 

Have you ever felt a cramping sensation in your gut or beads of sweat forming on your forehead when you enter a room full of people? Clearly, anxiety is killing your professional as well as social life. Fear, stress and anxiety are in the driver’s seat and you end up being a passenger who is traveling into the depths of the unknown.

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” – H.P. Lovecraft.

Yoga and Meditation to beat social anxietyThis quote tells us that it is normal to have slight fear, as it is in human nature to be afraid of unforeseen circumstances. But you need to be focused, disciplined and dynamic to overcome and fight this fear. The problem begins when this fear becomes intimidating and persistent, and starts to take control of your everyday life.

Slowly this leads to anxiety disorder, worry, a state of overly-uneasiness, etc. which if left unchecked can require medical treatment. That is where yoga and meditation can help. Of course, yoga and meditation alone are unlikely to be your only treatment options. Both of them should sync with each other and than only after consulting a specialist or a doctor. The medical practitioner can guide and help you to know what kind of anxiety disorder you are having – OCD, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to name a few.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

  • Having obsessive and uncontrolled thoughts related to past traumatic experiences
  • Feeling uneasy, scared and panicky
  • Tendency to repeatedly wash hands
  • Waking up from frequent nightmares
  • Having problems getting sound sleep
  • Sweating hands and feet
  • Frequent heart palpitations

Kicking Anxiety Through Yoga

The regular practice of yoga can assist you in staying relaxed and calm in your day-to-day life. It can give you the energy for facing events as and when they occur without being restless. The practice of yoga consists of a complete package of body postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayamas).

Yoga Postures

Yoga postures or asanas can help in getting a healthy body and mind. Stress and negativity are released from the system through the following postures –

  • Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
  • Shirshasana (Headstand)
  • Janu Shirsasana (One-Legged Forward Bend)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
  • Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
  • Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)
  • Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose)
  • Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  • Paschimottanasana (Two-Legged Forward Bend)
  • Adhomukha Shwanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Once you’ve finished the yoga postures, you need to lie down so that your body and mind can get a few minutes of relaxation. This flushes out the toxins in the body which are the major cause of stress for your biological system.

Breathing Exercises

Proper breathing techniques can help free your mind from unwanted clutter and thoughts. This avoids the breeding of anxiety and keeps the mind fresh. You can try the following breathing methods –

  • Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breathing Technique)
  • Kapalbhati Pranayama ( Skull-Shining Breathing Technique)
  • Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breathing Technique)
  • Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Meditating Your Way To A Relaxed Mind

meditation for anxiety and stressMeditation is a great technique for relaxing a mind which is distracted. It provides a sense of peace and calm. You can observe that with daily practice your mind gets involved with petty and insignificant things. Plus, meditation can help you to avoid worrying or getting anxious about the unforeseen future.

You will most likely be familiar with the term ‘adrenalin rush’. This occurs when you are too anxious or scared about a potential threat. For example, at the time of an adventure ride, your adrenalin levels would be higher than usual, leading to a faster heart beat. It could also make your muscles tense and your body sweat profusely.

Various scientific researches have shown that regular practice of meditation can lower the stress hormones. A study was conducted by the Department of Psychology of the Standard University for the participants of social anxiety disorder. They underwent a two-month meditation training which resulted in reducing their anxiety and transforming their thoughts to a more positive outlook.

Supplements For Controlling Stress And Anxiety

Did you know supplements are one of the best options for taking control of your anxiety and stress? You could for instance try the nootropic supplement of Phenibut, which is available in tablet as well as powder form. This supplement is not only safe; it has already been used by people for several decades. Phenibut is a derivative of the brain chemical GABA, but is able to pass the blood-brain barrier more effectively, it is one of the most significant neurotransmitter of the human body. It effectively calms the hormones related to anxiety and stress and brings a positive change to the mood and confidence of the user.

Summing It Up

Social anxieties and stress can be traumatic and create majorly off-putting experiences in your life. With the regular practice of yoga and meditation you can minimise the negatives and hopefully kick them out of your life. However, if they are still persistent in your life, you can take mood and memory enhancing supplements to counter their ill-effects and reduce it safely and gradually. So go ahead and enjoy a stress-free life!

 

Thank you to Dan Fries for this guest blog post!

 

If you have suffered in the past or currently suffer from stress and social anxiety we would love to hear about how you’ve managed. Have you been successful using meditation and yoga or other types of natural therapies, or have you been successful in taking supplements to cope?

Please leave a comment below, we love to hear from our readers!

 

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria – Part 3

This is the third and final part of the distilled wisdom of 105 year old Blue Zone lady of  Ikaria; longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone on diet, lifestyle and happiness. 

So part 3 of the series is on health and longevity according to the 105 year old Ikarian lady called Ioanna who we met on our recent summer holiday to the Greek island of Ikaria.

Ioanna only speaks Greek, so I had my wife (who speaks Greek) ask her some questions for me and translate the answers. 

The main think I wanted to know was what Ioanna’s view was on the chance of the young people of today living as long as her.Ikaria - Blue Zones - Diet advice 

I wanted to know if she though we young folk (anyone under sixty?) were making any mistakes that might jeopardise our chances of a ripe old age

I wanted to know what advice she would give us youngsters to reach the same age as her

She said that people born today had every chance of every living as long as her, 

she says “why not?!” 

The interesting thing was that to her it wasn’t particularly amazing thing that she’d lived as long as she had, that is was just her normal life. But from my experience of spending time with her, I felt that the most important thing was her attitude; that she still enjoyed life, wanted to be here and that she’d never given up on life. 

She’s still appreciating and enjoying every minute of life in quite an amazing way. She enjoyed interactions with people in a very open and genuine way, even random house-callers like us and another lady who rocked up while we were there 

Ioanna said “It’s about living your own life.

“Don’t expect anything from the world, don’t expect anything from your parents”

and that “nobody owes you anything”, that essentially life is what you make of it. 

Ioanna was big on taking responsibility for yourself, she said 

“you have to make your own destiny, it’s your own life and you have all the possibilities in your hand, it’s up to you to deal with it!”

This seems to be a fundamental thing for Joanna, that its a kind of ‘Will to Live’ that is important, that if you want to live then you will. It’s more about your desire to live than anything you’re specifically doing. 

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria 1That seems to be her way or philosophy of life, although she doesn’t seem to be self destructive. She’s not actively doing things that are bad for her. Ioanna seems to have limited or eliminated any overtly harmful habits or practices. I didn’t ask but she didn’t seem to be a smoker so we can assume she was a non-smoker, which is relatively rare is Greece, so that will certainly have helped her.

Along with not smoking, she was also not much of a drinker, she doesn’t eat a lot of meat or any fried food, so that is all a part of it. 

Anyway, back to Ioanna’s advice. She said that you should have a good relationship. She was big on quality relationships! 

she said “don’t be distracted by others”

So this can be maybe taken as the post-modern obsession where the grass is always greener and always looking around for the better relationship rather than working in what you have, and it seems to Ioanna that this has been very important in her life. 

Love!


Love is a big thing for Ioanna. She said love for others, other people, but also love for the universe, the cosmos!

With the great energy that she had spent a lot of time thinking about the wonders of the universe.
She said she’d lay awake at night thinking about the world, the universe and just the wonders of it all (what exactly was a little lost in translation I think). Ioanna also thought it wasn’t good to spend too much time thinking about yourself, being selfish and self-centred.
Instead she said think about the universe, there is this amazing, wonderful thing out there thats for her a miraculous phenomenon that was amazing and glorious. 

So Ioanna is all about the bigger perspective, getting over the ‘me, me, me’ culture that we live in now…

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of IkariaIoanna said she listens to the inner music that’s playing. She said she hears melodies and symphonies in her head, choirs and orchestras. She sang a little of the music in her head and made her care-worker laugh because Ioanna doesn’t have the most amazing voice, but she’s got the most amazing spirit!

Ioanna regularly lays awake at night thinking just about life, the universe and everything, And I think for her that it’s really important just to have this fascination with the universe and know there’s plenty of reasons to keep going with life.

So she gave her own answers, her own take on things, not actually what I thought she would say at all, but she has definitely got a passion for life and I hope you feel that too.

If you’d like to catch up on the rest of this series, go here for Blog post 1 and here for Blog post 2

My Life Extension Project blog is here and you can get the Blue zones book on Amazon too

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria – Part 1

My wife and I were recently on holiday in the Greek Island of Ikaria, which in recent years has become famous as one of the world’s ‘Blue Zones’ where people regularly live into their 90’s and 100’s in good health and are leaving a lot of the rest of the world behind in terms of health and longevity. 

Long term human health is an interest of mine and I’ve written about it here at this site: thelifeextensionproject.com and below is a series of blog post exploring some advice I received from a 105 year old Ikarian lady called Ioanna.

Ioanna was born in 1911 and is still very sharp of mind at a huIkaria - Blue Zones - Diet advicendred and five years old, although her body is starting to go on her now and she walks with a zimmerframe, also she had an accident two years ago at 103 and her right shoulder has ceased up. Luckily I was able to give her a short Shiatsu treatment to help the pain in her shoulder and neck, which she hugely appreciated. She even started to call me Dr. Simon. 

Her advice on living a long and healthy life came in 3 parts. Primarily blog post 1 is about happiness and outlook on life, blog post 2 will be about diet and blog post 3 will be about the future of health for the young people of today

Oh well let’s call young people those under 70 or 80 for her. 

Happiness and outlook on life. 

This seems to be just as important to Joanna as her work and her diet. She had a very passionate view of the world and even at her rather advance age was sharp, witty, funny and very quick! She was happy to impoart her view of the world and give advice to the young (although she didn’t speak english so I had everything translated) 

Her advice was as follows. 

“It’s important to love the Universe, the Universe is life”

She said she stays awake at night thinking about the Universe and the wonders of the Cosmos. Joanna thinks this is an important part of her long term health and her ability to persevere through difficulties and to still be here a long time after many of her friends and family passed on. Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria 1

Other nuggets of her wisdom and advice:

She said “Don’t be jealous. Jealousy is what makes you ill” 

“If you’re not happy about other people then it’s your own unhappiness and so its jealousy, which is not good”

“Be happy for other people’s success. If other people are successful you should be happy for them” 

and 

“You shouldn’t resent their success because what does that get you? It just makes yourself unhappy! So just feel happy for them” 

and 

“When other people feel sad then feel sad too.” 

My understand of this is that it’s more about having appropriate feelings for other people around you, to say connected and not be separate from each other. It stands to reason that you shouldn’t feel happy about other people’s misfortune, or to see somebody whose life was better than yours and then gets worse and that makes you happy… It’s just the wrong way!

More of Ioanna’s advice was around money and posessions

she said “don’t accumulate money. Life here (ed: on Ikaria?) is not about making more money than you need. You can’t take it with you. Just have enough and to be able to live a happy, comfortable life. Having more than you need isn’t going to bring you any happiness.”

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of IkariaThis stands to reason. There is no point in spending your life acumulating weath and posessions without enjoying life itself. But I’m going to try to do both and enjoy the whole journey as much as possible!

Ioanna also said to make your own life. She was rather concern about a lot of young Greeks (in particular, as that’s where she lives and her frame of reference) who were living off their parents and being rather demanding and asking for money from them, expecting a lot from their families. She believes that “nobody owes you anything, so don’t expect others to look after you.” 

“You have to make your own life” and that “it’s important for you to be independent and stand on your own two feet”  

“Just have enough for a good life. You dont need to be spending your time accumulating and wanting more and more because also that is whats making you unhappy”

Seems to me an almost Buddhist philisophy for life, but it’s solid and makes good sense to me 🙂

Ioanna has a rather simple approach to life, she is a very straight forward woman who lives in quite a basic house, but she was still working at her trade as a weaver right up until the age of 105. She is an inspirational and quite a remarkable lady who has quite a passion for life even now!


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Blog post 2 is about Ioanna’s approach to diet

and blog post 3 is about her view on the young people of today!