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

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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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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?

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