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This podcast explores how to heal stress & trauma holistically. I am your host, Luis Mojica. My work, Holistic Life Navigation, was modeled after my own journey in healing myself of chronic illness & PTSD. I share this podcast with many other brilliant minds who, like me, healed themselves through unique, unusual, and unorthodox ways. For more information on me & my work, please visit: https://www.holisticlifenavigation.com. (Written, produced & recorded by Luis Mojica. Additional production, music composition & editing by Evan Glenn Adams. Intro & outro song: "Witch Love" by Luis Mojica)

This podcast explores how to heal stress & trauma holistically. I am your host, Luis Mojica. My work, Holistic Life Navigation, was modeled after my own journey in healing myself of chronic illness & PTSD. I share this podcast with many other brilliant minds who, like me, healed themselves through unique, unusual, and unorthodox ways. For more information on me & my work, please visit: https://www.holisticlifenavigation.com. (Written, produced & recorded by Luis Mojica. Additional production, music composition & editing by Evan Glenn Adams. Intro & outro song: "Witch Love" by Luis Mojica)

Location:

United States

Description:

This podcast explores how to heal stress & trauma holistically. I am your host, Luis Mojica. My work, Holistic Life Navigation, was modeled after my own journey in healing myself of chronic illness & PTSD. I share this podcast with many other brilliant minds who, like me, healed themselves through unique, unusual, and unorthodox ways. For more information on me & my work, please visit: https://www.holisticlifenavigation.com. (Written, produced & recorded by Luis Mojica. Additional production, music composition & editing by Evan Glenn Adams. Intro & outro song: "Witch Love" by Luis Mojica)

Language:

English

Contact:

845-684-5919


Episodes

[Ep.67] Making Room Inside Of The Body To Heal Trauma | Brigitt Thompson (Author)

11/28/2021
Brigitt Thompson is a writer, author of Trust Yourself With Money, and a former student of my 6-week course. Her personal experiences that arose from the course were so inspiring to me that I wanted to have her on here to reflect back to me, and you, my own work in her own language. What is most important to me is her statement: capacity feels like making room. This practice of making room is the foundation of my work. Making room for parts of us we judge, making room for desire, making...

Duration:00:45:48

[Ep. 66] Healing Collective & Cultural Trauma | Asha Frost (Indigenous Medicine Woman)

11/21/2021
I'm joined by indigenous medicine woman Asha Frost. We explore the nuances of cultural trauma and how to heal that collectively. Asha comes with a unique and powerful sense of unconditional love. Her presence makes this work, amongst natives and non-natives, safe and powerful because she sees us all as relatives and, essentially, needing the same thing: connection to the self, land, and one another. This conversation reminds me how the body is always connected. It's the mind that forgets,...

Duration:00:42:35

[Ep. 65] The Extended Mind: The Power Of Thinking Outside The Brain | Annie Murphy Paul (Author)

11/14/2021
I'm joined my science researcher & author Annie Murphy Paul. We talk about how the mind is far more expansive than just the brain - or even the body. Her work intersects with my work to bring new language and data that supports what indigenous and body-focused cultures have always understood: the body relates to everything around it and the brain is only one piece of the equation. This holistic understanding of how we relate, learn, and function is invaluable. Understanding this allows us...

Duration:00:41:30

[Ep. 64] Somatic Education & Educational Trauma | Devie Rose (Holistic Coach & Teacher)

11/7/2021
Devie Rosie is my guest today. She works as a substitute teacher for Canada's public school system. She's also a breathwork facilitator who is, both, trauma-informed & has studied somatic psychology. We speak about how learning is dependent on safety, connection, and capacity. Together, we chat about ideas and philosophies on why school can be so traumatic and how, one teacher at a time, we can create deeper co-regulation with students and support their nervous systems to learn and stay...

Duration:00:41:37

[Ep. 63] Letting Nature Teach Us How To Heal | Tess Whitehurst (Author & Facilitator)

10/31/2021
I'm joined by Tess Whitehurst and we speak about how we learn to heal from watching nature and from being in the Earth. I love this discussion because we try to understand, together, the difference between trauma response and reaction. How we use our imagination to create things, yet that same imagination can keep us in a fear response. Tess shares her practice of valuing pain and seeing it as interconnected with joy & life. We both agree that staying open is what allows trauma & pain to...

Duration:00:43:35

[Ep. 62] Transforming Your Genes With Food | Karen Hurd (Biochemist & Holistic Nutritionist)

10/24/2021
There is a constant cycle of life & death occurring inside of our bodies at all times. Our DNA & how that DNA expresses can shapeshift at any time depending on our environments, mindsets, and food rituals. This is a blessing because the expressions that are not useful (illness & trauma responses) can also shapeshift into something new. In this episode, I am joined by biochemist & holistic nutritionist Karen Hurd to teach us how food and chemicals interact with our genetic expressions. For...

Duration:00:55:27

[Ep. 61] Understanding Intergenerational Trauma | Mark Wolynn (Trauma Therapist & Author)

8/22/2021
This week Luis is joined by a pioneer in intergenerational trauma and author of "It Didn't Start With You", Mark Wolynn. They dive into language and the history of stored and inherited family trauma. They discuss how trauma unconsciously passes down through DNA and the expression of that through verbal and nonverbal trauma language. Mark also tells stories from his practice and talks about rewiring the brain through positive practices. "Scientifically, when a trauma happens, it changes us....

Duration:00:43:43

[Ep. 60] Energy Is Somatic | Natasha Levinger (Energy Healer)

8/15/2021
In this episode, Luis speaks with Natasha Levinger - energy reader, healer, spiritual coach - about energy work, attunement, Spirit, grief, and more. "What a spiritual experience it is to be in a body." "Attunement is a beautiful thing. I was recently using it in an example of when we’re only attuning to others and not ourselves, that’s when it gets off balance. But attuning to people is also how we have empathy and how we connect and how we notice something’s off." "I easily talk to...

Duration:00:50:21

[Ep. 59] Family Constellation, Somatic Experiencing & Growing Up In An African Tribe | Euphrasia Nyaki (Somatic Therapist & Teacher)

8/8/2021
Luis speaks with Euphrasia Nyaki about her upbringing in Tanzania, the journey to somatic experiencing, engaging the ancestors, family constellation in her practice, and more. "I think those two pieces - the somatic experiencing with the intergenerational work - I feel like that's just the gold. I see so many people who...their bodies are still behaving like their ancestors', unbeknownst to them, because it's in there trying to express itself out, right? But it lacks context. So as you...

Duration:00:54:05

[Ep. 58] Spiritual Integration Therapy: Using Everything Around You | Lynida Darbes

8/1/2021
This episode Luis reconnects with his dear friend, Lynida Darbes, to talk about spiritual integration therapy -- which involves "an awareness of the process we go through of constantly being called on to integrate our emotions or psychological experience with our spiritual evolution." "I think the falling off the cliff was pretty instantaneous, after all the pain. I think I either had to die or I had to do this “falling off the cliff.” And then... I was totally alive, just completely every...

Duration:00:56:05

[Ep. 57] Understanding Trauma Through The Lens of Somatic Experiencing | Luis Mojica & Helena Grant

7/25/2021
Today's episode is a recording from an interview Luis did with Helena Grant for the Divine Instruments global event this past April. He speaks about somatic therapy and food and how that relates to trauma healing. "We're talking about trauma because it's the unconscious root of all of our imbalances. What's amazing about trauma when you start understanding it somatically versus psychologically is trauma has nothing to do with the event that you've been through. Trauma has everything to do...

Duration:00:55:02

[Ep. 56] How Sugar Affects the Body | Karen Hurd (Biochemist & Holistic Nutritionist)

7/18/2021
On this episode, Luis brings back biochemist and holistic nutritionist, Karen Hurd - from [Ep. 8 - Healing Your Body With Beans], [Ep. 19 - Caffeine & Adrenaline: How They Affect the Body], and [Ep. 34 - How Dairy Affects the Body] to talk about what sugar is actually doing in our bodies. "Some things take a lot of time to break down and enter into the bloodstream. That is not so with sugar. Whenever we put in sugar, it's what we call saccharide. Its molecular construction is such that it...

Duration:00:57:27

[Ep. 55] The Power of Inquiry: Showing Up To Yourself With Loving Curiosity | James-Olivia Chu Hillman (Facilitator & Teacher)

7/11/2021
In this episode, Luis talks with James-Olivia Chu Hillman about self-inquiry, regulation vs. relation, attunement, somatic embodiment, blame, certainty, animism, Disobedience School and more. "I believe the willingness to change is the willingness to live, and the willingness to witness others without judgment as they change is the willingness to love." "What is my relationship with myself like and therefore all of my other relationships with everyone and everything? There's a thing that...

Duration:00:54:48

[Ep. 54] Healing Trauma and Decolonizing With Food | Luis Mojica

7/2/2021
In this episode, Luis shares a pre-recorded workshop he led for Tending the Roots Festival, founded by Karine Bell, about the way we use our food and treat our bodies as a direct result of colonization, which includes a Q&A at the end. "Part of the most effective way to getting to the trauma and healing the trauma is creating a body that is so well-nourished that it reflects safety in its biochemistry. That the foods it eats grounds and supports and strengthens rather than depresses or...

Duration:01:33:30

[Ep. 53] Animistic Psychology: Relating to Other Than Humans | Daniel Foor (Psychotherapist & Teacher)

6/25/2021
In this episode, Luis dives into animism with Daniel Foor, Ph.D., a teacher of Earth and ancestor reverence, and author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. "[Animism] is a way to refer to a set of values that basically says living humans are just one kind of person in a much wider field of kinship, community, and other kinds of people. Those other kinds of people include the ancestors, the plants, the animals, deities, nature spirits, planets... you name...

Duration:00:50:51

[Ep. 52] Celebrating Juneteenth: The Practice of Self-Liberation | Lindsay Christine (Writer)

6/18/2021
In this episode, Luis embarks on a new conversation with an old friend, Lindsay Christine, centered around Juneteenth. Christine shares what it was like growing up as a Black woman in this country, from the way she was raised to the narrow messaging we are sold about African American stereotypes. "My skin tone and the weight that it carries in America really doesn’t have anything to do with me. It is to do with our society and the way it’s been structured and the way that it’s been set up,...

Duration:01:12:36

[Ep. 51] The Spiritual Experiences From Practicing Embodiment | Joshua Sylvae (Somatic Psychologist)

6/11/2021
"The mystical experience is, qualitatively, one of connection. Everyone who is able to expand enough will report this interesting experience of all is one." -Joshua Sylvae In this episode, I speak with Joshua Sylvae about the spiritual experiences that arise from somatic practices of embodiment. The body is this incredible vessel for experience. Sensations, desires, movements, memories, images - so many things happening in our bones. If we're not embodied, we miss all those incredible...

Duration:00:45:59

[Ep. 50] Connecting To Indigenous Irish Roots | Lorcan Bhrighde (founder of Indigenous Ireland)

6/4/2021
I found Lorcan after I was searching for resources regarding the indigenous, pagan ways of the Irish people. My mother is half Irish and, when I was 13, I found myself reconnecting to my Irish roots through Wicca. Speaking with Lorcan was so lovely. He exemplifies the respectful balance of reconnecting to his indigenous roots while respecting the delicate nature of the word indigenous. It's thought that only people of color are indigenous, but this is a stereotype that furthers racial...

Duration:00:53:49

[Ep. 49] The Spiritual & Somatic Practice of Decolonizing Ourselves | Dr. Amber McZeal (Psychotherapist & Teacher)

5/28/2021
I welcome back Dr. Amber McZeal to speak with me about decolonizing the psyche through a spiritual, somatic, and philosophical lens. I first had Amber on back in September. It was Episode 14: Decolonizing The Psyche & I recommend listening to it first if you haven't yet. It will help you with the language and understanding to fully receive this episode. For me, Amber is pure medicine. Her tone, her delivery, her essence, and her work. Just sitting virtually with her feels like something is...

Duration:01:12:01