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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. 80] Navigating Sexual Trauma w/ Luis Mojica

1/26/2022
Sexual trauma is not dependent on abuse. It simply means that an event was either threatening, or overwhelming, and it involved your sexual organs, sexuality, or your body/mind in a sexual context. In this episode I discuss how experiences like medical trauma & sexual fawning can create sexual trauma - even when sexual assault and abuse are not present. To join my webinar on Feb 1st about sexual trauma, please visit: https://www.holisticlifenavigation.com/. If you're seeing this after...

Duration:00:26:36

[Ep. 79] The Amazing Gift From Surviving Near Death Many Times | Robin Landsong (Trauma Healer & Teacher)

1/23/2022
Today I'm joined by an incredible woman named Robin Landsong. Her story is one of literal hell and miraculous survival. By age 8 she had already experienced such tremendous abuse and trauma. She found herself being the victim of an abduction and survived several near death experiences in Africa. She was hiding in a tree, after escaping a harrowing situation, when a woman in the village began singing to her. She didn't understand the language, but she felt a sense of safety and vitality...

Duration:00:52:36

[Ep. 78] Trauma Talk w/ Karine Bell

1/16/2022
Today I'm joined by my friend Karine Bell. We tend to have these long, rolling conversations when we chat and this time, we chose to record it. Karine is a trauma therapist and facilitator of Tending the Roots, an incredible virtual collective that holds space for working with somatic abolitionism, cultural trauma healing, and liberating ourselves from cycles of trauma.

Duration:01:04:06

[Ep. 77] Navigating How Music Began To Heal My Trauma | Luis Mojica

1/12/2022
In this episode I speak about the spontaneous healing that I began to experience from playing music as a teenager. Looking back, I can see how I was co-regulating and creating safety within myself. I describe it in this episode & offer a song of mine for your own nervous system to experience and relate to. To sign up for my next 6-week course, please visit: http://www.holisticlifenavigation.com/

Duration:00:25:33

[Ep. 76] Navigating Capacity & Desire: How To "Stop Self-Sabotaging" w/ Luis Mojica

1/9/2022
Sometimes we don't have the physical capacity to handle the things we desire. Relationships, money, jobs, even feeling joy - these seemingly beautiful experiences can overwhelm our nervous systems and bodies depending on our trauma histories & present-moment capacity. This episode explores the difference between capacity and desire through 2 exercises that show you how your body responds to the things you think you want as well as how to tune into what your actual capacity is right...

Duration:00:21:34

[Ep. 75] Navigating How We Leave Our Bodies When We Grasp At The Mind | Luis Mojica

1/5/2022
In this episode, I navigate how we lose our bodies when we grasp at the mind. I'm inspired by my friend & colleague James-Olivia Chu Hillman who wrote about this concept through their lens and experience. I share this here, as well as my own experience with this phenomenon. To sign up for my next course, please visit: http://www.holisticlifenavigation.com/

Duration:00:14:32

[Ep. 74] The Charrette Process: Finding Commonality With Those Who Oppose You | Bill Riddick (Therapist & Author)

1/2/2022
Bill Riddick is a therapist & facilitator of the Charrette Process. In 1971, he played a pivotal role in desegregating the school district in Durham, NC. During this particular charrette, he paired together a black civil rights activist with a white KKK leader. The result was profound. What he teaches me in this episode is that conflict heals through understanding & respect. Sharing information, curiosity, expressing feelings, and learning about those who oppose you can actually transform...

Duration:01:14:16

[Ep. 73] Navigating The Roots Of Comfort Food | Luis Mojica

12/29/2021
In this episode, I navigate the roots of comfort food. What drives our body's desire to eat heavy, emotionally satisfying foods? I was inspired to talk about this after I heard Rupaul & Michell Visage talking on What's The Tee about why kale doesn't comfort them like a fried sandwich does. There's a biology behind our food habits and it relates to trauma. How adrenalized we are (or are not) affects which foods we move toward. When we understand the roots to these cravings, we get in touch...

Duration:00:18:15

[Ep. 72] Non-Violent Communication Through The Somatic Lens | Meenadchi (Holistic Practitioner)

12/26/2021
Meenadchi joins me today to discuss Non-Violent Communication. It's an incredible method designed by Marshall Rothenburg & it helps us identify our needs, emotions, and requests so we can be clear in our relationships. I, personally, hit a wall with NVC because I didn't find it to be trauma-informed enough for me. This is where Meenadchi comes in. They teach and lead NVC workshops through the lens of somatic embodiment, trauma awareness, and decolonial culture. In addition, they're the...

Duration:00:46:04

[Ep. 71] Navigating The Difference Between Duty & Desire | Luis Mojica

12/22/2021
In this episode I navigate the states of duty & desire. I talk about noticing which traditions and habits we've inherited and upheld from a sense of duty & which we've inherited and upheld from a sense of desire. I also include a short exercise around feeling the now & noticing the difference between how now feels compared to the duty we're dreading. To sign up for my next 6-week course, please visit http://www.holisticlifenavigation.com/.

Duration:00:18:00

[Ep. 70] The Biology Of Trauma & How Somatic Experiencing Helps | Dr. Abi Blakeslee

12/19/2021
Understanding that trauma is a biology, not a mindset, is what makes somatic therapy so unique and beautiful. Traditional talk therapies tend to focus on the events and identifying how we think and feel about them, but they don't ask us where we feel the events. Trauma is not the event itself, it's the response to the event. I welcome Dr. Abi Blakeslee to my podcast to share her wisdom and insight around the biology of trauma and how that physical state of threat transforms into vitality...

Duration:00:57:07

[Ep. 69] Navigating Depression | Luis Mojica

12/12/2021
In this episode, I discuss the somatic experience of depression. Something we see as a fixed state may just be a part of us asking for a break, needing rest, and wanting to recover from overwhelm. I discuss the practice of seeing sensations as beings inside of us. Getting to know them, asking them questions, and letting them show you how they want to be related to. This means there's nothing wrong with us and we're not flawed - we're just responding to things in a healthy way. Notice what...

Duration:00:16:36

[Ep. 68] Healing Cultural Trauma With Ice-Cream | Tapiwa Guzha (Microbiologist & Ice-Cream Maker)

12/5/2021
This episode explores the many nuances and layers around cultural trauma. The reverberations of it. How colonialism works itself into our language, then our values, and then our realities. This is a powerful discussion about a man who reflected on his own internalized racism and colonialism. He talks about how teenagers in Zimbabwe rebel against their own culture, in hopes to be more "Black American" and "civilized". Tapi opened Tapi Tapi Ice Cream in Cape Town, South Africa to teach...

Duration:00:50:24

[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