Almost Awakened

Almost Awakened: 050: Life in Prison
Almost Awakened: 050: Life in Prison

Today I sit down with a friend who spent roughly a year in prison. What is prison life like? How does an Almost Awakened person perceive and negotiate their time and thoughts and behavior and what observations are made about the system and people around them? RESOURCES: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/gabrielsanchez/sara-bennett-looking-inside-women-prison-incarceration https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/07/12/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-prisoner

Almost Awakened: 049: Accepting Your Humanity
Almost Awakened: 049: Accepting Your Humanity

Today on the Almost Awakened Podcast we talk about how we judge ourselves and judge others and our behaviors as good or bad. But there is a challenge to step back and to see others in their humanity. To comprehend the trauma that is handed down to each one of us and to sit with what that says about us…

Almost Awakened: 048: Narratives, Story, Tangents, and Cost
Almost Awakened: 048: Narratives, Story, Tangents, and Cost

Today Bill talks about 4 observations about human behavior 1.) That we need to be protectors of others Stories rather than one who hijacks the narratives of others. 2.) That we need to work on being present and not getting lost in the mind chatter that can overwhelm us and prevent us from showing up for others. 3.) That we…

Almost Awakened: 043: Mirror, Validate, and Have Empathy
Almost Awakened: 043: Mirror, Validate, and Have Empathy

Today we dive into how to handle conflict differently. The conversation centers around what is needed to help people get out of lizard brain and to help another to feel heard creating the space needed to keep a conflict from devolving. The conversation helps us understand how fear affected us hundreds of thousands of years ago and how we evolved…

Almost Awakened: 042: George Floyd & Systemic Racism
Almost Awakened: 042: George Floyd & Systemic Racism

Mekael and Bill utilize this episode to discuss the this George Floyd moment. His death, the protests and riots, the systemic racism in this country, the police abuse, and most importantly the ethnocentricity and tribalism that all these abuses and inequalities are rooted in. RESOURCES: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really https://www.cpt.org/files/Undoing%20Racism%20-%20Understanding%20White%20Privilege%20-%20Kendall.pdf https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack https://au.reachout.com/articles/standing-up-to-racism https://www.opportunityagenda.org/explore/resources-publications/lessons-talking-about-race-racism-and-racial-justice https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/how-to-deal-with-racist-people http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/7-ways-to-stand-up-to-racism_1 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/707189471/confronting-racism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4 https://www.cbsnews.com/video/mlk-a-riot-is-the-language-of-the-unheard/ https://www.lowellmilkencenter.org/newsroom/videos/view/jane-elliott-brown-eyes-blue-eyes https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/10/loving-day-june-12-marks-supreme-court-interracial-marriage-decision/5326018002/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.9ab792c9-d158-dbcc-452d-232a8e14f6a0?autoplay=1&ref_=atv_cf_strg_wb

Almost Awakened: 038: Five Wives Vodka
Almost Awakened: 038: Five Wives Vodka

Mekael and Bill sit down with Steve Conlin from Five Wives Vodka to discuss the The History of their company and the challenges that their company has faced in getting their product out and how the alcohol industry generally is developing. As a side tangent we also touch on the history of the Barrison Sisters. We discuss the religious and…

Almost Awakened: 030: EMDR with LaDawn – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Almost Awakened: 030: EMDR with LaDawn – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Today Mekael and Bill sit down with EMDR Therapist LaDawn and discuss Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Discussing how this therapeutic approach deals with trauma and help patients to heal and repair. LaDawn Dewitt What is EMDR How Does EMDR Work? EMDR Taking a Closer Look

Almost Awakened: 029: Scott Jeffrey – A Conversation Around Shadow Work
Almost Awakened: 029: Scott Jeffrey – A Conversation Around Shadow Work

Scott Jeffrey is an author and is the founder of CEOsage, a transformational leadership agency and resource for self-actualizing individuals. Scott is a voice of wisdom in several fields and one of those is Shadow Work. You can read Scott’s guide on Shadow work HERE. In today’s conversation we hear Scott’s wisdom around why we hide and why we create…

Almost Awakened: 028: Jared Clavin – My First Year With Alcohol
Almost Awakened: 028: Jared Clavin – My First Year With Alcohol

Jared Clavin belonged to a religious system where alcohol was forbidden. Then Jared discovered his system didn’t have all the answers. As he begin questioning his faith he in turn had to question all the things his faith told him were good and were bad including alcohol. Once Jared stepped away from the faith of his Childhood he was now…

Almost Awakened: 027: Body Image and Body Shame
Almost Awakened: 027: Body Image and Body Shame

Mekael and Bill discuss Body Image today. How different Genders perceive their bodies, what things we humans feel shame over, and How we can be healthier in how we treat others and ourselves. RESOURCES: Body Image: Not Just About Your Body: Jessi Kneeland: TED Battling Our Bodies: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Body Images Uncomfortable in our skin: the body-image report…

Almost Awakened: 026: Sex, Shadows, Kinks & Fetishes
Almost Awakened: 026: Sex, Shadows, Kinks & Fetishes

Mekael and Bill discuss three things today. First they review some of their thoughts from last weeks conversation with River about ethical non-monogamy. Second Bill discusses some recent Shadow work including a sound bite from the hit TV show Criminal Minds. Lastly Bill and Mekael discuss Kinks and Fetishes including Bills discovery and sharing of how own kink. RESOURCES: MindHunter…

Almost Awakened: 025: Non-Monogamy and Non-Normative Sexuality with River
Almost Awakened: 025: Non-Monogamy and Non-Normative Sexuality with River

Mekael and Bill sit down with River who chooses along with her primary partner to live in the space of Non-Monogamy.  Today we talk about what that looks like in terms of how someone approaches this lifestyle.  How someone begins conversations about this part of themselves.  How someone initiates conversations around the pro and cons of monogamy and the pros…

Almost Awakened: 022: Ego and Rational Thinking with Spencer Wright
Almost Awakened: 022: Ego and Rational Thinking with Spencer Wright

Today Bill and Mekael sit down with Author Spencer Wright regarding his book “How to think”. The discussion revolves around how we humans can be more rational with the beliefs we hold. We discuss at length the feasibility of completely shedding Ego and yet the merits of shedding some portions of ego in order to have the critical thinking skills…

Almost Awakened: 021: Sex At Dawn and Babies Saved
Almost Awakened: 021: Sex At Dawn and Babies Saved

Today Mekael and Bill talk about what has gone on over the last month.  The passing of a loved one, what they and their lovers are reading, the saving of a baby and essentially just catching the listeners up after a month of chaos.  They also spend a few minutes to talk about entering the drinking culture as a 40…

Almost Awakened: 020: Mom and The Dying
Almost Awakened: 020: Mom and The Dying

Today Bill records an episode on his own giving Mekael a break. Bill had been in Ohio for two weeks sitting by the bedside of his mother who was in the final stage of her battle with Cancer. Today’s episode revolves around Bill’s confronting the death of his mom along with dealing with how we in this country handle the…