The Shek Check

The Shek Check

Self-awareness is a superpower we all need to strengthen, and we need some awareness from the outside to take it inward. To check ourselves. Host Erez Shek, with guests from around the world, is dropping that awareness surrounding our emotional health, personal growth, healing and well being. When we check ourselves, we wreck ourselves a little bit less. Let's get Shekked.

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July 15, 2021 12 min
Have we missed the point of understanding what drives us instead of where we are driving to? Goals Vs. Values We live in a very goal and milestone centric society. We teach it in our schools and homes. They show up in our relationships, our work, our friendships, our families. They drive competitions and fuel comparison culture. There is an importance to having goals and milestones- they are destination points. Even though they ke...
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What is toxic positivity? Toxic positivity is the belief that no matter how crappy something is, no matter what uncomfortable emotions we are feeling, no matter what the situation is- people need to find the “positive” side things and find a more positive mindset.  The phrase “toxic positivity” has been popping up a lot lately, a lot more than it had been. Yet, it has always existed- the thinking has always existed. We are just cal...
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Body image issues are more common than we think and more than we openly discuss. The fitness and diet culture remind us of this constantly. Rebecca Kennedy has lived through the toxic side of those issues and that culture and now she is changing it by example. Rebecca Kennedy is a ACSM Certified Personal Trainer & NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist based in downtown Orlando, Florida. After struggling with being overweight (b...
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April 1, 2021 13 min
The inner critic  is what we call that inner voice that judges, criticizes and shames us. The thoughts surrounding actions, interactions, reactions, our choices and our behaviors-  which can be harsh. We might hate on the inner critic for screwing with our self-esteem and our confidence, so in our self-awareness journey we might be convinced to get rid of the inner critic and those thoughts.  Is that ultimately helpful though?  Plo...
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What is the mother wound? Who does it affect? How does it show up?  The mother wound is not a specific diagnosis but it is something that affects us all. We are all born of a mother- and there are generations of beliefs and behaviors that get passed down from that. The roles mothers played in the past and in different cultures, how they survived to protect themselves and their children, how that affects the children they raise, an...
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March 11, 2021 39 min
Intuition is a form of knowledge that appears in consciousness without obvious choice or thought. It is not magical but rather a tool in which our impressions are produced from an unconscious place in our mind- formed from our past experiences and our cumulative unseen knowledge.  If you are like me, then there were a lot of messages you got growing up to NOT trust your intuition. Building that trust in ourselves, and understanding...
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February 11, 2021 6 min
We all have had (or have) those people in our lives that frustrate us because of how they communicate....or how we think they don't communicate. We will blame them for the miscommunication, we create conflict around the miscommunication or lack of communication, and we exhaust ourselves trying to find ways to create "healthier" forms of communication with this person or people. Does the struggle help? Does the conflict ...
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January 28, 2021 37 min
We all face different kinds of loss in our lives, and we all go through hard times. It is an undeniable reality. The question becomes, what kind of freedom do we have to express what we are feeling? How safe do we think we are in expressing how and what we are going through? Loss and grief are not things we were taught to have a healthy relationship with, even though we can and we should. In today’s episode, Erez is joined by Patri...
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January 14, 2021 8 min
If you are like me, there are some very distinct images that pop up when I think of peace, forgiveness and healing. Cinematic images that seem far away and so hard to reach.  What if we reframe those images? What if we reframe the concepts we have created around peace, forgiveness and healing?  After you check out this episode, check in with The Shek Check on social media:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShekCheck (https://twitter.co...
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December 26, 2020 7 min
2020 has been exhausting right? So, it might feel natural to look at 2021 as the answer to all our problems. Is that helpful though? Is it helpful for us to demonize the year 2020, and romanticize the year 2021?  Let’s do a quick mindset check.  Check in and check out The Shek Check on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theshekcheck (https://www.facebook.com/theshekcheck) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshek...
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December 17, 2020 30 min
Early childhood experiences shape how we feel in relationships and impact us through our whole life. How our needs are or aren’t met is what ultimately forms our attachment style later on in life. Psychotherapist Greg Bodin checked in with Erez to help us better understand attachment theory, attachment styles, and how our attachment styles influence our relationships. You can read more about Attachment Styles (and a lot of great ot...
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December 11, 2020 5 min
The death of a truth creates the ghost of a lie.  In this episode of The Shek Check, Erez serves a quick self-check on how powerful a lie can be and how even with time….it will always present itself in some way.  Check in and check out The Shek Check on the web: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshekcheck/ (https://www.instagram.com/theshekcheck/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheShekCheck/ (https://www.facebook.com/TheS...
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Do you struggle with seeing value in your anger or rage? Do you struggle with seeing value in your sadness? Do you struggle seeing the love that exists within those “negative” emotions?  Author, Psychotherapist and Meditation Teacher Ralph De La Rosa sits down to chat with Erez about the search for value in our current reality, our “negative” emotions, and what emotional resiliency can look like. Ralph De La Rosa LCSW is a psychot...
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November 19, 2020 7 min
In this episode, The Shek Check delves into how we notice hate in this world. Erez addresses the importance of looking beyond the hate that is bold and loud.  In this episode Erez references to his chat with Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez in this episode: https://theshekcheck.com/episodes/part-1-redefining-revolutionary-with-guest-dr-angelica-pinna-perez/ (https://theshekcheck.com/episodes/part-1-redefining-revolutionary-with-guest-dr-an...
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What can it look like when two men open up about their experiences with bullies and eating disorders?  In this episode of https://theshekcheck.com/ (The Shek Check), Erez sits down to talk with Sam Thomas- a writer and men’s mental health advocate based in the U.K. Sam opens up about his own experiences with bullies, https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2546 (bulimia), addiction and what recovery is looki...
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October 29, 2020 7 min
In this episode, Erez Shek expands on the importance of viewing passion (and the things that we are passionate about) as unique to the individual. How can we better understand passion as a reaction to things outside of ourselves AND also (at the same time) in relation to ourselves?   The Shek Check has just been named one of the https://blog.feedspot.com/self_identity_and_awareness_podcasts/ (Top 25 Self Identity & Awareness P...
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How can you create and foster creativity in your life to strengthen your resiliency?  In this episode of The Shek Check, Erez sits down with David Monticalvo to discuss discovering where creativity lives inside of each of us and how we can cultivate our creativity to build resiliency.  David is a speaker and author who has gone through his own personal journey to re-awaken his creativity. He is here to discuss how to cultivate crea...
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October 15, 2020 10 min
In this episode, Erez highlights LGBTQ History month and the complexities of coming out of the closet- as well as what the future can look like with changed behaviors in our society.  What can we do to create inclusivity in our behaviors, language, schools and homes to develop space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer folk?  Learn more about LGBTQ History Month by visiting: https://lgbthistorymonth.com/ (https://lgbt...
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Continuing my chat with social action activist, educator and psychotherapist Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez. https://theshekcheck.com/episodes/part-1-redefining-revolutionary-with-guest-dr-angelica-pinna-perez/ (In Part I) of our discussion we started taking a closer look at our understanding of racism and how it is built into our systems (internal and external). We continue that in part II, exploring topics of race in mental health care...
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Host Erez Shek sat down this week to speak with Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez, a trauma aware and culturally affirming psychotherapist, educator and social action activist. She is the founder of The Cervitude Coalition 501(c)(3), a non-profit increasing access to quality holistic mental health care. A fierce advocate for equity in holistic mental health care, she centers anti-colonial re-imaginings in order to amplify its healing impact...
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