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.... Show More

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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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September 16, 2020 38 min
What are trapped emotions? All our emotions affect our bodies in different ways and carry different energy within us. What happens when energy doesn't get to release the way it should? It does not just disappear or go away. It stays with us. It becomes trapped. How do trapped emotions show up in our bodies and our lives? How do we become aware of these trapped emotions? What can we do from (and with) that awareness? Guest David...
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September 9, 2020 11 min
Music and Musicians have been creating conversations around Mental and Emotional Health for decades. Creating conversations and communities of people who might not have met or spoken before. We can talk at people all we want, to educate and to bring awareness. We can plant those seeds, but we can never be sure people will choose to water them. What music and musicians do, is create a direct connection to a person. Perhaps we have ...
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September 9, 2020 8 min
Authenticity Vs. Fauxthenticity. A curious case indeed. Authentic (adj)- Not false or imitation Fauxthentic (adj)- An appearance of Authentic Authenticity comes up a lot, we are craving it more and more. We want it in our daily lives, in our relationships, in our interactions, in our images, in the brands we buy, in the brands we sell, in the people we admire. What has become more popular though, is images of authenticity. Which ma...
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“Wherever you go, there you are” – Jon Kabat-Zinn There are many ways we can find to run away. Run away from a situation, from a relationship, from a setting but essentially from ourselves. We can literally pick ourselves up and move, we can cut people out, we can find comfort in food, find our escape in drugs or alcohol. This is actually a common human trait, and go-to. Some choices may seem healthier than others, and there are c...
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The word “healing” when it comes to Mental Health, is a bit misleading to me. Especially if you look at it in terms of our physical health. We think of a wound being smoothed over. We think, two pieces being mended back together. I’ve started to look at healing differently now. I look at my growth and my healing as one thing. If I don’t keep opening up I’m not growing, and if I am not growing I am not healing. The more closed off ...
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September 9, 2020 21 min
  Art & film is an incredible way to connect  and kick start conversations surround Mental Health. It is a conversation for all ages. It is also  a conversation that the 2D Animated Short “What We’re Meant For” is aiming to inspire. I got to talk with the Producer and Director of this Animated Short that explores loss, family and mental health. Topics that explore emotional awareness, mental health and how it interacts with o...
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