Holistic Life Navigation

Holistic Life Navigation

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. Editing by Will Manning. Intro & outro song: "Witch Love" by Luis Mojica)

Episodes

September 25, 2022 20 min

In this episode, Luis explores why we often procrastinate and how procrastination is a form of freeze response.

We procrastinate, or go into freeze response, when our bodies experience overwhelm. However, rather than relating to that overwhelm, we often to to a place of judgement and shame: "Why am I so lazy?" "Why can't I get my life together?" "Why am I so irresponsible?" Luis also explores the stigma a...

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In this episode, we welcome back James-Olivia!

This episode is a bit of an ADHD masterpiece where James-Olivia and Luis explore a plethora of topics, including:

  •  Our attachment to stories about others
  • The freedom to both follow and break the rules and shift with time
  • Decolonizing Marriage & Individuating
  • How to be free around those who don't recognize their own freedom
  • Belonging & Spirituality
  • Why it can be so liberating to a...
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    In this episode, Luis explores why we often feel compelled to justify or rationalize our boundaries with others by creating a negative story about them rather than just accepting our inner knowing or our body's response as enough.

    This negative stories we create and repeat about others serves as the proof we need for our boundaries, but does it truly serve us? Does the story create peace or pain? Does the story provide safety or...

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    In this episode, Luis is joined by Dr. Aimie Aigian, MD MS MPH. She is the leading medical expert on how life experiences get stored in the body and restoring the body to its best state of health through her signature model and methodology, The Biology of Trauma.

    Dr. Aimie shares with us how she came to observe and personally experience that the mind and the body are all one, inter-related system. She discusses how traits at the cel...

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    In this episode, Luis explores how and why we often force ourselves to be with or doings for other people simply because we love them.

    We often over-couple love with action, i.e. if we love someone, we should do things for them and if we don't do those things, our love is in question. With this overcoupling, love can move us to bypass our own boundaries which ultimately result in resentment towards the person we love. But what w...

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    In this episode, we learn more abut Marika Malaea, the Operations Manager of Holistic Life Navigation.

    Marika generously shares with us pieces of her own healing journey, including being adopted by a family of a different culture, the pressures and desire to conform to a Eurocentric standard of beauty, and how once she was able to be embodied, it actually did not feel good.

    She also shares with us how somatics have changed her relati...

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    In this episode, Luis explores how being an empath can be a trauma response.

    Very rarely do we think about being a empath through the lens of joy. Instead, empaths often describe how they are overwhelmed by the pain, hurt, and suffering of others.

    Luis shares how recognizing and relating to a trauma response in conjunction with leveraging the practice of self-attunement can allow empaths to pendulate between the pain and joy they m...

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    In this episode, we welcome back Ixchel Lunar!

    Ixchel and Luis discuss the role of time in their lives including how time is hyper local, what it means to attune to the rhythms and the cycles of the land, why we often judge ourselves and others for honoring the pace of their body, what they've learned from observing turtles and sloths, and how we allow time to be stolen from us.

    They also revisit the idea of decolonization: what...

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    In this episode, we are joined by Eileen Knott. Eileen offers individual healing sessions for a variety of health concerns such as pain-both physical and emotional,  nightmares, obsessive thoughts, grieving, feeling stuck, and addictions. Eileen was also a student of the Holistic Life Navigation course last year.

    Eileen and Luis explore why healing in an ongoing, iterative process. Both share how and why "bad habits" persist...

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    Finally, she's back!! In this episode, Luis is joined by herbalist and astrologer Aemen Bell to discuss the many, many benefits of oatstraw.

    Aemen and Luis discuss how oatstraw is neither a depressant or a stimulant but rather a nourishing herb that helps to bring us into our true nature. They also discuss the wisdom they've gleaned from oatstraw, what it means to have energy from a source of nourishment vs a source of stimu...

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    In this episode, Luis explores how attuning to the now, i.e. remaining in our safe center even when ruptures may be happening around us, provides us the resourcing to deal with threat as it comes.

    Threat is very really and exists all around us. But the question we have to ask ourselves is, is my body responding to remembered threat, anticipated threat, or threat that is actually in front of us right now?

    Luis also discusses the criti...

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    In this episode, we are joined by Maureen Gallagher, PhD. Maureen is a licensed psychologist, Somatic Experiencing faculty member, and Inner Relationship Focusing trainer. She is also a teacher of Luis.

    Maureen and Luis explore what it means for us to relate to our body's and sensations vs identifying with them. They discuss how transitioning to a place of witness or observer of their bodies supported them in becoming a compassi...

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    In this episode, Luis explores how we can begin to move through numbness.

    We can often describe numbness as not feeling anything at all but in reality, numbness is a sensation -- it is the sensation of the lack of sensation.

    Numbness also carries with it a negative stigma; something that is wrong with us. However, numbness is our body's healthy response to overwhelm. It is our body's boundary to sensations that are too much ...

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    This Holistic Life Navigation's 100th episode! To mark this occasion, we pull back the curtains and we meet the entire Holistic Life Navigation team.

    Luis, Marika, and Camille share what brought them to trauma healing work, their perception of trauma healing as a business, and how their relationship with money has evolved over time.

    We also get to know a bit more about their past lives -- Luis was a real estate agent and Camill...

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    In this episode, Luis explores how we can find safety in nature when human relationships don't feel safe.

    A byproduct of colonization is our tendency to view nature a resource we should dominate vs a relative we can relate to. Traumatized nervous systems can often find it difficult to r co-regulate with human beings -- but what about non-human beings? What other beings around might we regularly ignore that could offer us an oppo...

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    Jaguar Mary X is an artist who says "I believe that it is my role as an artist to activate and be part of a remembering of the transforming power of communal space. I agree with Nina’s Simone’s dictum that the mission of the artist is to 'respond to the times in which I find myself.'"

    In this episode we explore their journey of becoming ungovernable, how they are challenging themselves, and the institutions they navi...

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    In this episode, Luis explores how manifesting can keep us from building the capacity to be with the present.

    When focusing on what may come in the future, we are focusing on what we want rather than what we have. Manifesting isn't bad. But how can we also find ways to attune to the calm, joy, or beauty that is happening around us?

    For more information about Luis's work, please visit: www.holisticlifenavigation.com

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    This episode is so deliciously wonderful. We had the honor to sit down and speak with A'Lelia Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter of Madam CJ Walker.

    This episode is all about resiliency and intergenerational wisdom. A'Lelia generously shares what she learned about her lineage as she was writing her great-great-grandmother's biography.

    We explore how a woman who was the very first person in her family born outside of ...

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    Out of all the things we explore on this podcast, who would've thought beans would be the most controversial? So we had to invite Karen Hurd, the Queen of Beans, back to the show to help sift through some of these bean myths. 

    In this episode, we cover the common concerns and fears people have about beans including:

  • Why do beans give me gas?
  • Don't beans have a lot of antinutrients?
  • Don't phytates and lectins stunt growth?
  • Sh...
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    "You're not overreacting, you're overcoupled."

    In this episode, Luis explores how we can begin the work of recognizing when our bodies are being reminded of a past traumatic experience and how we can uncouple that from situations where there is no threat present.

    For more information about Luis's work, please visit: www.holisticlifenavigation.com

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