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Nick Onken is a fashion and lifestyle photographer for today’s top brands, performers, and game changers. On ONKEN radio (Formerly NION radio) Nick explores the body, mind and soul of the creative entrepreneur, bringing you inspiring and influential guests to help take your creativity, business, and life to the next level.

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Nick Onken is a fashion and lifestyle photographer for today’s top brands, performers, and game changers. On ONKEN radio (Formerly NION radio) Nick explores the body, mind and soul of the creative entrepreneur, bringing you inspiring and influential guests to help take your creativity, business, and life to the next level.

    201: Deconstructing & Implementing Self-Care

    201: Deconstructing & Implementing Self-Care

    “Self-care is all about coming back to a place of wholeness.”- Nick Onken



    I had a really interesting conversation this week all about self-care. What does self-care mean? Why is it so important? In this week's episode of ONKEN radio, I want to share the path that I’ve taken along my own spiritual journey. I am constantly reminded that it is so important to do things for yourself. It makes your impact on the world more sustainable and you’ll be able to bring a higher level of energy to your endeavors each day.

    Listen in as I share what I’ve been through and how self-care has become such a huge part of my life over the past few years. I also share some of my favorite self-care tips, tricks, and products.

    You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!





    “Self-care is all about coming back to a place of wholeness.”- Nick Onken



    Some things we learn in this podcast:



    How to overcome a difficult time [5:00]

    Ways to improve your quality of life [8:45]

    What does self-care look like [9:00]

    What makes people successful [11:40]

    How to sleep better [13:30]

    What is a healthy sleep routine [16:00]

    What are the benefits of magnesium salt baths [16:30]

    What does an Epsom salt bath do [17:00]

    Who is Vedic meditation meant for [17:25]

    What does a healthy morning routine look like [18:00]

    What are the benefits of HIT [19:00]

    Is matcha tea good for you [21:30]



    Personal Development Deconstruction and Spiritual Practice



    Breathwork

    Plant medicine

    Therapy

    Curated community

    Energy healing



    Sleep Optimization



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    Regular bedtime

    Not drinking, or drinking early

    Magnesium salt bath or supplements

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    Morning Routine



    Mantra based meditation: Stress dump

    Gratitude

    Magical intentions

    20 minutes of HIT workout: higher metabolism boost in the morning. More concentrated workout. 5 minutes of yoga. VR boxing.



    Supplements 



    Morning elixir: Organifi Greens: reds, pure mixed with mango chili LMNT. Use the code ONKEN for 15% off

    Liposomal Vitamin C

    Real mushrooms, Chaga, Reishi, Lion's mane

    Get your copy of Jenny Sansouci's book The Rebel's Apothecary: A Practical Guide to the Healing Magic of Cannabis, CBD, and Mushrooms

    Check out Vitamin D - Onnit and Shawn Stevenson's podcast episode: Vitamin D Masterclass: The Sex, Cancer, & Covid Connection

    Matcha: high in antioxidants. No coffee



    Water



    Reverse osmosis water filter - Use the code ONKEN299 for $150 off

    Add trace elements and minerals

    Quinton supplements

    Borax



    Intermittent Fasting and Protein Smoothie Bowl



    Finishing dinner by 7 pm then fasting solids till 11 am the next day

    Onken's protein smoothie bowl

    GLO vegan protein

    Superfeast

    200: Creating Together in Partnership with Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton

    200: Creating Together in Partnership with Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton

    “The relationship is a third body.” - Connor Beaton



    Hey, guys! Welcome back to ONKEN RADIO (previously NION Radio). In this podcast, we explore the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur. It's my goal to help you take your creativity, business, and life to the next level. I'm so glad you're joining me on this journey



    This week we're talking about couples — with a couple! Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton have been guests on podcast episodes 129 and 128, respectively, but that was well before they got engaged! Now they are an official pair, and they work together and separately as therapists. 



    One of the most important topics that we all are interested in is relationships. That's what both of them focus on together. They're creating, and they have courses together and separately. Though it might be a mystery to some individuals how intimate and professional relationships can co-exist, the thing is, they can — with the right tools and knowledge, of course!



    So, today, read on as we talk about co-creating as a couple, what healthy co-working relationships are, and how couples can navigate conflicts. 



    If you're ready to know what it takes to be successful while in a relationship with your business partner, then this is definitely for you. Without further ado, let's get started!

    Who are Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton?

    Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton are therapists— and newlyweds!



    Vienna has been a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York City for over five years. She's worked with countless individuals, couples, and families to help them strengthen themselves and their relationships. 



    This is what led her to create Mindful Marriage & Family Therapy, where Vienna focuses on helping her clients enhance their emotional well-being to improve their interpersonal relationships. She also works with them to gain insight into the root of their emotional triggers. She and her team also provide necessary tools for their clients to feel more in control of their lives.



    Meanwhile, Connor is also a fantastic therapist who specializes in doing men's shadow work. He helps men work with the unknown parts of themselves — the parts that sabotage and get in the way when they're trying to build healthy relationships or businesses.



    He is also a man of many talents, having an excellent knowledge of business and personal development. He can work with anyone from any background or culture with ease due to his extensive experience working globally. Connor doesn't just do online courses, retreats, and one-on-one consultation sessions: he also hosts podcasts. His podcast, Mantalks, offers modern guys advice on how they can evolve into their authentic selves while being accountable for things that matter most.



    In this episode today, this duo is sharing their years of experience and knowledge in building successful relationships while co-working with romantic partners. You’ll take away so much! Let’s dive in. 

    Co-Creating as a Couple

    There is a specific energy that happens when two people come together in partnership: and it's not just the romantic kind. For example, when two people with different skills come together to create something, the results are often overwhelmingly positive and may even be life-altering. This energy drives couples or business partners alike to keep creating, as they do their best work when they partner with another individual. This is what Connor saw at the beginning of his relationship with Vienna.

    "I definitely saw the merit, growth, and expansion for each of us individually within the possibility of working together. And I also saw the impact that we, as a couple, could have in our work that could deepen our impact with people." - Connor Beaton

    But before this can happen, there are struggles that any couple must face.

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    199: 3 Tips on Creating Under Pressure

    199: 3 Tips on Creating Under Pressure

    “We are the midwives of creativity.” - Nick Onken



    Hey, guys! Welcome back to ONKEN RADIO (previously NION Radio). In this podcast, we explore the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur. It’s my goal to help you take your creativity, business, and life to the next level. I’m so glad you’re joining me on this journey!



    There are many times that I'm on a schedule and my podcast producers need the content by a specific day to get it done and published for the following week, so finding time to do my own show or come up with ideas is something I often have trouble with. There are days when an idea comes into mind like an inspiration, or creativity just starts flowing from who knows where, and all seems possible! However, there are days that I feel like it's just not in me to create something.



    So, when you’re being asked to create with a deadline like I am with this podcast, it can be very challenging to do your best work. But with a little guidance, a little practice, and a little help from your friends, it is totally possible to find your inspiration — even under pressure.



    In this episode, we are going to talk about some practical tips to help you create under pressure.  I will also share why I started this podcast, how my childhood affects my creativity today, and what process of identity alchemy I am undergoing right now.



    If you want to master my recipe for creating under pressure so you can do the same, then let’s jump in!

    Tip#1: Phone a Friend For Perspectives

    Do you ever find yourself lost and confused? Do you sometimes feel like you’re always hitting creative blocks? One way to get around this is by talking with someone who has experienced the same thing you're going through. What better person could that be than a friend, right?



    I remember talking to my friend Jeff Holt when I had a creative block. He reminded me that everything is some type of medicine, good or bad and that we can learn and create something from every situation, including the exact moment or predicament that we're in.



    Talking to him, I was also reminded that this podcast is a labor of love. It is a creative passion of mine, especially interviewing people. But more importantly, speaking into a microphone has been a way to push me out of my comfort zone. I had a very conservative Christian upbringing where speaking and expressing your own truth, or any beliefs that were counter to Christian beliefs, were not accepted.



    This brought me to another realization: my podcast is in some ways a process that helps me deconstruct. I'm developing a process called identity alchemy, which involves the deconstruction of belief systems and traumas from childhood, as well as the deconstruction of our surroundings, environment, and anything else that impacts how we operate in life.



    That’s because I believe we don’t have to allow what’s been constructed for us (such as family experiences, relationships, and philosophies that no longer work for us) to determine our course in life or who we are. We can change that. Life is a journey of self-discovery, and we get to choose who we will be in the world. 



    These are things I’m reminded of when I call and connect with friends like Jeff, and I think you’d benefit from great conversations with your own friends, too. When we connect with people who know us and who we admire, we can get new perspectives and new ideas. We might even learn brand new things from a friend who has more experience with whatever it is we’re trying to learn or practice! They might also have some advice that could help us look at ourselves and our situation in a different way.



    Because just like what Jeff said, the things that happen in our life — even creative blocks —can be used as fuel to create something beautiful. We should ask ourselves: What am I learning through this p...

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    198: Jim Poole – Hacking Your Way to Deep Stress Relief and Body Recovery

    198: Jim Poole – Hacking Your Way to Deep Stress Relief and Body Recovery

    “Everything is about frequency. NuCalm is about managing frequencies.”

    - Jim Poole



    Hey, guys, welcome back to ONKEN RADIO (previously NION Radio). In this podcast, we explore the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur. It's my goal to help you take your creativity, business, and life to the next level. I'm so glad you're joining me on this journey!



    Last time, I recapped my trip to Arkana, where I experienced some of the most potent and profound plant medicines on the planet.I got this very vivid picture of how we get to fine-tune and take care of these human bodies of ours. I realized the importance of paying attention to what we're putting into our bodies so that we can achieve our higher selves. 



    Today's episode is another biohack that we can use to upgrade our system, mind, and body. It's a neuroscience technology aimed at managing the human brain to have our extraordinary lives in color. To help us go in-depth with this new technology, I have the CEO of NuCalm on the show — Jim Poole!



    In this episode, Jim and I talk about what NuCalm does. We dive deep into its neuroscience and how it can help you deal with stress, fear, recovery, and so much more.



    So if you're ready to hack your way into deep stress relief and body recovery, let's dive in!

    Who Is Jim Poole?

    Before he met the inventor of NuCalm, Jim had been a part of plenty of large companies.



    He also worked as a managing partner for Focused Evolution. Focused Evolution is a management-strategy consulting firm specializing in developing and implementing growth strategies for companies at every stage of the business life cycle. The firm has a global clientele and has served businesses throughout the medical device, life sciences, dental, IT, and financial industries.



    In 2009, he became the president of Solace Lifesciences, a neuroscience company focused on personalized evidence-based wellness and performance. After learning about NuCalm's neuroscience technology's potential power to manage the human brain, Jim became a convert. 



    NuCalm is now the company's flagship product and the world's first and only patented technology clinically proven to lower stress and improve sleep quality without drugs. It naturally and safely creates deep relaxation within minutes with no side effects. Today, NuCalm is used by 49 professional sports teams, adopted by the U.S. military, and is newly available for personal use on a subscription-based plan. 



    The insights that Jim gained over the years of dedication and work in NuCalm led him to discover and gain the wisdom he's going to share with us.

    Biohacking: The Science Behind NuCalm

    As humans, we all have the so-called “reptilian brain.” This reptilian brain pushes us to secure our survival, which sadly sabotages in various ways. Jim explained how post-traumatic disorder, one sign of our reptilian brain working, is treated in today's world.

    "Dr. G. Blake Holloway, the creator of NuCalm, was wholly unimpressed with how PTSD was treated with conventional therapy and narcotic-based pharmaceuticals and cognitive behavioral therapy to the brain. He believes that this isn't a place where we can calm down. So if you're in a constant state of hypervigilance and fight or flight, you're not even at a baseline opportunity to begin the healing process."

    - Jim Poole



    The silver lining, though, is we have the resources and expertise to deal with it today. Jim shared how NuCalm, a product of wellness tech, can make this possible.

    "Our nervous system has two parts: the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. The central nervous system governs our security. It's responsible for keeping us alive. Meanwhile, the autonomic nervous system governs human fear, stress, anxiety, and depression. It's the reptilian part of our brain,

    • 1 hr 33 min
    197: Healing & Traversing the Fabric of the Matrix with Ayahuasca

    197: Healing & Traversing the Fabric of the Matrix with Ayahuasca

    “I found myself at the outer reaches of the universe.”



    Hey, guys, welcome back to ONKEN RADIO (previously NION Radio). In this podcast, we explore the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur. It's my goal to help you take your creativity, business, and life to the next level. I'm so glad you're joining me on this journey!



    I just had a huge week, and I'm thrilled to tell you all about it! If you've been listening along, you'll already know that I've been doing plant medicine for a couple of years now, but this past week was something completely new. 



    I visited the Arkana Spiritual Center in Peru, where I was welcome as a part of the family to experience some of the most potent and profound plant medicines on the planet. Over a week, I was able to enjoy the effects of peyote, DMT, and ayahuasca under the watchful care of the fantastic team at Arkana. My own journey of consciousness is deeply linked to my creativity, and the more I learn, the more I want to share with you.



    Read on as I talk in more detail about my recent excursion to the Arkana Spiritual Center, an Ayahuasca Retreat Center in Peru. I share how a sweat lodge works and why people join peyote ceremonies. I'll also share my insights on how ayahuasca and other plant medicines can heal you and make your life better.  



    If you're excited to know more, let's get started!

    Death and Healing

    Have you ever seen or used a sweat lodge? During the first night at Arkana, I tried using a sweat lodge. For those who don't know, a sweat lodge is a dome with one little door. The one that I used was made up of whole cement. It was super hot, they had a giant fire going outside, and they were heating up these rocks, which I think were similar to lava rocks.



    Each of us piled into the lodge, and we sat around in a circle around the outsides. Some people started bringing in the rocks and putting them in the fire pit and the rock pit in the center. Once they'd get enough, they'd dump buckets of water into them, and the whole lodge just started to heat up with steam. 



    As we sweat, I noticed that they moved through a few different processes, kind of like a three or four-step ceremony throughout the whole thing. They started with water and air, water and earth, and then moved into fire and air. 



    And all this time, the one thing in my mind was my grandmother passing. Before leaving, I literally gave my goodbye to her while she was on her deathbed. 



    Amidst the ember and perspiration on my skin, I had this strange experience where I saw her wanting to go to eternal bliss but not wanting to leave home, too. So I reached out to her and guided her home. Once we arrived on earth, I led her to a fire. I put my hand on her lying body on the hospital bed in an almost astral projected consciousness. Then I lifted her up to the ether.  



    I think that this has been my attitude towards death for a while now — I believe that we can communicate with our ancestors. Their spirit is everywhere, and all we need is to invite them in. Death isn't the end, and we can always find ways to transcend death and extend our relationship with them. Having this kind of approach to death can allow us to heal better and more fully

    What a Peyote Ceremony Taught Me

    Another transcending experience I had was participating in a peyote ceremony. On the first night, we partook in some cactus and tea. Afterward, I laid back down and just had this crazy psychedelic journey of visuals. It was a little intense, but the second day was a much lighter experience. 



    Throughout these moments, I was reminded of the importance of one thing — being present.



    The first night I partook in the peyote ceremony, I saw cactus textures, elves, and all kinds of crazy things. At a certain point,

    • 43 min
    196: Alyson Stoner – Transcending Yourself Through the Art of Movement

    196: Alyson Stoner – Transcending Yourself Through the Art of Movement

    “There is poetry in how you treat yourself.”

    - Alyson Stoner



    Hey, guys, welcome back to ONKEN RADIO (previously NION Radio), the podcast where we explore the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur. It’s my goal to help you take your creativity, business, and life to the next level. I’m so glad you’re joining me on this journey!



    Today, I’ve got an extra special guest for you — Alyson Stoner. She has been in Hollywood acting and dancing since she was six years old! More recently, she became the founder of Movement Genius, where she teaches people how to tap in and heal themselves through movement. 



    In this interview, we talk about her story and how you can utilize movement to transcend trauma and fully express yourself creatively.



    That's what we're all about here. Alyson is a go-getter, a brilliant individual. She's uber-creative, and we had a great conversation. She’s a big advocate for mental health and helping others activate their mental health. Let me give you a little preview here:

    “You do have to make [your mental health] a priority, [and] the way I see it is I remember that the fruit of this labor and the fruit of this process — [it] is more beauty and love that I can spread.”

    - Alyson Stoner

    Today, Alyson and I are unpacking that creative process and uncovering how it can benefit entrepreneurs like you — artists working to build creative careers. I know Alyson's advice will be as beneficial for you as it has been for me, so let's dive in.

    Who Is Alyson Stoner?     

    Alyson has been casually performing since the age of three — she thought it would just be a recreational hobby in Toledo, Ohio, until she attended a New York convention when she was seven. 



    Unexpectedly, she won a couple of different awards where agents and managers suggested auditioning out in LA. She was fortunate to land a job with her first audition, and the momentum led to her working in the Hollywood entertainment world for a good 20 years now. 



    From starring with Missy Elliot in her hit music video “Work it,” she’s worked with Ludacris, Outkast, and even toured with the Jonas Brothers. Most recently, she did a guest appearance on stage with Missy at the 2019 VMA’s – a 17 year later tribute!



    Alyson endured grueling hours with adult-level responsibility placed on her young shoulders — all while trying to manage school and growing into adulthood. Her career progressed into film and television, and she forged a relationship with the Disney Channel that’s maintained till this day!



    While Alyson was so grateful for her journey through the entertainment industry, she started to feel like she was meant for more. Tired of hiding her true self, she began to dabble and create content with everything switching to digital. She wasn't interested in going viral or mainstream topics — reaching an audience curious about the same things and seeking deeper meaning became her focus.



    Now, Alyson produces, writes, directs, and edits every piece of content she puts out into the world! . You should check out her work here.



    Alyson is on a mission to make personal transformation accessible, affordable, and relevant, and I was honored to have her on the show to share her story and mission! 

    The Beginning of Alyson’s Introspection

    Something I admire about Alyson is her inner journey work and how she’s deeply introspective. I’m always curious to find out how someone gets started on that journey.

    “I wish I could say it was a fairy tale or a flowery experience, but I think it was because I had a very chaotic household and work life, and I was still not even double digits in age. I met a friend in the neighborhood whose family had a certain glue that held them together, and there seemed to be a loving presence that was very different,

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