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Podcast by Michael Ostrolenk

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    • Health & Fitness
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Podcast by Michael Ostrolenk

    The Twenty Year War with Simmons, Blakeley, and Amenta

    The Twenty Year War with Simmons, Blakeley, and Amenta

    Ostrolenk speaks to professional photographer Beau Simmons and Army Rangers Dan Blakeley and Tom Amenta about their new book “The Twenty-Year War: A Photo Journal Dedicated to Veterans of the Global War on Terror and Their Stories.”

    In the book, American combat veterans open up about their military service, the hard realities of combat, their transitions post-military, and what it’s like to find purpose and create new lives.

    In the interview they discuss what it was like to create the book which included visiting 42 states in 61 days, traveling 16,000 miles. The book includes 71 unique veteran voices. The conversation is wide ranging and includes Dan discussing three phases of leaving military service which include Phase one: Out of the Fight; Phase two: No Uniform, Now What?; and Phase three: Self-Reflection. He acknowledges, though, that this is not necessarily everyone’s path. Beau speaks of his learning to move beyond the self and serving something bigger than oneself as a result of the road trips to visit the 71 vets. Tom discusses his inner work to help heal from combat.

    The interview also includes a discussion on taboo topics, the need for tribe, and invisible wounds. They also discuss specific interviews and what they meant to each of the three creators. They end the conversation with the lessons they want the listening audience and hopeful book buyers to take away from the book.

    To purchase the book visit https://twentyyearwar.com/

    • 59 min
    Embrace the Suck with Brent Gleeson, #EmergentHuman

    Embrace the Suck with Brent Gleeson, #EmergentHuman

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human” where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living.

    Ostrolenk speaks with returning guest Brent Gleeson, a Navy SEAL combat veteran with combat tours to Iraq and Africa. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an award-winning entrepreneur, bestselling author, and acclaimed speaker and consultant on topics ranging from leadership and building high-performance teams to culture and organizational transformation.

    Gleeson has recently published a new book - "Embrace the Suck: The Navy SEAL Way to an Extraordinary Life”, and he begins by detailing two of his own difficult experiences which taught him to embrace the suck. The psychology of mental fortitude and resilience, Gleeson details, are key to a growth mindset. He details how acknowledging obstacles and overcoming adversity can foster successful relationships, and the path towards this entails doing something difficult every day and engaging in 360 reviews. In Gleeson’s experience, the best leaders learn to crave feedback, and they understand the value of making decisions based on a set of values.

    To learn more about Brent Gleeson and his work, read his newest book is titled “ Embrace the Suck: The Navy SEAL Way to an Extraordinary Life”, and visit his websites https://takingpointleadership.com/ and http://www.brentgleesonspeaker.com/.

    In other short updates:

    Shout out to my colleagues Dan Cerrillo and Chriss Smith at Spartan 7; which is Leading the way in executive protection, tactical and mental readiness training, and continued rehabilitation support for veterans. https://www.spartan7inc.com/.

    Today’s show is brought to you by Cosper Scafidi, an amazing body worker in the Northern Virginia area who has integrated different somatic practices into his work. To learn more about his work, visit his website: www.cosperscafidi.com/. Our guest today is Brent Gleeson

    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writers Stuart Davis and his song “Good Wyrd”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZhRgUdHurA&list=PLATF5eWSVEAN4_DXjORbLYaiy34H98HIv&index=2

    • 44 min
    Graceful Leadership with Alexsys Thompson, #EmergentHuman

    Graceful Leadership with Alexsys Thompson, #EmergentHuman

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living.

    Ostrolenk speaks with Alexsys Thompson, MLC, BCC is a best-selling author of the book “The Power of a Graceful Leader: Flow, Integration and Alignment,” a keynote speaker, executive integration coach, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Her work is guided by her life’s mission to create safe spaces for souls to show up.

    Alexsys shares stories of her own experiences and the experiences of those with whom she’s worked closely; she discusses how these experiences have grown her understanding of graceful leadership. She has found that most leaders know how to lead intellectually, but few now how to lead from a grace-center, the energy force around the heard. She has helped clients discover ways to break negative coping strategies and become more approachable. Alexsys shares the 6 Tents of Graceful Leadership: Integrating: Mind, Body and Soul; Evolving: Alignment of Soul and Self; Transparency: Self and Others; Connecting: Self and Universe; Co-Creating: Innovative; and Compassionately Powerful in All Things. She also offers thoughts on post-conventional living and the balance of evolution and revolution.

    To learn more about Alexsys Thompson and her work, visit her websites at www.alexsysthompson.com and https://ubuntuasafehaven.com/, and find her book on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Power-Graceful-Leader-Alexsys-Thompson/dp/1544504985).

    In other short updates:

    Check out The Arete Collective Mastermind brought to you by Apeiron Zoh. We will be launching our second cohort in July. If you are interested in body/mind and spiritual growth with a great community, it could be a good fit for you https://www.lifeofexcellence.io/main-zoh

    Today’s show is brought to you by Cosper Scafidi, an amazing body worker in the Northern Virginia area who has integrated different somatic practices into his work. To learn more about his work, visit his website: www.cosperscafidi.com/.

    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writers Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI

    • 52 min
    Recapture the Rapture with Curt Cronin and Jamie Wheal, #EmergentHuman

    Recapture the Rapture with Curt Cronin and Jamie Wheal, #EmergentHuman

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living.

    Today’s guests are Curt Cronin and Jamie Wheal.

    From Navy SEAL Tier One Operator to entrepreneur, Curt has a track record of making the impossible possible. He creates an energetic force field of coherence for teams to drop into flow and high performance. Curt received his MBA at combined programs from the London School of Economics, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and the HEC School of Management in Paris. Curt graduated fifth in his class from the United States Naval Academy and has been awarded two Bronze Star medals for combat valor and three Distinguished Meritorious Service Medals.

    Jamie Wheal is the author of Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death In a World That's Lost Its Mind, and the Pulitzer-nominated global bestseller Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work. He is the founder of the Flow Genome Project, an international organization dedicated to the research and training of human performance.

    Ostrolenk speaks with Curt and Jamie about the questions they’re seeking to answer through their work, including how we live a life of meaning in an era of increasing uncertainty and how to cultivate a societal transition to a future that works for everyone. Curt offers insight into the collective and community mindset of the military, and how we might bring these lessons to civilian life and business. Jamie offers cathartic techniques and technologies that are open source and support the human transition that can get us to a better space. They also discuss undigested grief, what it does to our capacity to relate to one another, our current state of divergent narratives on global events, and Curt and Jamie’s ten suggestions. To read Jamie’s book, visit https://www.recapturetherapture.com/, and to learn more about their work check out www.flowgenomeproject.com.

    In other short updates:

    Today’s show is brought to you by Cosper Scafidi, an amazing body worker in the Northern Virginia area who has integrated different somatic practices into his work. To learn more about his work, visit his website: www.cosperscafidi.com/.

    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writers Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Mental Fitness with Cara Bradley, #EmergentHuman

    Mental Fitness with Cara Bradley, #EmergentHuman

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living.

    Ostrolenk speaks with Cara Bradley, a leading authority of mental fitness who has led thousands through her signature strategies to work and play in flow. She shares body-based trainings with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and premiere college sports teams. Her work focuses on building awareness of body-mind states, regulating the nervous system and priming the gut-brain connection for optimal wellbeing and performance.

    Cara discusses her early experiences of mind-body connection and her fascination with human potential. She details the exercises one can undertake to wake up, show up, and shine, and she highlights how these practices can positively affect relationships and daily activities. Cara also discusses what it means to be present, and the importance of treating oneself with love and kindness.

    Cara is the author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine, founder of the award-winning Verge Yoga Center, and host of the On The Verge podcast. www.carabradley.net. To learn more about Cara and her work, and explore how you can work with her, visit her website.

    In other short updates:

    Check out The Arete Collective Mastermind brought to you by Apeiron Zoh.. We will be launching our second cohort in July. If you are interested in body/mind and spiritual growth with a great community, it could be a good fit for you https://www.lifeofexcellence.io/main-zoh.
    Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today https://somaticpsychotherapytoday.com/.

    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writers Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI.

    • 39 min
    Soul Journey with Vicki Starr, #EmergentHuman

    Soul Journey with Vicki Starr, #EmergentHuman

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living.

    Ostrolenk speaks with Vicki Starr. Vicki devoted herself to her family and her career. She also participated in multiple physical challenges including marathons, six Ironman races, the Boston Marathon, Ultramarathon and SEALFIT's 20X. At 45 years old as an empty nester and not finding the depth of meaning in her physical challenges, she began a spiritual path of self-discovery.

    Vicki chronicles the life experiences that led her to the path she’s on now, including the loss of her father, understanding her own trauma versus generational trauma, and the power she found in breathwork. Through her work, Vicki seeks to serve women, tapping into what lights their souls on fire. Vicki is offering a Soul Journey Retreat in Costa Rica from November 11-16. To learn more about this retreat and to explore opportunities to work with Vicki one on one, visit her website at https://hotforholistics.com/.

    In other short updates:

    Shout out to Will Brink and his new coffee booster called “Alpha Joe”. It has creatine for its neuroprotective properties as well as cocoa. I am enjoying it and have been experimenting with it for a few weeks now. It goes great with my Misha’s coffee. Check it out at https://secure.alphajoecoffee.com/alphajoe-coffee-booster44921902?page_hash=home

    Today’s show is brought to you by Cosper Scafidi, an amazing body worker in the Northern Virginia area who has integrated different somatic practices into his work. To learn more about his work, visit his website: www.cosperscafidi.com/.

    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writers Stuart Davis and his song “Savoring Samsara” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKYdI19XKJY.

    • 29 min

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