12 episodes

The Awareness That Heals Podcast brings you meaningful discussions that provide guidance and insights into the way we care for ourselves during life's emotional, situational, and existential challenges. They can be faced and embraced by using the tools presented in the Awareness That Heals book and podcast.

Awareness That Heals offers you a variety of practices to support greater awareness of what may be troubling you, while simultaneously finding a place to actively care for yourself.

Find out more at: www.AwarenessThatHeals.org

Awareness That Heals Robert J Strock

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

The Awareness That Heals Podcast brings you meaningful discussions that provide guidance and insights into the way we care for ourselves during life's emotional, situational, and existential challenges. They can be faced and embraced by using the tools presented in the Awareness That Heals book and podcast.

Awareness That Heals offers you a variety of practices to support greater awareness of what may be troubling you, while simultaneously finding a place to actively care for yourself.

Find out more at: www.AwarenessThatHeals.org

    Appreciating the Awareness of Challenges - Episode 11

    Appreciating the Awareness of Challenges - Episode 11

    We enter the first core principle of Friendly Mind—an awareness of life’s most challenging feelings and situations. Friendly Mind subtlety grounds and benefits us by looking at this awareness in a neutral or positive light. This episode explores this principle, which is the underbelly of all the other Friendly Mind principles. If we don’t stay grounded with clarity of the specific challenges we face in our daily lives, we limit our capacity for fulfillment, inspiration, and personal evolution.
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    • 35 min
    Why You Can't Just "Think Positive" to Feel Better - Episode 10

    Why You Can't Just "Think Positive" to Feel Better - Episode 10

    This important episode highlights and contrasts Friendly Mind with other methods, identifying similarities yet making the valuable differences clear. Friendly Mind clarifies how affirmations, positive thinking, "fixing" feelings, self-judgment, and the more conventional expression of “I’m fine” all fall short of true healing. They miss the critical element of responding as simultaneously as possible with awareness of life’s challenges and the value of guiding ourselves toward well-being and healing. These distinctions help us understand the subtlety of Friendly Mind.
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    • 34 min
    Transforming Emotional and Spiritual Standards - Episode 9

    Transforming Emotional and Spiritual Standards - Episode 9

    We continue to explore impossible standards that impale our progress toward healing. Friendly Mind guides us to do and be all that is realistically possible while helping us to not be slaves to these pressures. With personal examples, we closely explore the myriad of ways we guilt and pressure ourselves to be different than who we are and can be in our own bodies. We push ourselves to get rid of our anxiety, depression, and fear or religion, spirituality, non-spiritual beliefs, or intelligence. However, Friendly Mind teaches us to come back again and again, doing and honoring our best efforts. It also encourages us to gain a bit of humor at our desire to be more than our best efforts.
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    • 33 min
    Overcoming Family Conditioning - Episode 8

    Overcoming Family Conditioning - Episode 8

    Childhood experiences and culture teach many of us to strive for impossible, unrealistic, or unreachable standards. This episode explores the trap created by these standards and introduces how to free ourselves. Friendly Mind creates a realistic, present focus on supportive and realistic thoughts. We look closely at standards and expectations relating to family, friendship, work, love, sex, youthfulness, and success. This is the first episode to deal with unreachable standards by identifying a grounded, balanced focus on what is possible.
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    • 33 min
    Friendly Mind: More Central than Feelings - Episode 7

    Friendly Mind: More Central than Feelings - Episode 7

    With practice, Friendly Mind helps us identify with who we are becoming rather than with our feelings in a given moment or situation. Friendly Mind steers our focus and understanding toward our own wisdom, with it becoming clearer and clearer that Friendly Mind’s guidance and response is more important than what we feel. This Friendly Mind could be called wisdom, God’s guidance, or intuition. However, listening to and finding the best guidance, no matter what we call it, to deal with our greatest challenges is the most important step. We will explore the second arrow in Buddhism, which teaches that the response to suffering is the key to giving ourselves control, not changing the original feeling of suffering itself. This golden truth promotes real healing that we all can learn. Exemplified with personal stories and experiences, we’ll see how to lessen or eliminate primary and secondary ways we unwittingly add pain.
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    • 30 min
    Responsive Wisdom - Episode 6

    Responsive Wisdom - Episode 6

    In the Friendly Mind, we learn the value and benefit to ourselves and others of focusing on our responses to challenging emotions and situations rather than trying to change the feelings themselves. Accepting these emotions feels counterintuitive at first. However, with encouragement and practiced dedication, we learn the importance of thoughts, especially those that help us accept our situations and feelings. Acceptance begins a process of learning to independently act from emotions without denial. It also helps counteract the hypnotic effect of the normal instinct to instantly do whatever makes us feel better. However, a Friendly Mind teaches how to slow down and care for ourselves by learning to guide our thoughts, rather than trying to use grandiose measures to unsuccessfully change our feelings.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Jezellillo ,

Friendly mind

As someone who has a hard time keeping a friendly mind, these introspective guides help me identify and deal with my challenging emotions in a healthier way. I’m really happy my spiritual advisor Susan hough introduced me to his work. let the healing commence!

wendysuenoah ,

Practical and compassionate self healing advice

Robert Strock is the real deal! He discusses how to deal with life’s great challenges in a way that is truly healing and caring to ourselves and our mental health. His book alongside with this compassionate and compelling podcast gives us the tools to deal with life with more self care and balance.

Chelseyebuzz ,

Feelings vocabulary

Putting words to feelings is so important for awareness. This podcast expounds on that concept in a way that is applicable to the ins and outs of daily life, which makes the concepts easier to apply.

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