The author of Fearvana, Akshay Nanavati joins Drew to recount his journey of physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. As a teenager, Akshay found himself in a dark place filled with drugs and alcohol. Luckily, he watched the movie Black Hawk Down and his life was forever changed. He cleaned up and joined the Marines and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was there he found the beauty of adversity and suffering. He wanted to challenge himself. He describes his time in the service and the psychological effects of returning home. He has created the Fearvana Foundation whose mission is to help those who don't have the resources, means, or abilities to transcend their suffering.
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[6:55] After engaging in self-destructive behavior and watching friends die the movie Black Hawk Down inspired Akshay to change his life and join the Marines.
[12:41] Akshay’s experience as a Marine in Operation Iraqi Freedom was both harrowing and fulfilling.
[17:40] Post Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are two very different things.
[24:42] Akshay describes the turning point that led to his transformation.
[30:53] LMNOP is a powerful tool to shift behavioral patterns and habits.
[35:26] Akshay’s book, Fearvana, focuses on developing a positive relationship to the experience of suffering.
[40:48] Forever pushing himself to suffer well, Akshay runs ultra-marathons and has done a 7-day darkness retreat.
[48:35] How to incorporate singular dualities into the framework of life.
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