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. Additional production, music composition & editing by Evan Glenn Adams. Intro & outro song: "Witch Love" by Luis Mojica)
[Ep. 62] Transforming Your Genes With Food | Karen Hurd (Biochemist & Holistic Nutritionist)
There is a constant cycle of life & death occurring inside of our bodies at all times. Our DNA & how that DNA expresses can shapeshift at any time depending on our environments, mindsets, and food rituals. This is a blessing because the expressions that are not useful (illness & trauma responses) can also shapeshift into something new.
In this episode, I am joined by biochemist & holistic nutritionist Karen Hurd to teach us how food and chemicals interact with our genetic expressions.
For more information on Karen's work, please visit www.karenhurd.com.
To get on the waitlist for my future courses, please click here.
[Ep. 61] Understanding Intergenerational Trauma | Mark Wolynn (Trauma Therapist & Author)
This week Luis is joined by a pioneer in intergenerational trauma and author of "It Didn't Start With You", Mark Wolynn.
They dive into language and the history of stored and inherited family trauma. They discuss how trauma unconsciously passes down through DNA and the expression of that through verbal and nonverbal trauma language. Mark also tells stories from his practice and talks about rewiring the brain through positive practices.
"Scientifically, when a trauma happens, it changes us. So literally it causes a chemical reaction in our DNA, and this changes how our genes function."
"We rarely make the link that our anxiety, our hyper-vigilance, our shutdown, our depression is connected to our parents and our grandparents. We just think we're wired this way, and that's what I keep running into, people just saying 'Well that's how I am, I'm wired this way.'"
For more information on Mark's work and his book, visit www.markwolynn.com.
[Ep. 60] Energy Is Somatic | Natasha Levinger (Energy Healer)
In this episode, Luis speaks with Natasha Levinger - energy reader, healer, spiritual coach - about energy work, attunement, Spirit, grief, and more.
"What a spiritual experience it is to be in a body."
"Attunement is a beautiful thing. I was recently using it in an example of when we’re only attuning to others and not ourselves, that’s when it gets off balance. But attuning to people is also how we have empathy and how we connect and how we notice something’s off."
"I easily talk to people who aren’t in bodies anymore. I love doing that. When I was nine, I used to look at the obituaries and write down new friends to talk to. I’m very much not an Earth-based person, necessarily? But again, it’s maybe counterintuitive, but the more I got into my energy body in the present, the more I was able to be like, “Oh yeah, I can see why I want to be on Earth, I can see what’s special about Earth and what’s special about my body.”
"It’s the meaning that we attach to things that creates tension, or contraction, or makes us want to jump into someone else’s experience."
To follow Natasha's work or listen to her podcast, visit www.highestlighthealing.com.
[Ep. 59] Family Constellation, Somatic Experiencing & Growing Up In An African Tribe | Euphrasia Nyaki (Somatic Therapist & Teacher)
Luis speaks with Euphrasia Nyaki about her upbringing in Tanzania, the journey to somatic experiencing, engaging the ancestors, family constellation in her practice, and more.
"I think those two pieces - the somatic experiencing with the intergenerational work - I feel like that's just the gold. I see so many people who...their bodies are still behaving like their ancestors', unbeknownst to them, because it's in there trying to express itself out, right? But it lacks context. So as you start filling in the context, there's this separation and it starts to heal itself, essentially."
"What we do with family constellation is to bring the invisible out of the subconscious mind."
"One thing you said that I really resonated with was how SE (somatic experiencing) gives you the ability to feel the present. It's not just being in the present, you feel what it's like to not have a past or a future."
To learn more about Euphrasia's work, visit www.somaticexperiencing.com/euphrasia-nyaki.
[Ep. 58] Spiritual Integration Therapy | Lynida Darbes
This episode Luis reconnects with his dear friend, Lynida Darbes, to talk about spiritual integration therapy -- which involves "an awareness of the process we go through of constantly being called on to integrate our emotions or psychological experience with our spiritual evolution."
"I think the falling off the cliff was pretty instantaneous, after all the pain. I think I either had to die or I had to do this “falling off the cliff.” And then... I was totally alive, just completely every tiny cell in my body was alive and turned on and open and full of love."
"I must have learned early on that it’s all about allowance, that’s the word. You 'allow' and it’s the level of willingness in you of allowance that determines how much you experience."
"That’s what I find true healing to be: when concept and ego kind of just dissipate and your body is dancing with what is. It’s magical. You don’t have to be cancer-free to heal. It’s more like your state of being versus your physical state."
"The feeling of whatever happens, it’s teaching me something. If I look at it the right way, it will teach me something."
To learn more about Lynida or to work with her: www.spiritualintegrationtherapy.com
[Ep. 57] Understanding Trauma Through The Lens of Somatic Experiencing | Luis Mojica & Helena Grant
Today's episode is a recording from an interview Luis did with Helena Grant for the Divine Instruments global event this past April. He speaks about somatic therapy and food and how that relates to trauma healing.
"We're talking about trauma because it's the unconscious root of all of our imbalances. What's amazing about trauma when you start understanding it somatically versus psychologically is trauma has nothing to do with the event that you've been through. Trauma has everything to do with how the body responds to the event you've been through."
"The mind is so quick to go to feelings as ideas, feelings as experiences, feelings as meaning. Often when I ask someone, I'll say "What do you feel in that moment?" And they say "I feel like--" and whenever there's that word like, I know we're leaving the body."
"We learned that at birth, we screamed out of pain and we were able to nurse or drink from the bottle. So food is the first thing we experience in this human body on this planet of calming us down, and as we get more embodied with our trauma, we learn "Is this food going over my trauma, is it pushing it down, is my trauma choosing it? Or is my body choosing it to nourish?" And you start getting clear over what drives those decisions."
Thank you for a grounded somatic approach, it’s the HUMAN approach. The topics shared are at the core of my current growth and I have this podcast as a wonderful resource. Thank you
This podcast is an absolute gem for anyone looking to overcome trauma and find true healing in their life. He really knows how to break down ideas into digestible material that can be easily consumed by the average listener/seeker of change. Every podcast is packed with information that promotes a deeper understanding and connection to self. Luis is a true thought leader! I am so grateful that I found this podcast!
Episode 2 - fawning I AM ENLIGHTENED
After listening to this episode I opened up a misunderstood past that has always affected me. I was provided a word-for-word explanation about the exact sexual trauma I had experienced that I never felt was valid enough to label. To know others have experienced this too felt comforting, and as though I could find a way to cope. Thank you for shedding a light on such unspoken truths, you have pushed me one step closer toward healing.