Welcome to Insert:Human, my name is Chris Colbert.
Over the last 20 years, I've come to believe one simple thing, that whatever you're trying to make better, a relationship, your leadership, marriage, your business startup, the world, that the very best way to make it better is to get better at understanding humanity.
Insert:Human is my weekly conversation with brilliant people about how to do exactly that. Each week will toggle between life, business, and the world, but will always end up at the exact same place, the unfiltered truth about us.
I hope you can join me
A Deep Dive into the How of a Better Mental Health System with Sarah Seegal
Sarah Seegal is the CEO of Affect Mental Health. This organization incubates mental health startups, helping them accelerate mental health solutions and address the challenges of stigmas, access, and quality of the mental health system. With an extensive background in the mental health space, including healthcare economics, coaching, and counseling, Sarah has worked with healthcare companies and organizations such as Kip Health, Lyra Health, Breakthrough (later acquired by MDLive), and One Medical Group. Sarah is SafeTalk Certified and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics from Vassar College, where she also built a national model for peer counseling. Sarah joins me today to discuss the current failures facing the mental health system in America and the opportunities presented to society to make things right. We discuss the role that the environment plays in your mental health and how considering a patient’s environment can positively transform the success of their treatment. We discuss the four key elements that make up our mental health and the importance of connecting each element to achieve optimal mental health. We also discuss the role that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on society’s mental health status and what Sarah believes we should do to respond and help others cope with the crisis in a healthy and sustainable way. Mental health issues are a human epidemic, and our system fails to help the millions in need. This talk puts a spotlight on how each of us can help, starting with seeing the whole thing differently. “We’ve been funding basic science and neuro-science with the intention of understanding what’s going on and how to fix things at a biochemical level, but in the last few decades, we’ve really neglected the environment of the person.” - Sarah SeegalThis week on Insert:Human● How a person’s environment can impact their mental health● The connection between our biological, psychological, social, and spiritual elements and the impact of an unbalance between these elements● How Affect Mental Health helps mental health startups accelerate and improve the mental health system● The startup ventures Affect supports and the two current startup companies Affect is currently incubating● Common stigmas around addiction and prescription medication abuse● The education and societal limitations impacting our human development system● The impact that COVID-19 will have on people’s mental health and how Sarah believes we should respond to the current crisis while protecting our mental health● The challenges associated with accepting a ‘new norm’ Resources Mentioned:● Radical Acceptance (https://dialecticalbehaviortherapy.com/distress-tolerance/radical-acceptance/) - Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)● From Pull to Push: How to Manage Our Time In Disquieting Times (https://www.chriscolbert.com/blog-complete/pulltopush)● 21 ACT Worksheets and Ways to Apply Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (https://positivepsychology.com/act-worksheets/) - Positive Psychology Connect with Sarah Seegal:● Affect Mental Health (https://www.affectmh.org/)● Affect Mental Health on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/affectmentalhealth/)● Affect Mental Health on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/affectmentalhealth/)●
How to Choose Courage over Fear
Fear can be a crippling emotion. It prevents us from stepping out of our comfort zones, meeting new people, and exploring new opportunities. Its primary purpose is to protect us from physical or mental harm. But we can’t live in a bubble forever. So...
Why Mid Life is Not Really About Mid Life with Mark J Silverman
Mark J. Silverman is no stranger to adversity and life’s obstacles. After beating addiction and homelessness, Mark started his journey to becoming a resiliency expert, public speaker, leadership coach, and the #1 Amazon bestselling author of...
The Power of Intentions
If you don’t know where you’re going, then how are you going to get there? Our intentions act as a guiding light to help us realize our dreams and achieve our goals. Intentionality increases our chances of achieving the outcomes we seek. The power o...
Encore Episode - The Clarity of Seeing Within with Melissa Yahia
My dear friend and Chakra healer, Melissa Yahia, joins me today to discuss the importance of seeking clarity from within and trusting your intuition. We discuss how she helped me through a period of ‘stuckness’ and how it paved the path to become who I am today. We discuss why intuition and metaphysics are considered ‘taboo’ concepts and why we believe your intuitive connections allow real meaning and happiness to flourish. We discuss why most people need to hit ‘rock bottom’ before discovering a new path toward happiness and fulfillment, how burying feelings like anger impacts your physical, mental, and emotional health, and empathy's role in dealing with these emotions. Melissa also shares her prediction for the future after the coronavirus pandemic has subsided and her advice for reclaiming your power as a human and regain your momentum.“Trust YOUR inner guide. Trust YOUR information. Trust your intuition.” - Melissa YahiaThis week on Insert:Human● How Melissa helped me through my ‘stuckness’ and how it transformed my life● Why intuition and metaphysical experiences are considered ‘taboo’ in society and why it’s in these connections that real meaning and happiness can flourish● How Melissa found clarity in herself and her life by looking within● The concept of The Tree of Empathy and its role in removing deeply buried anger● Melissa’s predictions for what the future holds after the COVID-19 pandemic is over● Why Melissa believes our true power as human beings is our level of consciousness and awareness● Melissa’s advice for getting unstuck and taking back your power to gain momentum● The importance of following your intuition and stepping out of your comfort zone Resources Mentioned:● Book: Lotus Flower Living by Julie Matheson● Book: Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, M.D. Ph.D Insert:Human - For a Better Life & Better World Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Insert:Human. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts. Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/insert-human/id1522051967) | TuneIn (https://tunein.com/podcasts/Education-Podcasts/Insert-Human-p1342153/)| GooglePlay (https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9pbnNlcnRodW1hbi5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw==)| Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/audioadrenaline/insert-human)| Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/479KNyIPQ6bCtGRRaCGYoa) Be sure to share your favorite episodes on social media to help me reach more seekers and problem-solvers like you. Join me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/chriscolbertX), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/chriscolbert33/), and Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/theglobalist/). For more exclusive content and to claim your free copy of the first chapter of my upcoming book, Technology is Dead, visit my website (https://www.chriscolbert.com/).
Encore Episode - What It Means to be Human with Rabbi Marc Baker
Rabbi Marc Baker is the President and CEO of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), a Jewish non-profit organization in Massachusetts. Having spent most of his life in Greater Boston’s Jewish community, Rabbi Marc has served as Head of School at Gann Academy, Greater Boston’s pluralistic Jewish high school, for over a decade. He has also served as scholar-in-residence for CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program from 2013 to 2018. Rabbi Marc has also spent 4 years in Jerusalem studying at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and The Hebrew University. He attended Phillips Academy Andover and received his bachelor’s degree in religious studies at Yale University. Currently, Rabbi Marc resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife and four children. Rabbi Marc joins me today to share his perspective on what it means to be human. He describes the CJP mission to bring people together and how the organization’s mission aligns with his perspective on humanity. He explains why he believes being human is not merely an individual journey, but an inter-connected one and how the modern world has lost that deep sense of interconnection. We discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has encouraged people’s sense of excessive individuality and inequality and how we can use this experience as a way to realize our individual and collective humanity as an effective guide toward a better future generation. We also discuss how moments of micro and macro fear provide us with unique opportunities of choice and the importance of getting comfortable with the complexities of being courageous. “We are, fundamentally - in our DNA - inter-connected with one another.” - Rabbi Marc Baker This week on Insert:Human● How CJP’s mission aligns with what Rabbi Marc believes the definition of ‘being human’ truly is● Why Rabbi Marc believes the human journey is not, fundamentally, an individual one● Unpacking the term ‘individuality’ and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people’s sense of excessive individuality and inequality● The COVID Paradox of Intimacy and what Rabbi Marc believes our greatest obstacle for us to realize is our individual and collective humanity● Confronting moments of macro and micro fear and how it’s an opportunity to choose whether to embrace fear or embrace courage● Getting comfortable with the complexity and spectrum of being courageous● The Circles of Trust concept and the two fundamental challenges of building cultural community● How the Jewish community is contributing to a better world Our Favorite Quotes:● “Choosing hope over fear does not mean denying that we feel fear.” - Rabbi Marc Baker● “It’s very hard to make decisions when you acknowledge there might be more than one right way.” - Rabbi Marc Baker● “It’s continuity in the name of transformation. It’s knowing where you come from because it has something to say to where you’re going.” - Rabbi Marc Baker Resources Mentioned:● Book: Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker J. Palmer Connect with Rabbi Marc Baker:● Combined Jewish Philanthropies (https://www.cjp.org/)● Combined Jewish Philanthropies on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/combined-jewish-philanthropies/)●
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A wonderful podcast. Chris has a beautiful point of view...and ability to ask smart questions that lead to interesting conversations. I highly recommend! Steph N
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This show provides a unique mix of thoughtful insights, practical advice and inspiring conversations. Chris is the brutally honest and equally caring virtual mentor we all need.
Chris is a brilliant strategist and leader. Looking forward to the wisdom he will impart!