6 episodes

Challenges, chaos, threats and shadows are an innate part of our existence. How can we learn to interact with these elements of our world with peace and effectiveness, and exist in the garden of our minds and communities? Join Andy and Lev as they discuss practical ways to interact with the ever-present snakes in our world.

Andy Prisco (he/him) is an acclaimed innovator and teacher of mental health crisis intervention methodology. He is the founder of national credentials and care system programs in verbal de-escalation and psychiatric emergencies. He lives with his wife and family in the Pacific Northwest and in his spare time enjoys boating, archery, precision shooting, and supporting his community as a firefighter/EMT.

Lev Pouliot (they/them) is a community mental health advocate and practitioner, teacher and facilitator, and published author whose work aims to offer critical perspectives to both ancient and modern human dilemmas. They are a poet, epistolary, and Michigan native and are currently most interested in mythology, nonmonogamy, and motorcycles.

Opening music features an excerpt from the track ”Snakes in the Grass” by Dave Luxton. Podcast logo and webpage splash graphic designed and copyright Glynn Rosenberg.

Snakes in the Garden Snakes in the Garden

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Challenges, chaos, threats and shadows are an innate part of our existence. How can we learn to interact with these elements of our world with peace and effectiveness, and exist in the garden of our minds and communities? Join Andy and Lev as they discuss practical ways to interact with the ever-present snakes in our world.

Andy Prisco (he/him) is an acclaimed innovator and teacher of mental health crisis intervention methodology. He is the founder of national credentials and care system programs in verbal de-escalation and psychiatric emergencies. He lives with his wife and family in the Pacific Northwest and in his spare time enjoys boating, archery, precision shooting, and supporting his community as a firefighter/EMT.

Lev Pouliot (they/them) is a community mental health advocate and practitioner, teacher and facilitator, and published author whose work aims to offer critical perspectives to both ancient and modern human dilemmas. They are a poet, epistolary, and Michigan native and are currently most interested in mythology, nonmonogamy, and motorcycles.

Opening music features an excerpt from the track ”Snakes in the Grass” by Dave Luxton. Podcast logo and webpage splash graphic designed and copyright Glynn Rosenberg.

    6. The Tower of Babel and the Human Resources Department: Complaints, Collusion, and Censorship

    6. The Tower of Babel and the Human Resources Department: Complaints, Collusion, and Censorship

    Content advisory: Non-graphic mentions of sexual assault and predatory behavior; use of some terms that have been held as offensive toward cultures.


     


    What is an ‘offense’, and how can we arrive at a process that centers relationships and growth when emotionally disruptive types of communication emerge? In this conversation, Andy shares how using shadow work helped him to process a poorly structured workplace intervention, Lev shares the difficulties of arbitrating language and accusations, and together, they envision how harmony and understanding might come from misunderstandings.


     


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    5. The Subtle Art of Shadow Work: Mediation and Musicality (with guest Lucia Wyss)

    5. The Subtle Art of Shadow Work: Mediation and Musicality (with guest Lucia Wyss)

    Joined by mediator and aikidoist Lucia Wyss, Andy and Lev talk about the importance of attunement, why danger looks different to everybody, and how self-determination can unexpectedly be more difficult than the alternatives.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    4. Disaster Preparedness for Mental Apocalypses: Survivalism, Startle Responses, and Sisyphus

    4. Disaster Preparedness for Mental Apocalypses: Survivalism, Startle Responses, and Sisyphus

    The human condition has been a source of curiosity and confusion since the dawn of time. In this episode, Andy and Lev talk about the conditions that precede assaultive behaviors, some conspiracies and even scarier truths, and why it might not be a good idea to live forever. 


     


    Art by IG @glynn.rosenberg, music by Dave Luxton

    • 43 min
    3. The Neurobiology of Fear: Speed, and Survival, and SPEAR CARE (with guest Tony Blauer)

    3. The Neurobiology of Fear: Speed, and Survival, and SPEAR CARE (with guest Tony Blauer)

    In this special guest episode featuring Tony Blauer-- a world-renowned tactical trainer and developer of the SPEAR system-- host Andy discusses using fear as a tool, how to adapt self-defense to the care and services professions, and the universal principles which apply to everyone in moments of action and reaction.


     


    Opening music features an excerpt from the track "Snakes in the Grass" by Dave Luxton, used with his permission and thanks.

    • 40 min
    2. The Allegory of the Lighthouse: Pioneers, Prisons, and Process

    2. The Allegory of the Lighthouse: Pioneers, Prisons, and Process

    The hosts discuss the social consequences of the perception of threat, share wisdom offered by teachers in the past and present, and talk about how to create a better world--even when your vision of that world differs from someone else's. 


     


    Sources Referenced (chronological):


     


    Len Cardinale, Olympic archery coach: http://archeryhalloffame.com/Cardinale%20Len.html ("Score Consciousness"
    Dalai Lama XIV: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/487218-to-remain-indifferent-to-the-challenges-we-face-is-indefensible 
    “The Book of Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi: https://www.worldhistory.org/review/243/the-book-of-five-rings/ 
    "The Kybalion" by Three Initiates of Hermes Trismegistus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kybalion ("As above, so below"
    Ken Wilber's Integral Theory: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2164956120952733 
    Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory, interpersonal neurobiology: https://www.stephenporges.com 
    Tony Blauer, SPEAR Theory: https://www.thespearsystem.com/physiology
    Laura Moss, National Anger Management Association and Growth Central Training: https://www.growthcentral.com/staff/laura-moss/ 


     


    Opening music features an excerpt from the track "Snakes in the Grass" by Dave Luxton, used with his permission and thanks.

    • 59 min
    1. Musashi in the Modern-Day: Hero Archetypes, Buddhism and Battles

    1. Musashi in the Modern-Day: Hero Archetypes, Buddhism and Battles

    Andy and Lev read the tale of Musashi and the Master in the garden, and with humor and a grounding consciousness, discuss the importance of relationships and how self-interest and fear impact them.


     


     


    Sources Referenced (chronological):


    Musashi and Takuan in the garden: http://underthemoonshadow.blogspot.com/2010/09/takuan-musashi-and-snake.html
    Regrets of the Dying: https://bronnieware.com/blog/regrets-of-the-dying/
    Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_in_the_Art_of_Archery

    "Scroll of Truth" comic: https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1885523-the-scroll-of-truth


     

    • 46 min

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