Episode 25: Transition

Transition: We're in a time of transition here at Let's Start Here. In this episode, we talk about what's given rise to this transition (hint: one of our previous episodes affected us deeply), where we find ourselves at the start of this transition, and what we're witnessing right now with respect to the water we swim in.

Episode 24: Exploring Seven

Exploring Seven: We first brought up RPE (which traditionally means "Rate of Perceived Exertion") all the way back in Episode 2. A quick refresher: when using RPE, you rate your subjective experience on a scale of one to ten. In weight training, we define a seven on that scale as the point at which we can no longer synchronize the breath and the motion. That's also the point at which an exercise switches from pure gains to some level of detriment. RPE is such an important tool that we spent Episodes 11 through 14 explaining how to use RPE as a means to practice mindfulness. In this episode, we share our continued explorations of how the concept of "working to a seven" can guide us throughout our lives.

Episode 23: Goals and Resolutions

Goals and Resolutions: It's the beginning of a new year, a time when many people make New Year's resolutions. Here's the thing, though: most of those people fail. In this episode, we're going to talk about how we can set goals that we can actually succeed at, and then Jerry and Benjamin each share a goal for 2020.

Episode 22: The Energy of the Season

The Energy of the Season: In this episode, we discuss how the energy around the winter solstice affects us; how that energy is at odds with how we usually choose to live this time of year; the kinds of struggles we're inviting when we get out of sync with that energy; and how connecting with the energy of the season will make our lives better.

Episode 21: How Good Are You Willing to Feel?

How Good Are You Willing to Feel?

A question from Jerry's client and friend Toby--"How good are you willing to feel?"--led us into a deep and deeply personal exploration of the things that get in the way of us bringing forth substantial change in our lives. When we seek deep change, we need to be ready to meet some challenging feelings and emotions. There's a lot of powerful material in this episode. We hope it speaks to you.

We dedicate this episode to Toby. Thank you for the inspiration.

Episode 20: Language and Languaging

Language and Languaging: As we discussed in our RPE episodes, the subjectivity of language can present a problem as we try to become conscious about what's actually happening in our lives. In this episode, we dive more deeply into the challenges that language and languaging present, and discuss ways that more careful and conscious use of language can help us on our path.

Episode 19: Thriving During the Holidays

Thriving During the Holidays: Whenever I'm doing the edits on an episode and I exclaim to myself, "This is really useful material!" I know we've done good work.

In this episode, we talk about various tactics and strategies we can deploy to not just survive but actually thrive during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year's. We discuss each holiday in turn and talk about the particular issues we might face, from overindulgence around food at Thanksgiving, to dealing with challenging family members and family situations; from how to skillfully navigate the energetic demands that holiday parties can place on us, to handling the challenges of the commercialization of the season.

You might want to keep this episode in rotation during the next few weeks. There's a pretty good chance that we will as well.

Episode 18: Energy Shielding and the Water We Swim In

Energy Shielding and the Water We Swim In: This episode is about using shielding to more effectively navigate the Water We Swim In. Right now in the world there's a strong vibration of chaos, anxiety and fear, and many of us are feeling deeply overwhelmed. Shielding gives us a tool to deal with the challenges that arise from communal stress. Our examples of how and why we might shield start narrow, with talk about shielding in the gym, broaden into a discussion of dealing skillfully with traffic, and then widen outward into some general principles, finishing with the important assurance that shielding is a practice.

Episode 17: Energetic Center and Energy Shielding

Energetic Center and Energy Shielding: This is a very important episode. In this episode, we discuss energy shielding, as a means to protect ourselves from negative energy. We begin our discussion by talking about how to find and expand energetic center, which is necessary in order to shield. We then move on to a discussion about why shielding is necessary. From there, we talk about the necessity of imagination when working with energy. Finally, we discuss how to shield, the feelings that go along with shielding, and the particular challenges that shielding demands of us.