Wellness + Wisdom Podcast Host and Wellness Force Media CEO, Josh Trent, shares what makes the wellness pentagon and how you can take care of each of its aspects. In this solocast, you will learn: The mental physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial aspects of the wellness pentagon. How to find inspiration in others and make it your reality. Why the mind and the heart can't survive without the physical body. The importance of taking a few minutes every day to consciously breathe and move your body. Why the unconscious always wants to rest. How to change your story by taking accountability for your actions. How finding self-awareness through being still can help us identify any mental problem. Why intrusive thoughts are made to keep you safe. How to take an emotional inventory. What you can do to improve your emotional health. Why spirituality is often misunderstood. What it means that we are all God. Why financial intelligence and success are a part of your wellness. Are You Stressed Out Lately? Take a deep breath with the M21™ wellness guide: a simple yet powerful 21 minute morning system that melts stress and gives you more energy through 6 science-backed practices and breathwork. Click HERE to download for free. Is Your Energy Low? Looking for a cleaner brain fuel? Just one daily serving of Ketone-IQ™️ will help you feel sharper, more focused, and ready to take on the day. Click HERE to try HVMN's Ketone-IQ™ + Save 20% with the code "JOSH" *Review The WF Podcast & WIN $150 in wellness prizes! *Join The Facebook Group BREATHE: Breath & Wellness Program Get 30% off of the BREATHE: Breath & Wellness Program with the code PODCAST30 [spacer height="20px" id="2"] Boost your immunity and calm your mind with freedom from chronic stress in the modern world. A 21-day guided breath and wellness program using ancient wisdom to boost your immunity, calm your mind, and give you freedom from chronic stress in the modern world. Combining special breathwork infused with safe vape cannabidiol, BREATHE gives you everything you need to let go of old weight, de-stress, and build immunity so you can live your best life. In this special (limited time) offer, you will receive: - Lifetime access to BREATHE - Free upgrades to all future training modules - Free additional training modules - Special VIP coupons for safe vape, essential oils, CBD, nootropics and more - Private WF group access [spacer height="20px"] Listen To Episode 513 As Josh Trent Uncovers The 5 Aspects Of The Wellness Pentagon Hello, podcast world this is Josh Trent. This is the Wellness + Wisdom podcast today is a solocast so this may or may not be the perfect place for you to start. If you are interested in getting some wisdom and guidance today, directly from me, stick around if you are looking for a featured guest interview check out our Tuesday podcast episodes, over 500 of them. But no matter what you do, make sure that you join us at the M21 three-week guided wellness journey over at JoshTrent.com/M21. This is where you will get six backed practices, one of them, including breath, work, and another one, including specialized movement and journaling practices to amplify and essentially reset and renew your commitment to your own self-love and your own wellness. I created this guide from over 500 podcasts and it's yours for free, no strings attached just my gift to you over at JoshTrent.com/M21. [spacer height="20px"] [01:20] Why Wellness Is A Pentagon In today's solocast we're talking about the wellness pentagon, the five critical factors to build your best life, and these critical factors truly are critical I mean out of all the things that you could do and be, and say in the world, these in my opinion, and in my own 20+ years of being in this wellness world are the absolute most important things. You can focus on every day, one breath, one inch at a time to have the best life you could ever imagine. And my life is the result of that so if you're wondering why should you listen to me well take a look at the website and see what I've been creating since 2015 after I left the fitness industry and dove heart and soul into wellness and podcasting. Multiple six figures of income and a family and a thriving business and all my results speak for themselves. So if you ever want to know if you should listen to someone, look at the life they're living and ask yourself: "Do I want all or some of their life?" If you yourself are a coach or trainer or therapist, or anyone at all that either wants different results in your life or wants to love yourself more deeply or be of service to your clients and your customers this podcast has the potential to change your life. I don't say that lightly this is legit wisdom from over 20+ years of me flailing forward getting bloody and learning sometimes not the easy way, but always coming out with more wisdom than before so let's begin. By the end of this podcast, you'll be left with the details and gold about the mental physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial aspects of what I call the wellness pentagon, which in my experience is the only thing and will be the only thing you ever have to focus on to live WELL in a very complicated world. I've made this more simple for you. At the end of each of these five quick yet potent and powerful sections today, I'm going to give you one challenge and one resource that you can take action on as soon as you're done with this podcast. Now, no need to write anything down so if you're driving keep your eyes on the road. If you're walking in the park, which hopefully you are, I hope the sun is shining on your shoulders. No need to write any of this down. You can find everything today over at JoshTrent.com/513. [spacer height="20px"] [04:22] Physical Let's start with the physical. It has been said that "as above, so below", and the soul must connect to and live inside the heart and mostly get out of the mind, but yet, the mind and the heart cannot survive without the physical body. It is the foundation it is the being that we inhabit. It is the only thing we all express from, so the physical takes a very important place in the pentagon, which is why I always start with the physical. It is the floor, it is the root, it is the foundation of all things included in your physical wellness. It is your breath, work, hydration, nutrition, movement, digestion, immunity, and anything and everything that relates to motion, respiration, assimilation, and processing. It is where the brain lives. It is where the heart beats. It is where your blood flows. One thing to really pay attention to when it comes to your physical aspect of the pentagon is to make sure every single day that you take 5, 10, 15, or 30 minutes to consciously breathe and move your body. Now, I know that seems easy you're probably listening to this and saying "Well duh, of course, I need to move my body, of course." but here's the question: are you doing it? Are you placing it in your calendar to make it a priority to consciously breathe like we do in the Breath + Wellness program or move your body out in the arms of nature? I don't care if it's in your freaking hotel room on a 5 or 10-minute break from work, or if you're wearing a tie or dress shirt. None of this matters. Notice that when it comes to nourishing your physical body, the mind will sometimes tell you that it's "not the right time "but it is always the right time to breathe consciously and move consciously. Otherwise, you will be in the control of your unconscious. And your unconscious always wants to rest, always wants to eat the chocolate cake, always wants to chill and take it easy because that is where it feels safe and it does not have to grow and it does not have to do anything that your heart is directing you towards. We'll talk more about heart intelligence when it comes to the spiritual aspect of your wellness. One quick step that I want you to take today if you take an inventory and you realize that from a physical standpoint, you may be carrying extra weight or you have pain or you're dealing with a health issue or you just don't feel well physically would be to take a breath and just be OK with the fact that you are where you are. Shame will not motivate you, or inspire you from this place only truth and acknowledgment of where you are is what will allow you to pick yourself up because no one's coming to save you. If you're struggling physically, make a time and financial investment to purchase a program, and hire a trainer to start with an external framework of accountability where you have to show up because you've paid for something or you have to show up for a workout or a hike or run or exercise with a friend because you don't want to let them down. Sometimes when it comes to stoking yourself physically, the subconscious mind and the neuroplasticity in the brain are so deep that a human being can believe the story that their physical health is not as important as it truly is, and it is these bullshit stories that create terrible results which make people feel stuck. So from this moment right now, I know you can feel it inside of your heart in your body because that's where the change is coming from that wants to be expressed… Right now, lock it in and make an appointment and invest time and money into moving your physical body every single day, and when you do that, it will create a cascade of momentum that will allow you to continue to do it over and over and over again. As a challenge, you can head over to breathwork.io and use the code "PODCAST30". It's the first time I've ever given this big of a discount but I'm doing it because, by the time you're listening to this, you'll need this inspiration more than ever. So use the code "PODCAST30" to save 30% off your three-week breathwork.io journey where I guide you personally to breathe consciously and to move consciously so that you can start expressing this energy and this wellness that has been inside of you for so long. It's my gift to you. Do it right now and if you don't do it with me, do it with someone you're gonna have to make an investment with someone you may as well make it with me you can trust me, I've been there and I'm there for you right now. That is my promise. As we close this short teaching about the physical aspect of your wellness, take stock of how you feel that is going to be the biggest report card about what needs to be changed when it comes to your physical health. It may seem hard, but that is just your subconscious mind creating a story that it's going to be. Taking a walk for most of us is not hard, touching your toes, doing 30 deep breaths, walking up some stairs instead of the elevator, and taking 5 minutes to do some burpees or push-ups or squats is not hard. It's not. It's just that the stories the subconscious mind has been projecting for decades may be telling you that it is. So to get over the story, take accountability to change your story by changing something that you are accountable to someone or something. Maybe it's money, maybe it's time, maybe it's a friend. This is what makes all the difference. I truly believe this, I used to be 280 pounds. I've been there a great resource for you is the breathwork program that I've talked about you can also go to the website JoshTrent.com and just search for fitness and breathwork on the website - there's tons of content there for you. [spacer height="20px"] [11:46] Mental Next is the mental. And this is by far (in order of importance) the second most important thing that you must focus on if you want your physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial wellness to thrive and to be different than how it is today. That's what we all want, isn't it? We all want to reach our potential in all five of these things, but the reason we don't is that we believe stories about why we can't, so let's change that story right here, right now. When it comes to mental health, there are core aspects of the brain, health, cognition, mindfulness, and neuroplasticity that absolutely must be addressed here, and obviously today in this solocast, we are simply identifying and taking a quick inventory with an actionable step for each one today. Obviously, every one of these five sides is a lifetime of work and study but to simplify it because I told you, I would do that, to simplify it every single section in our five sections today will have an inventory identification process, and an actionable step that you can take to get a result right away because results matter results create momentum. In a mental and also emotional inventory, we must identify the stories that we are telling ourselves or the stories that we believe about other people or events or things that are dictating. A quick mental inventory of your belief systems is the only place to start, to start at self-awareness. For example, if you notice that you are quick to judge or quick to anger, it is not just an emotional program that is running. It is a mental program. The only way we can identify that mental program is through increased awareness and I have found that the most powerful tool for increased awareness is to be still. But how do we just choose to be still when we're triggered or when we are at our most mentally stressed? I would argue to say that that's not the best time for you to do it if you're just starting on your journey. If you're a seasoned veteran, maybe that might be the ultimate ninja training for you, but for most of us the best time to be still is first thing in the morning or when you go to bed at night. These are the times when in the morning you can prime your mind we talk about this in the M21 three-week guide that I'm giving to you for free at JoshTrent.com/M21. And the best way to prime your mind is by consciously breathing, followed by bulleting the subconscious mind. Once you have identified the thoughts that you allow yourself to think, the thoughts that you attached to that is in my opinion, the origin of mental health, true mental health comes from true self-awareness. In the bullet journal system that we talk about in the M21 guide you begin by: writing the date of the day the three things you're grateful for the three goals you have for that day the three affirmations and the final question that is the most powerful is who do I get to be today? Who do I get to be today? I know this might sound easy or too simplistic but this is the only way that I have improved my life and created multiple six figures with a woman I love and a family. Do you want one or all of those things? It is my promise to you that the more you do this, the more you bullet, your subconscious mind, the greater mental health you will have, and that mental health will transfer to every other part of your pentagon that is my promise to you. Just a quick note on mental health and psychedelics because it's important. "Just because we can do something, does not mean that we should." The intrusive thoughts we have (not that we are) are designed to keep you safe, in a box, and protected from the risk of freedom and love. The work is about unearthing the old stories, bringing compassion to your scared self, and allowing yourself to feel the old pain and sit with the current fear. Make sure you listen to the entire episode with Scott Jackson titled "Rewire Yourself: How To Create A Life You Love With Freedom From Subconscious Sabotage." You can find it at JoshTrent.com/481. [spacer height="20px"] [16:42] Emotional Next is the emotional. One powerful and very quick way to take an inventory of your emotional state is to do what I like to call the emotional inventory or the EI2 process. A powerful solocast I'm going to link for you is about emotional epigenetics and you can find it at JoshTrent.com/499. This concept of emotional epigenetics is fascinating to me. It's what I'm writing my book on and I think that my life is a byproduct of its expression in me and I know and trust that the way you are with yourself and others has a direct connection to what you have experienced in your life out of the womb, inside the womb, and what you have been imprinted with from your mother, grandparents, great grandparents, going back as far as five generations, or even more. If it is the first time you are hearing this concept about imprinting or epigenetics, then I implore you to go over to JoshTrent.com/499 and listen to the entire solo cast I think it will make a huge impact for you personally with a lot more clarity around how you inherit not just physical characteristics, but also emotional characteristics and ways of being from your lineage. We talk about this concept of "the work "so much and personal development and self-growth but what is it exactly, what is the work? The work is about developing a practice of letting go as an antidote to the wounded self that tirelessly tries to control, and finding the faith and courage to take the risk of opening your heart with your loving, present, available self + partner. The anima and animus are described in Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology as part of his theory of the collective unconscious. Aristotle decided that "Nature abhors a vacuum". Jung described the animus as the unconscious masculine side of a woman, and the anima as the unconscious feminine side of a man, each transcending the personal psyche. Jung's theory states that the anima and animus are the two primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind, as opposed to the theriomorphic and inferior function of the shadow archetypes. He believed they are the abstract symbol sets that formulate the archetype of the self. Once you know how you operate and what you want to operate differently, you can change it but until then you will be repeating over and over again the same triggers, and the same stories that give the same results. If you want new results and I know you do because I have definitely struggled with this concept in my lifetime, I will share with you that the only thing that made a difference was increased awareness and increased inventory. Take the inventory take the emotional inventory over at JoshTrent.com/499. [spacer height="20px"] [20:30] Spiritual Spirituality is often incredibly misunderstood. Religion has trained the world to worship something outside of themselves, and I do believe that there are positive aspects of religion but unfortunately, just like any tool religion has been used to help and harm people for millennia. Traditional Christians, Jewish Islam, and many others do not want to face the fact that in the religious texts, there are many phrases and stories that point to God being inside the human. It is easy to pontificate that there is no meeting to anything so what's the point but that is actually the most powerful part of our human existence is that there aren't any meetings of all this, there really aren't. The one take away, and one challenge that I want to offer to your heart and your hands when it comes to spirituality is this: Can you search way deep down inside yourself blow all the layers of conditioning, below all the layers of shame, or judgment, or stories that you've chosen to believe about yourself or others or the world, and can you find a place where there is absolutely no mental chatter and there is only love? Do that tomorrow morning or even tonight. Sit in your stillness with your breath and no distractions and see if you can find that place I'm talking about. RUMI said something like this: "Beyond the field of right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there." Do not concern if you don't know what I'm talking about because going on a spiritual journey is not for everyone, it is not for the victims. It is only for the victors because, at the end of the tunnel, you will find something that is so profound, and so loving, that nothing else will matter. You will find God's love. You have to be prepared for the price to be paid to feel and be in the presence and acceptance of God's love because it will not be like anything you ever thought it was, it will only be exactly what it is. Start your journey toward this understanding with our three-part series with my mentor and friend, Paul Chek, and in this three-part series titled All Is God, and you will understand. This three-part series will ripple across the globe as we share one of the most powerful conversations on this podcast to date. Together, we will explore: Some of the most radical and profound wisdom you will ever hear The concepts of relationship and understanding we have of God. The true definition of L.O.V.E [spacer height="20px"] [24:00] Financial We saved something very important for last. It is a fact that we have all signed up to be here on planet earth at this time otherwise we wouldn't be here and part of that agreement is that in order to have a life well lived we must have an understanding and mastery of financial intelligence, and be financially well. I fought this for so many years... I would cast judgment and throw shadow at successful people, and label them as evil and mean I actually used to think a thought just like this: "Money causes pain and rich people take advantage of other people all they care about is money..." I have now successfully replaced that story with a new story and the new story is something that emanates from my pelvis, solar plexus, heart, and throat which I know you're gonna feel in my new story. It sounds like this: "Money is a vehicle that through its movement and acquisition gives energy to people and things I love and care about." Notice how I did not say that I love money... Even though I do love money, but really when I say, I love money I just love the freedom and the opportunities that money brings. There are so many "spiritual gurus" out there who will tell you that you have to master your money mindset, and that you have to do all of these things from a spiritual level in order to gain wealth, which is true and is also not true. Which is a true paradox. And life is a paradox so I will share this with you from my experience, and from specifically the episode, I would love for you to listen to Robert Breedlove's podcast with me at JoshTrent.com/442. Now that you've begun this journey of the five sides of your wellness pentagon, I'm curious, what came up for you? Or what came down for you? Did you start to feel upset with me? Inspired by me more connected to me tell me what you feel right to me admin@firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm sending you so much love and so much wellness from my heart tears until I get to be with you again every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday every single week I'm wishing you love and wellness. 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01/04 Hour 1 Starting QB in Week 18 - 1:00 Quarterback differences - 14:56 Scott Abraham joins B&G - 22:09 Thoughts and prayers for Damar Hamlin - 38:22
Scott Jackson Notes Bio Head Coach of Liberty University since 2016 Lead the flames to 3 consecutive NCAA appearances for the first time in school history 2021 Conference coach of the year 3 regional wins in his time as HC GPA of 3.0 or better every year as a HC 11 players signed to MLB contracts during his time Reached highest ranking in program history (14) in 2022 Breaking school records in strikeouts (620) and fielding percentage (.984), and consecutive wins (13) Former AC at UNC Chapel Hill where they went to 3 World Series, 6 straight regionals, and an ACC championship 5 Liberty alums on the staff. 4 out of 5 played for the staff Winner!!!! Notes Great players win games! Right support, thought you could win, and win in post season on regular basis Have to have really good players Recruiting has stayed consistent Staff has stayed consistent Starts on a regular basis - can you show up everyday Admin has been supportive to be consistent Ultimate student athlete experienceLeave liberty and saying WOW All parts of life Baseball part last because if other parts are not bigger then baseball will not be as best Keep priorities in line - habits and routines in place to make Frame the habits and routinesWake up Food Class Food Stadium How does it look for you? Stack enough good days and body knows what to expect Check in with players to see what does work for them Connect with the kids that has nothing to do with baseball. Relationship not just built on the game I don't want our relationship to be all about baseball and tied to the player performance Come down to the park and leave everything and just be yourself at the ballpark! We talk about trust a lot with our players As long as we trust each other we can get through anything Staff meetings to keep pulse of players to see who needs a sit down and who is just having a bad day To establish trust you have to talk about your plan and goals for the kidsHow are we going to tackle (bullpen, grades, on time, etc) Make our team collectively and individually not worry and trust Stop and listen, let kids talk, ask questions, get to know the details Never say I have seen it all! Office door is always open The amount of time that things happen exactly the way they thought it would is very small. Bring your mother on a visit to know that someone will take care of your son If it's just the baseball piece, don't come here! It will come across really genuine or it will come across as a used car salesman/artificial Evolved over time with a passion for connection Are we delivering on the things we told these kids God has a plan for your life that is way better than what you have planned Life is about people and about relationships The more simple and direct, the easier it is to look back on it When you get outside yourself you will be surprised how much better you can perform Waited a couple years to focus on a couple pillars Focus on those 3 pillars fully everyday and then Omaha takes care of itself, its a byproduct Started with relationships with the kids and having fun with the kids on the field. I wanted it to be authentic and genuine Be there for them!! Be part of their journey and feel like I am fighting for them Keep eyes open on staff that are a great fit! Created a job description for the new positions on staff If you have a passion for people, we all have a passion for baseball, but you have to have a passion for people. Keep your head down and not worry about what is next Be so good with the relationships you are in right now, be where your feet are, and be present in the relationships you have The right place, the right people (trust), you will get through things that come up
Bienvenidos a nuestro día #25, Hoy, nuestro devocional se centra en 1 Juan 2:1-2; 3:7-8 Gracias, por habernos acompañado durante estos 25 días, ha sido un recorrido por puntos bastante importantes en la vida de Jesús, aquel que es el verdadero propósito de estas fechas, deseo de corazón que cada episodio haya producido un cambio desde lo más profundo de tu interior, que te haya llevaba a profundas reflexiones para tu vida y la de los que amas, esto no termina aquí, aun le quedan 7 días al año en curso, y deseo invitarte a que visites nuestro sitio en www.icocsaltillo.weebly.com y descargues el libro “El propósito de la Navidad” de SCOTT JACKSON, una serie de 7 devocionales que serán de gran ayuda para ti y los tuyos.
12.22.22 Scott Jackson is in for Kevin Sheehan. Scott attempts to fix the red zone issues the Commanders have had in recent weeks. Scott takes calls on fixing the red zone. Scott on what he saw when Carson Wentz was warming up on Sunday and why it was intriguing.
12.22.22 Scott Jackson in for Kevin Sheehan. Doc Walker joins Scott to preview Saturday's game and why it'll test the toughness for the Commanders. Scott on whether or not the Commanders can hang with the 49ers. Paul Charchian, GuillotineLeagues.com, with his weekly fantasy advice.
12.22.22 Scott Jackson in for Kevin. Scott opens the show with the Pro Bowl rosters and the Commanders landing four Pro Bowlers and the awesome video the Commanders released on Twitter. Scott and Denton discuss if we'll see Chase Young this season. Scott goes around the NFL.
Scott Jackson hosts a Tuesday edition of Overtime. How does Carson Wentz fit in the equation at QB with the Commanders? We talk about the surging Caps with Ben Raby of the Capitals Radio Network. Nick Akridge of Pro Football Focus, joins the show. Also, Falcons QB Marcus Mariota left the team after his benching.
11.29.22 Santana Moss joins Kevin to discuss Washington's win streak and how he felt about the Sean Taylor installation. Kevin on where the Commanders players stand in the Pro Bowl voting. Scott Jackson on why Washington's win Sunday meant so much.
Vailes ("Joye") Shepperd is a captivating author. There are few historical novels about the successful Black experience before, during and after slavery. Because of a lack of documentation about the African American experience and culture during the early part of U.S. history, A Good Ending for Bad Memories (Bold Story Press, 2021), while fiction, is a true account of Black reality and culture in the U.S. It is full of compelling characters and rich settings, and adds to an important narrative. "Our history was not compiled and kept like others, but we all know stories that are important to know," Vailes relates. Her book's characters bring to life multiple aspects of the American Black experience, and her readers, like me, are the beneficiaries of her shared work. A Good Ending for Bad Memories is a richly sensual novel about a prosperous African American family before, during, and after slavery. It threads truth, folklore, legend and fact, in a captivating exploration of a family's complex legacy. The plot frames their experiences and events in the United States, as well as in Mexico and Egypt. Vailes brings her characters to life in a way I have not experienced, in recent memories. She shares that her brother is a poet but, I believe, Vailes's work sometimes reads like poetry. Vailes is one of the founding/member editors of the Washington Independent Review of Books (www.wirobooks.com), which began when The Washington Post ceased publishing Book World. She interviewed authors and wrote regular articles about writing for the Washington Independent Review. She designed a writing program for high school students while teaching in a Saturday program under the auspices of Substance Abuse Prevention Education. Vailes was editor of The African Safari by P.J. Fetner (St. Martin's Press) and Take Me with You by Scott Jackson, President and CEO of Global Impact. Her short story, "Monroe" was published in an anthology of women writing about men, Brothers and Others. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and, sometimes, two sons. A Good Ending for Bad Memories is the first of four upcoming books. When asked what she does to become her best version, Vailes explains that "sometimes you just have to make a decision, like 'This is a good day. I am thankful to have this day and I'm going to make it the best I can. I'm going to smile at this. I'm going to look at something beautiful and smile.'" Vailes reminds us to be intentional about what we ingest with our minds. We all have the ability to control, more or less, what we allow into our orbit. Learn more (and check out her blog) here: https://linktr.ee/vailesshepperd https://www.vailesshepperdbooks.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maria-leonard-olsen/support