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Enlightened-ish Podcast with Brad Wetzler

Enlightened-ish Podcast

Listen to Brad tell stories and share hard lessons learned from his adventures around the world and his decade-long quest to heal himself of depression and to cope with addiction and trauma. Enlightened-ish with Brad Wetzler Podcast happens weekly on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 


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Learn how to tell your life story with more power and grace in one of Brad's online writing classes or by working one-on-one with him. Brad can help you develop, structure, write, and finish your book. 

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Join Brad every Tuesday and Thursday morning for live online yoga classes. Brad teaches vinyasa or flow yoga, and his classes are suitable for all levels of experience. Connect with your body and heart through the power and wisdom of yoga. 


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Brad Wetzler's Books and Articles

Books and Articles

Stay up-to-date on Brad's forthcoming memoir, Adventures in Healing: My Decade-Long, Round-the-World Quest to Heal Depression and Cope with Addiction and Trauma (Hachette, 2023) and on articles and essays he publishes.



Brad's Books and Articles

Episode 7: Living Your Authentic, True Self

In this episode, Brad Wetzler revisits Siddhartha, the classic spiritual novel by Hermann Hesse, and discusses the concepts of "true self" and "authenticity." What do these words actually mean? He asks, how do we locate our true self? And how do we live from our true self? What is the cost of living in our true self?  Is he--are you--courageous enough to become who you really are? As Alan Watts might say, Are you ready to walk away from the unspoken agreements holding you back, to live your dharma, "your weird"?  Doesn't the world need your true, authentic self, your full-blown weird? I think you know the answer: Yes, it does.

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Music credit: "sun of the most high" by ketsa

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Episode 6: Finding Faith in Ourselves 

In this episode, author, journalist, yoga & mindfulness teacher, and seeker Brad Wetzler unpacks and shares the life lessons he learned on a pilgrimage to Mount Arunachala, the great Shiva mountain in southern India.  He discusses his definition of the words "spiritual" and "faith," and he discusses how being humiliated on the mountain led him to see his path in life more clearly, and eventually helped him heal depression and cope with childhood trauma. Finally, he shares how the powerful Buddhist metta meditation practice helped him heal and grow--and how you can embrace metta, too. 

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Episode 5: Landscape of the Heart

Brad tells the story of a recent road trip across New Mexico and Colorado--and into the core of his own heart. What is the heart? What does it mean to drop into the heart? Is all this heart talk even real except to poets and romantics? Brad answers these questions, and he comes to a surprising conclusion about what enlightenment actually is. Hint: Cows do it.

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Music credit: "sun of the most high" by ketsa


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Episode 4: Adventures in Faith

 In this episode, I tell the story of my pilgrimage to Arunachala, the great Shiva mountain in southern India. While circling the conical peak while chanting Om Namah Shivaya, I encounter the ego-destroying god Shiva. And I come closer to what I've been seeking for decades. I get a glimpse of my true self. Moreover, I realize that I have far more faith than I imagined. The lesson I learned? Faith is not belief in a concept. Faith is a verb. To have faith is to trust in one's own experience.




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Read the Advance Praise for Brad Wetzler's forthcoming memoir...


Adventures in Healing:

My Decade-Long, Round-the-World Quest to Heal Depression and Cope with Addiction and Trauma

"In the age of toxic masculinity and "mansplaining;" in a country in which most violent crimes are committed by men, Brad Wetzler's Adventures in Healing offers a powerful, profound, and deeply personal road map for actively cultivating a different kind of manhood. As a young journalist in the 90s, Wetzler had it all: an amazing, enviable job as a travel and adventure journalist that sent him all over the world on assignments; a home in beautiful Santa Fe; a loving marriage. At the height of magazine journalism, Wetzler's passport was littered with stamps, and he edited and wrote features for high-profile magazines like the New York Times, George, National Geographic, and many others. He commissioned Jon Krakauer's piece about the lost climbers of Mt. Everest that later became the international bestselling book and hit movie, Into Thin Air. 

But then the demons and trauma from his childhood caught up with him, and he sunk into a depression that increasing amounts of prescription drugs could not solve, and soon found himself divorced, essentially house-bound, and physically unhealthy.

He hit rock bottom when a friend - who was on a similar cocktail of medications -- died by suicide. Shiva Blues traces his road to recovery, from a checkpoint in Palestine to the cave of a 100-year-old yogi in India. He kicks the drugs, finds yoga, moves to Colorado, and learns -- through the love of friends, animals, and a hard-won spiritual awakening that can't be put into any particular dogmatic box -- to be a man that is not celebrated often enough. A man of wisdom, kindness, insight, tenderness, and sensitivity.

Through energetic and lively prose, Wetzler takes us inside the heart and mind of a man who refuses to conform to society's restrictive notion of manhood, and instead presents a new path for men to walk. This is not an easy path, Wetzler is clear, but we've never needed it more." –Emily Rapp Black, author of The Still Point of the Turning World and Sanctuary


"As a far-flung journalist and celebrated editor, Brad Wetzler has led the very definition of an adventurous life, but in Adventures in Healing, he'll give an unflinching account of his interior adventures. Wetzler’s soulful quest, by turns anguished and transcendent, will resonate with readers around the world who struggle to find purpose and a sense of the holy in the ambient jitter of the digital age."  Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on His Trail, and others


"I've followed Brad Wetzler's travels around the globe with envy and admiration for more than two decades. From what I've read, Adventures in Healing promises to be his most fascinating journey yet." –Mark Adams, author of Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000 mile journey around the Last Great American Frontier.


"Brad Wetzler is one of the best adventure writers I know. Now he's taking us on one of the biggest adventures of all -- a journey into the deepest reaches of his own life -- and I could not be more eager to see where it leads." –Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, Lance Armstrong's War, Hardball, and others.

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