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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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Brad Wetzler Writing Coach and Memoir Instructor

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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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Live Online Yoga Classes

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.

For more info about Brad Wetzler, visit bradwetzler.com

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.

For more info about Brad Wetzler, visit bradwetzler.com

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.

 

 

 

For more info about Brad Wetzler, visit bradwetzler.com

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Episode 3: Spiritual Ambition (Is A Good Thing)

In this episode, I discuss the ways in which having spiritual ambition has helped me to transform and how great spiritual teachers have emphasized this, too. I tell a story about my pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine helped launch me into a decade-long period of inner exploration. The Buddha himself, the man or myth, had to "dream big" in order to achieve Enlightenment. Otherwise, he'd never have achieved his goal of liberation. How can you set your spiritual goals? Listen to Episode 3 of Enlightened-ish for more information and inspiration to help you with your spiritual evolution. 

Brad Wetzler is an author, journalist, podcaster, and yoga/meditation teacher.  You can read more about Brad and his teaching and coaching offerings at bradwetzler.com

 

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

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Episode 2: Being a Good Human

This week I talk about how I shifted away from seeking "enlightenment" and total emotional healing by leaning into my humanness. As a result, I deepened my connection with myself and felt closer to something greater, as well.  If you're trapped in the quest for enlightenment, I hope you'll chew on this.

I discuss more self-forgiving, less painful ways to practice. (It doesn't have to be torturous.) I talk about the pitfalls of self-absorption and victim-ness, and I offer one way that we can transcend these bad habits. Those of us who have co-dependent tendencies or suffer from traumas (and who doesn't?) have options to see ourselves differently.

Last, I talk about what it means to live a life with heart.  

For more information about my writing, coaching, and writing or yoga classes, please visit bradwetzler.com.

Welcome to Enlightened-ish with Brad Wetzler.

In this first episode, Brad discusses the who, what, where, when, and why of his new podcast. We humans have big brains that serve us in many ways. But our thinking brains also cause trouble for us, particularly when we forget how flawed and flat wrong our thoughts can be.  Our thinking brains can wind up causing us to become more separated from others and even ourselves. Meanwhile, we humans have big hearts, the feeling part of us that unites us and allows for cooperation and even love. Yet, over time, our hearts can become armored up and difficult to access. Brad proposes that, in the Enlightened-ish Podcast, he will seek to build a bridge between the thinking brain and the heart.  Through storytelling, reporting and inquiry, and occasional interviews with guest experts, Brad, an award-winning journalist, author, adventure writer, and yoga teacher,  hopes that the Enlightened-ish Podcast will become a home and a community for spiritual seekers and others interested in how we can live meaningful lives and heal from our individual and collective traumas that prevent us from living our best life together.

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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