Navitas: Latin for energy; get up and go

PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) seems to be everywhere in recent years. Since 60% of men and 50% of women will experience at least one trauma in their life, it isn’t much of a surprise.

PTSD is a mental health problem that may develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It could begin as upsetting memories, a feeling of being on edge, or trouble sleeping. It can increase in intensity and make normal daily activities such as going to work, going to school, and spending time with people very difficult. Severe symptoms of recurring nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression and even suicide can occur.

For the past six months I’ve been training and practicing a new technique designed to greatly alleviate PTSD and PTSD-like symptoms. The primary technique is called Neurokinesis and it is an intervention, not a therapy, counseling or medication. This intervention works directly on the brain. Once your learn it, it is a tool that you can use at any time.

Some of the very cool features of Neurokinesis include it being content-free. Meaning that you don’t need to share or relive any past experience. You won’t keep telling your story. Whatever you choose to work on is up to you and can remain private. Working with me doesn’t require a diagnosis or medication, and Neurokinesis doesn’t interfere with any medication you might be on.

PTSD isn’t only caused by war, assault or natural disasters. PTSD can develop from any level of trauma including divorce, death of a loved one, bullying, and unfortunately much more. There is even Secondary PTSD which can develop in someone exposed to a person with PTSD. The trauma could have happened to you, been witnessed by you, or you could love someone battling PTSD and end up with symptoms of your own. It is insidious.

If you or anyone you know is looking for help with PTSD and PTSD-like symptoms, please reach out to me and lets talk. I’m very excited with the gains I’ve seen people make with Neurokinesis and some of the other techniques I have been certified with. From the very first session, you’ll experience a difference. The recommendation of five weekly sessions can have you well on your way to being in charge of your life again. Contact me at andy@navitascoach.com

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What if nothing is wrong? What if your brain is doing exactly what it is meant to, trying to survive you.

I’ve been Galactivated!

This weekend I took part in a magical, mystical, bizarre, silly, powerful, indescribable event known as a Galactic Activation. This was thanks to my involvement with The Modern Mystery School and it happened on the one year anniversary of my Life Activation, and since I did a before and after video for that, I did again for this. This event was over two days, so this video has four segments, and a few of them might even make sense!

Galactic ActivationLearn more at:
HealingBoston.com
ModernMysterySchoolInt.com

I’ll share an update on this in the coming weeks or months to share how things have changed for me since the activation.

Happiness Jar

In 2014 I began a Happiness Jar. The idea is to jot down a highlight of your day on a scrap of paper and put it into a jar each day, then read all the notes on New Year’s Eve. My jar was full five months into 2014, and being a stickler for rules, I refused to do anything about it because it wasn’t New Year’s yet. By the time 2014 came to an end, I was in no mood to explore my own happiness. So, please make use of a Happiness Jar but don’t get caught up in any rules around it.

Happiness FireI like bringing fire into any ritual I do, so after I read my notes I burned them all on New Year’s Day. This is optional and should only be done if you can do it safely! Burning down your home is NOT something you’ll want to add into a note for your next jar.

You can add whatever extra steps you would like to your own Happiness Jar, or Happiness Fish Tank! Make a family jar, add to it weekly, read them back monthly, quarterly, whenever you need a lift, or turn it into a time capsule and don’t read them for years as I did.

The Happiness Jar
I heard of this from author Elizabeth Gilbert.
Every night write down the happiest moment of your day on a scrap of paper and save it in a jar.

It could be:
-surprise gifts
-compliments
-accomplished goals
-laugh out loud moments
-the beauty of nature
-favorite moments
-moments to appreciate
-thoughts of gratitude…
-any memory you want to save.

It takes just a few seconds each day to do this.
Then on New Year’s Eve (or whenever you feel like it!) open your jar and read each item. Be prepared to be blown away.

Enjoy!

I’m seeing a lot of people complaining about what a bad year 2016 and how they can’t wait for it to be over and good riddance to it. I’m not buying it.

My 2016 was a year of fun and joy. That’s doesn’t mean every moment of the past year went exactly as I wanted it to. But I’ve learned from past experience not to put down or label an entire year as horrible due to a few bad moments.

In numerology, 2016 was the Year of Completion, and many celebrities and family members did have their lives come to an end in 2016, but while the timing may certainly have been a surprise the fact that human beings pass on is not. The fact that you and I have gotten through some loss and grief is a testimony to our resilience. I love when the whole world celebrates the lives of greats such as Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael and the many other artists, leaders and friends lost in 2016.

Early in 2016 I realized it had been more than two years since my wife, Lori, and I had taken a true vacation. So in April we ran down to Universal Studios in Orlando for all the fun of Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We had such a blast on the rides and realized we hadn’t been to amusement parks recently so, the East Coast Coaster Tour was born and in July we visited 5 amusement parks and rode 42 different roller coasters. Then in October I had one of the best weeks of my life as I explored the national parks of Utah with a bunch of friends from my hometown of Leominster to celebrate most of us turning 50. Considering that the last two Decembers had me quite down and riddled with suicidal thoughts, the notion of turning 50 – let alone celebrating it – still blows me away.

UtahThis year featured two initiations for me. In March I became an Initiate in the Modern Mystery School and I’ve loved all the experiences and people I’ve met as well as the rituals that have become a part of my daily life. While in October I was initiated into the brotherhood of new warriors that is the ManKind Project. Their New Warrior Training Adventure was the 47th multi-day personal growth event I’ve attended in the last eight years and it was nothing short of miraculous for me. In 2017 I’ll continue my journey in both groups and continue to bang the drum and encourage more people to explore them as well.

One of the biggest ways I’ve stepped out in the past year was by creating Real Men Feel which consists of groups, a website, blog and weekly podcast. I can’t thank my co-host Appio Hunter enough for stepping out into the unknown with me when I first asked him to join me on the show in February. 40 episodes later it has become a highlight of each week for the both of us. I’ve continued to have amazing experiences with the Akashic Records and set a new personal best with 25 readings in one day in November. I was also blessed with some very brave coaching clients whose transformations I got to assist and witness. All of my books continued to find new readers and receive great reviews. I achieved my goal of entering the audiobook arena this year with three of my titles as well. 

I saw Paul McCartney for the first time and I saw Kiss for the 25th time (maybe more). I presented workshops in three new places, I premiered my “To Be A Man” presentation, and facilitated a monthly in-person men’s group. I was interviewed on numerous radio shows, webinars, and podcasts.

Why do I share a list of favorite moments from the past year? Is it to feed my ego and show off? No. Well, not completely. I do this for me because it feels great. I write this to remind myself that despite deaths in the family, despite needing to get live-in care for my dad, despite feeling down and low for the first week of the year – 2016 was 98% free of depression and suicidal thoughts and I was welcomed with open arms into two great communities.

I share this to remind and encourage you to do the same thing. Take a few minutes to mentally review each of the past 12 months for wins, laughter, and little (or big) moments you may have forgotten about. Allow yourself to move forward with a bit of joy and a lot of gratitude – even for the things that didn’t exactly seem to go your way. Recall the Chinese blessing, “May you live in interesting times.” Well, we certainly do.

All and all, another year of highs and lows. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Enjoying Life Is The Best Suicide Prevention Tool There IsLast week I had the privilege of being on the Dr. Stem Show – Living Fearlessly Outloud on Radio Outloud with Dr. Stem Mahlatini. We discussed my experiences with depression and suicide attempts as well as some of the lessons in my book, Still Here: How to Succeed in Life After Failing At Suicide.

From The Show:
Suicide is a tragic event with strong emotional repercussions for its survivors and for families of its victims. In 2014 there were  more than 42,000 people in the U.S. who killed themselves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the 10th leading cause of death overall. The numbers are astounding and a reminder that LIFE is precious. With enough education, empowerment, and encouragement our guest Andy Grant reminds us that enjoying and living life fearlessly out loud is the best suicide prevention.

The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 12.93 per 100,000 individuals. Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women. On average, there are 117 suicides per day. White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2014. From 1999 to 2014, suicide rates in the United States rose among most age groups. Men and women from 45 to 64 had a sharp increase. Rates fell among those age 75 and older. The increases were so widespread that they lifted the nation’s suicide rate to 13 per 100,000 people, the highest since 1986 a concern that needs to be addressed as we face the holiday season.

Andy teaches workshops ranging from energy tools to ebook publishing, and is the founder of Real Men Feel, a movement encouraging men to come out of the emotional closet. Andy is committed to helping people realize how magnificent life is meant to be. Andy believes happiness is a learnable skill and no matter what has happened in the past, no matter how we feel right now, we are all capable of feeling happier and enjoying our lives even more.

“Enjoying life is the best suicide prevention tool there is.” Andy Grant

For Further Insight:
Follow Andy on Twitter
Connect on Facebook
Books: Amazon.com/author/AndyGrant
Andy’s Real Men Feel Podcast: Real Men Feel on iTunes

If you are in an emotional crisis PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out for help, now! Call 1-800-273-TALK in the United States. Visit suicide.org for international numbers.

Scary Mail

I received a letter in the mail before Thanksgiving and I’ve been resisting opening it.
Who sent it? What am I afraid of?
Watch now to find out.

 

Love LetterExplore sending a love letter, a pick-me up, a pep-talk, note to yourself. Ideally, wait long enough to open it that you won’t recall what you wrote, then allow yourself to be surprised, touched, proud, grateful…

This weekend I attended the Graduation and Homecoming event for the New Warrior Training Adventure weekend I completed two weeks ago. It is a powerful, transformative event put on by The ManKind Project. I made before and after videos and dedicated an episode of the Real Men Feel podcast to it as well. You can dig in to all of that goodness right here. That episode has quickly become the most popular show we’ve done yet and I’ve heard feedback from men, and a couple of women, from all over the world.

I really can’t recommend the New Warrior Training Adventure enough. At homecoming I got to witness what partners and spouses have seen in their men since they’ve returned and got to learn more about all the amazing thinks MKP is up to. There is even a women’s version of the weekend called Women Within.

I attended the NWTA weekend to gain some clarity over my own work with men and whether Real Men Feel was really something worth continuing with. The work I experienced and witnessed, along with the overwhelming feedback I’ve received via email, online and in-person regarding the podcast has left me with no doubt about my mission.

I also learned my animal name, Fun-Loving Chipmunk, which I am enjoying more every day.

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My man card, or rather my New Warrior certificate.

Man Certification

I cannot encourage men to explore the ManKind Project strongly enough, and women please check out Women Within. It isn’t just a female version, it is a weekend created by and for women. There is also program for boys and one for men behind bars.

I’ll be volunteering at the next New Warrior Training Adventure being held in Massachusetts in March 2017. I hope to see you there.

It’s been over a month since I’ve done a video. I don’t like going that long, but sometimes going with the flow of life means dealing with things you don’t like. Such as the way this video keeps freezing towards the end of it, perhaps my trusty old Mac isn’t as trusty as she once was.

Regardless, the point of the message remains. Be willing to have an uncomfortable conversation. Most people don’t like to talk about death, most don’t like to talk about money either, but talking about both can be one of the most important conversations you ever have with your family.

Be good to yourself,
Andy

Here’s a brief taste of Arches National Park, Utah

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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

 

 

Double Arch

Double Arch, Utah

Today has been a long day, ending a challenging time for my family. As someone who often speaks of authenticity and founded Real Men Feel, this is one of those videos I knew I had to make.

For Marilyn

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If you’ve been following me closely you may recall that in July I had animal communicator, Diana van Trijffel-Pak do a reading for my dog, Sadie. If you don’t recall and want to get up to speed, read this.

During that session this happened – “Suddenly she (Sadie) asks if you could also do that Akashic thing for her. I tell her that I don’t know, if they are done for animals. I suppose it could be done. I tell her to pass on the request.”

Today, I finally got around to doing that Akashic thing.  When I do readings for clients it is over the phone or Skype. When I do readings for myself, it is usually silent and I write everything I’m asking and receiving. For Sadie I decided to do it on video and speak everything out loud.

Here’s what happened…

Sadie

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