Akshay Nanavati – Living Life on the Other Side of Fear and Suffering

Jul 31, 2020 | Mental Health, Visionary Men

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Akshay Nanavati is a former Marine who has survived PTSD, Depression, Alcoholism and Suicidal Ideation to build a global business, run Ultra Marathons and embark upon endurance feats in some of the most hostile places on Earth.

He is also the author of the book Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth and Happiness.

akshay and I discussed the following in this episode:

  • The problem in the world of people running away from suffering under the illusion of making things better and avoiding pain.

  • How the suffering of seeking out a worthy struggle is more fulfilling and meaningful.

  • Why shattering our beliefs, paradigms and being is necessary in moving forward, the willingness to say “if not this then what”?

  • The problem Akshay sees in the statement “I am enough” in the self help community and it’s connotations of having arrived.

  • Tapping into the duality and extremities of life, for example ego and humility at their extremes, contentment and discontent, suffering and recovering.

  • The mind journey Akshay goes on when running ultra distances his relationship with the pain and how he transcends that – he sees suffering as a training ground for self transcendence.

  • How Akshay experienced a dark room retreat recently, and how he went through halleucanagentic experiences, the discussion around inducing states of mind via shortcuts through psychadelics.

  • Why there is massive value in the opinions of addicts because of the journey that they have been on in recovering from their addictions.

  • Akshay’s views around meaning, emotion & thought and how he has used reframing in order to drive forward – he talks about relentlessly thinking in the meta – what am I thinking right now?

  • The Legacy and Legend concept that Akshay uses for past achievements and who you are at your best.

  • How we can step into different sides of our self consciously depending on what we are doing. 

    To find out more about akshay and how to get in touch with him:

    Akshay’s Website

    Akshay on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

    Akshay on Youtube



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