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