Ep 15: "Facing Fear and Shifting Gears" Zen Habit #10: Enjoy The Ride!
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
3M ago
"Sometimes it's better to travel than arrive"-Robert M. Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"Life doesn't always take you where you think you want to go. Enjoy the ride anyway! Sometimes we get lost or make a mistake, but as painter Bob Ross would say, you can turn a mistake into a "happy mistake" if you choose to.********************************"Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" is a podcast about mental health, neurodiversity, and changing our perspective when life brings us challenges, in order to heal and thrive!My name is Leslie Reyes, and I'm the author of the IndieBRAG awar ..read more
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Ep 05: Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: "Toxic Positivity: How Can Being Positive Be a Toxic Thing?"
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
Toxic Positivity: What is it and how can being positive be a toxic thing? Don't we WANT to be optimistic, happy, positive people? Yes, but when is being "positive" inappropriate and stunting our growth and transformation in life? I'll tell you in this podcast how to honor our grief and sorrow so we can turn a challenging time in our life into a positive breakthrough and change! "Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" is a podcast about mental health, neurodiversity, and changing our perspective when life brings us challenges, in order to heal and thrive! My name is Leslie Reyes, and I'm a mental hea ..read more
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Ep. 02: Fear of Cheer and Happiness. "Cherophobia". It's a Real Thing.
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
Yes, it's really a thing. Cherophobia is the Fear of being happy. Why would anyone be afraid to be happy? Cherophobia is not recognized as an official diagnosis in the DSM-V, but it is something recognized as falling under an anxiety disorder. Sometimes people are afraid to allow themselves to be "happy" or experience joy because they fear something bad will happen. This can happen to people who grew up around mental illness, domestic abuse, chemical dependency, or alcoholism. Every day, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Just when things were going well, something bad was bound to happen. Th ..read more
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Ep 14 "Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" Zen Habit #9: Practice Good Habits Often & Commit Yourself to the Process
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
Learning a new process can be tedious and boring. But the truth is, the moments we are living in make up our life. Just like the quote by Allen Saunders which was made famous by John Lennon says: "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans". So, learning to enjoy the process instead of waiting to get to the destination.*********************************"Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" is a podcast about mental health, neurodiversity, and changing our perspective when life brings us challenges, in order to heal and thrive!My name is Leslie Reyes, and I'm the author of the IndieBR ..read more
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Ep 12: "Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" Zen Habit #7: Look in the Direction You Want to Go, Not Where You Don't Want to Go"
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
My Zen Motorcycle Habit #7 "Look in the Direction You Want to Go, Not Where You Don't Want to Go" is probably my favorite. It is the one thing that really helps with the "fight or flight" fear response, not just on the motorcycle, but in life as well.When you think of what you want in life, are you actually thinking in terms of what you don't want? "I don't want to be vulnerable", "I don't want to be rejected", "I don't want to be poor", "I don't want to end up homeless", "I don't want to lose my job", "I don't want to crash my motorcycle"Or are you thinking in terms of what you do want? "I wa ..read more
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Ep 11: "Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" Zen Habit #6: If You Fall Down, Get Back Up
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
Something about dropping a motorcycle makes you feel so stupid, even if you are not hurt, and even if it is not broken. There were so many times, while I was shopping for my first bike, that I saw motorcycles at the dealership with about 50 miles on them, and one scratch on one side. It was obvious, someone had fallen and not gotten back up.When we fall down, and give up, most of the time it is our ego that prevents us from moving forward. But when we make mistakes or fail at something in life, we can look at it as an opportunity to practice recovering from a fall. We can use these opportuniti ..read more
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Ep 10: "Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" Zen Habit #5: If You Don't Know Something, Learn
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
Learning new things requires us to take our time and go at our own pace. Learning new things also requires facing our fears. Not just when we are learning to do things that are physically challenging, or even dangerous, but also learning things that disrupt what we previously believed to be true. People are afraid to learn about things that challenge everything they are comfortable believing. Sometimes, we get emotionally attached to our thoughts and beliefs, even when we see and learn evidence t the contrary. It takes letting go of our ego sometimes to admit when we are wrong and to accept wh ..read more
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Ep 09: Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: "If You Break Something, Fix It"
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
My Fourth Zen Principle of Good Motorcycle Riding Habits in Chapter Four of "The Zen of Learning to Ride a Motorcycle" is "If You Break Something, Fix It"We are living in a disposable society. Instant gratification, then throw it away. We don't fix things or recycle things nearly as much as we could, and this includes not just physical things like vacuum cleaners or television sets. It also includes relationships, ambitions, and spiritual beliefs. We don't always do things as "perfectly" as we'd like. Sometimes we mess things up. It doesn't have to be a big production when something goes wrong ..read more
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Ep 08 "Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" Why I'm Leaving Nursing Now to Take Care of My Future Self
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
In this week's episode, I'm discussing chapter three of my book "The Zen of Learning to Ride a Motorcycle", which is the #3 Zen Principle of Good Motorcycle Riding Habits: To Think and Plan Ahead, and Take Care of Your Future Self.When we do thing like use credit cards, leave dirty dishes in the sink, or when we don't wear all of our motorcycle gear, we are "stealing from our future selves". When we take care of our daily responsibilities, and when we wear our motorcycle gear, we are taking care of our future selves, and we can fully enjoy the present moment.I'm both in the process of taking c ..read more
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Ep 06: "Facing Fears and Shifting Gears": Don't React! Respond to Life Instead. But, What's the Difference?
Facing Fears and Shifting Gears: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Making Positive Changes
by Leslie Reyes
4M ago
Reacting Versus Responding: What is the difference? Reacting is a prehistoric instinct. Responding is a cultivated skill. How does it benefit us to retrain our brain to learn to pause to respond, and put our prefrontal cortex in charge. "Facing Fears and Shifting Gears" is a podcast about mental health, neurodiversity, and changing our perspective when life brings us challenges, in order to heal and thrive! My name is Leslie Reyes, and I'm a mental health nurse, yoga teacher, motorcycle enthusiast, and the author of the indieBRAG award-winning Amazon best-seller, "The Zen of Learning to Ride a ..read more
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