You Can’t Heal PTSD While You’re Still on the Battlefield

Neil StraussAdvice

“You can’t heal PTSD while you’re still on the battlefield.” This is a thought I’ve shared many times while coaching. Here’s what it means: I believe that healing your traumas is one of the most important missions you can take on in your life. BUT if you are trying to get over the wounds of your childhood, particularly the limited … Read More

Are you being medicated?

Neil StraussAdvice

For Father’s Day, I took my son to the Great Wolf Lodge water park near Los Angeles. And one thing I noticed was that the place was filled with candy stores and fast food restaurants for the kids… And for the adults, there were bars serving alcohol… And I realized that, from the moment you can walk, you start getting … Read More

To Live and Die in LA Podcast

Neil StraussMissing Persons

In February 2018, Adea Shabani, a 25-year-old acting student who’d moved to Los Angeles a year and a half earlier to pursue her dreams of becoming a star, vanished out of nowhere from her Hollywood Boulevard apartment. The door was left unlocked. At the time, there were no leads and no witnesses. This is the story of what happened next… … Read More

Fake Survival Mode

Neil StraussAdvice

In order to survive, we need: Food Water Shelter Warmth Safety If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that this year, and in the near future, the first four survival needs are not ever going to be a concern. As for safety, if you live in the United States, your chances of dying due to violence or injury is .07 percent. … Read More

My All-Purpose Holiday Gift & End of Year Lessons

Neil StraussNew Years

Here’s a quick holiday suite of messages, plus a few more lessons from the fires. Thanks for the great responses, via email and in person. Glad the epiphany landed with you too. If you’re seeing family over the holidays, then this is your big chance to put everything you’ve learned during the Year of Deep Inner Game into practice. I’ve often … Read More

Try This Simple Water Hack Every Day

Richard ArthurAdvice, biohacking

A few months ago, I spent most of my nights tossing and turning, wondering why I couldn’t go to sleep. Normally, insomnia has psychological causes, like going through difficult times, or feeling excited about something that is about to happen. But there really wasn’t anything like that happening in my life. I was generally feeling great, working out, and meditating … Read More

Your Second Brain

Richard ArthurAdvice, biohacking

You have a second brain that helps run the one in your head. You see, there is something living inside of your gut. To be more specific, there is a whole ecosystem of living creatures, of microbes, living inside your body that, combined with a vast neural network, make up what’s known as your second brain. To be clear, this … Read More

Lessons I Learned From Losing Everything Two Days Ago

Neil StraussAdvice, Survival

These past few days have been an emotional roller-coaster—with one of my biggest life lessons at the lowest point of the ride. This blog post is as much for you as it is for me, so that I can remember and internalize the epiphany of this week. Some of you may not even relate to it. But it’s an interesting … Read More

Evacuation Advice from a Survivalist

Neil StraussSurvival

If you read Emergency, you’ll remember there was an urban survivalist who ran onPoint Tactical Training, who taught me how to pick locks, hotwire cars, escape from handcuffs, and so many more just-plain-cool survival skills. That survivalist is Kevin Reeve.  Upon hearing that parts of California are evacuating in record numbers (including my community in Malibu) due to the unprecedented wildfires, Kevin sent … Read More