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The Reality Check Podcast
40 minutes | Nov 19, 2022
Forever Cursed To Sing - On The Process Of Healing
It is possible to heal from trauma, neglect and abuse. The process is slow and painful but ultimately rewarding. I open this episode with the poem Forever Cursed To Sing, using it to highlight to journey I have taken thus far, as well as sharing the lessons learnt. Keep Turning Upinstagram.com/kink_sex_positiveThe Kinky Conversations Podcast1 on 1 mindset coaching Get $30 off Calmigo with coupon code ‘zacpphillips’Read ‘How To Get Your Sh!t Together’ - The last self-help book you will ever need Please rate, review and share this episode!
38 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
Managing The Mundane, Waking Anxiety & Loneliness Despite Success
Today I muse on the impact of the modern world on my inner mental state, how anxiety seems to download 5 minutes after I wake, and why despite success online I still feel lonely. I also discuss our lack of silence, wondering if our ability to constantly distract ourselves could be detrimental.Overcome Philosophical Traps - bloginstagram.com/kink_sex_positive - instagram account Get $30 off Calmigo with coupon code ‘zacpphillips’Read ‘How To Get Your Sh!t Together’ - The last self-help book you will ever need Please rate, review and share this episode!
19 minutes | Oct 30, 2022
Anxiety Attacks & The Power of Calm Breathing
I struggle with anxiety attacks and moments of overwhelm. Calm breathing helps - unfortunately, I don’t always remember to do it. In this episode I share some approaches to calm breathing, as well as introduce the ‘CalmiGo’ - a device that helps you to slow down your breathing and ground you. I use it daily. Get $30 off Calmigo with coupon code ‘zacpphillips’How To Get Your Sh!t Together- book10 Relaxation Breaths - blog10 Slow Relaxing Breaths - guided meditation Please rate, review and share this episode!
23 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Finding Purpose & Saving Lives
In this episode I talk about my approach to my online work, as well as the mental processors that have been holding me back. I release everything I do, for free, because I don’t want money to be a barrier for life saving advice. I moved out of home at 16. Back then I couldn’t afford food, let alone a book or therapy. So now I want to ensure that people who are in a similar situation to me have access to the advice, techniques, tools and resources that helped me to survive. Links mentioned:How To Get Your Sh!t TogetherMental Health Check ListCreative Writing For HealingPlease rate, review and share this episode!
20 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Consistently Inconsistent - Deconstructing Trauma Narratives
What is the point of trying to advance ourselves when it is foreseeable that we will feel down regardless?In the episode I share my waking mental state, deconstructing the narratives that plague me. Links mentioned:At Least You Are Paid WellWage SlavePlease rate, review and share this episode!
28 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
Focusing On Failure Despite Lots Of Success
My brain tends to dwell on failure and quickly disregard success. In this episode, I share my recent failure (and some successes) and discuss the reasons why it may be the case that we cannot easily move beyond our failings, despite them being insignificant and probably irrelevant to our current life.I also read It Is Never The Right Time So Stop Stalling & Do It Now, from How To Get Your Shit Together Links mentioned:The Myth Of Normal - Gabor Mate1 on 1 Mindset Coaching & MentoringPlease rate, review and share this episode!
17 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
I Can’t Tell If I Am Hungry
Am I starving or full? What am I actually craving to eat? When should I stop? And why does it feel like love and food are intertwined? Recovering from trauma is a long and complex. My current, and longest, battle is around re-establishing the mind-body connection. I want to be know what I am feeling and what those feelings actually mean. To do this I will be counting-calories. Not to lose weight, but to teach myself what the feelings that arise actually mean - without the added fear, anxiety and ignorance. Please help me to stay on track with this!Trigger warning for this episode: eating disorders Links mentioned:Can’t Quite Express (book)Social: @zacpphillipsPlease rate, review and share this episode!
41 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
The Problem With Labels - On Gender Identity, Mental Health, & Race
Who and what I am cannot be condensed into a label. What is a diagnosis other than a collection of symptoms? In this episode I talk about my experiences with mental illness and gender identity, and how the attempt to fit a label can have detrimental consequences.Trigger warning on this episode: gender, mental health, suicide. Links:Kinky Conversations PodcastHow To Get Your Sh!t TogetherSocial: @zacpphillipsEmail: email@example.com Please rate, review and share this episode!
27 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Embracing The Irrational Mind
How much of our decision making process is a function of the unconscious mind? How many of our choices are rationally justified after the fact? Join me for an investigation into the workings of the mind and consider if we are fated to do as we do. I also share Back To Scrolling from the book Bound to the Wings of a Butterfly Please rate, review and share this episode!
21 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Can Art Ever Be Pure?
In this episode I share the introduction and conclusion to the book ‘Bound to the Wings of a Butterfly’. Bound to the Wings of a Butterfly is a collection of poetry, written as an act of writing therapy. It is about healing, recovery, and self-acceptance. About the journey of discovery that comes with true internal healing, and about transforming our lives, towards positivity, beauty, and love. It introduces the process of writing poetry to heal. Breaking down the barriers to artistic expression, empowering the reader to pick up a pen, look inside, and let the words flow. Encouraging them to brave the darkness and to discover the light. It is out now as an eBook, paperback, hardcover & I narrate the audiobook.Please rate, review and share this episode!
18 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Do You Love Me, Or Just The Idea Of Me?
In this episode I discuss the impact of over-analysing emotions of others and how excessively reading into tone/facial expressions/word choice can lead to the exact opposite outcomes from what was intended.I also discuss my positive experiences with the initial stages of EMDR.Links mentioned:Do You Love Me, Or Just The Idea Of Me? - poemPlease rate, review and share this episode!
44 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Abortion, Religion, Guns & The Fall Of An Empire
Some of my responses to the current state of political turmoil engulfing the United States, as well as the potential flow on impacts for the rest of the world. If you are here for my personal opinion either way, you will be disappointed. I hope to highlight other angles of the issue as well as push for nuance, communication, detachment and rationality. I don’t have high hopes for a positive resolution however... Links mentioned:An Apology To The Future - poemThe Kinky Conversations Podcast Please rate, review and share this episode!
111 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Introducing The Kinky Conversations Podcast (R18+ Content Warning)
In this episode I introduce The Kinky Conversations Podcast, share its mind blowing immediate successes and play you the first interview!About: “Welcome to the Kinky Conversations Podcast, where consent is king, pleasure is queen, and exploration of sexual expression is the name of the game!Join your host, Zachary Phillips, as he interviews real people to find out what is really happening behind closed doors. Nothing is off limits!”Links mentioned:The Kinky Conversations Podcast@kink_sex_positive - Instagram
16 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Stepping Into The Future While Running From The Past
Why does growth feel like escaping from quicksand? In this episode I discuss some of the new projects I am working on, and the impact of taking these steps is having on my mental state. Growth is both my goal and a necessity, but that just adds to the pressure. Thus the risk of failure is increased. Trigger warning on the introductory poem.Links mentioned:blessed with life's baggageBound To The Wings Of A ButterflyThe Kinky Conversations PodcastSkill Share Cooking Class Please rate, review and share this podcast!
32 minutes | May 2, 2022
Finding Peace In The Present Moment - Talk & Guided Meditation
Embrace the present moment with this guided mindfulness meditation. Our goal isn’t to ‘empty our mind’ or ‘attain bliss’. Our goal isn’t to do anything, other than returning our focus back to the breath. With a focused mind we can then explore the wonder of the universe, both inner and outer.Links mentioned:Insight Timer Guided Meditation Please rate, review and share this podcast!
7 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
A Unique Approach To Coaching & How You Can Hire Me
A unique approach to coaching and how you can hire me. This is just a short message to inform you of the coaching options that I now have available should you want them! It would be a pay what you can/what you think it’s worth model. Hit me up on social @zacpphillips or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get started.
30 minutes | Apr 24, 2022
Talking About Suicide Ideation *trigger warning*
A follower asked me to share my experiences of suicide ideation. This podcast is my response, hopefully it helps them, and you to heal, grow, recover and connect.Mental illness is both invisible and insidious. Perhaps the reason we lose so so many to suicide and addiction; those suffering will do anything to end it, other than reach out that is. So please, check on your friends. Even the strong ones. Especially if you notice a change, and even if you don’t. Trust your intuition and risk an awkward conversation. Because doing so may avoid having to endure the worst phone call of your life. Links mentioned:Behind A Smile Lies Darkness - poemOvercome Philosophical Traps - blogCreative Writing For Healing - Insight TimerPoetry For Self Expression - Skillshare How To Get Your Sh!t Together - BookBound To The Wings Of A Butterfly - Book Please rate, review and share this podcast!
13 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Explaining The Paradox Of Dissociation
How can you pin down a feeling of unreality? When even the act of focusing causes you to drift? In this episode I attempt to explain the reality of dissociation from within the condition. Obviously this is somewhat of a paradox, but through poetry and introspection I hope to explain the state of my mind. Links mentioned:Memories Compressi driftBound To The Wings Of A Butterfly Please rate, review and share this podcast!
27 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
Fever Dreams & The Problem of Connecting With 'Society'
COVID fever dreams are wild! In this episode I discuss how stories impact our ability to connect with our lives in a meaningful way, as well as the impact of dissociative identity disorders have on connection to the self and society at large. Links mentioned:Bound To The Wings Of A ButterflyMy TicTok Please rate, review and share this podcast!
30 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Forced Isolation, Subjective Morality, & Introspecting on Intention
My thoughts as I enter into a seven day forced isolation due to my wife contracting COVID. I discuss how I plan to maintain sanity, the potential silver linings and what I hope to get done. I also dive into the concept of morality, subjectivity, human fallibility and the issues around forming opinions. Links mentioned:Bound To The Wings Of A ButterflyWin Bigly Please rate, review and share this podcast!
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