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Welcome to The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast.

Each week I sit down to talk in-depth with guests that push the boundaries of conventional living, driven by the singular pursuit of being on an unrelenting quest to continually expand the horizons of their body, mind and spirit.

The aim is to learn more about them and from them; their story, the work they are doing, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the heartaches and everything in between.

The hope is that these conversations might spark something within you that gives you the courage to take a chance and go after your goals.
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Welcome back to  The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast. This week I’m grateful to be joined from California by Jeddy Azuma - creator of The Rising Man Movement and host of The Rising Man Podcast Millions of men feel a deep yearning to serve but don’t know how to start. Through his work, Jeddy offers his wisdom on hearing the subtle messages and tapping into our highest vision. Open relating and transparent sharing are essential elements to the Rising Man Movement. Finding the courage to communicate our deepest desires, fears, and emotions often leads to huge breakthroughs. Jeddy has been deeply involved in this area of men’s work for over a decade and I’m delighted to get the chance to glean some wisdom from him, to find out more about him and his work. In our conversation we talk about What is men’s work Initiation from boyhood to manhood His journey through repression of self, substance abuse Elder mentorship Vision quest - indigenous practices, rights of passage The phases of rights of passage Breaking generational cycles and reconciling relationships His core parenting values to raise conscious children I loved this discussion with Jeddy. What really stood out for me is the need and importance of this kind of work in our world today. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, or however you associate, there is huge value in all of us breaking free from our unconscious patterns to live more in alignment with our higher selves. If each of us takes on that responsbility, it will raise the collective vibration. Through that we will see cultural and societal shifts. It goes back to the age old saying, if you want the world to change you have to first change yourself. Let me know what stood out for you. If you could do me the favour of leaving me a review for the podcast on whatever platform you’re listening, that'd be amazing! I'd love to hear from you. If you’d like to follow up on Jeddy all the links will be in the show notes to the show. You can find him on instagram @jeddyazuma Check out his podcast The Rising Man Podcast @risingmanmovement and risingman.org. As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media. You can follow me on instagram @thepursuitofenhancement for details of upcoming guests and other updates. Thank you so much for tuning in, I’m so grateful that you chose to give of your precious time in listening to this podcast. That’s all from me for now I’m Peter Ledwidge, this is the Pursuit of Enhancement podcast, I’ll catch you next on the next one, in the meantime remember to work hard, be kind, stay humble and smile often.
Welcome back to  The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast. My name is Peter Ledwidge and I am your host. Each episode I sit down to talk in-depth with guests that push the boundaries of conventional living, driven by the singular pursuit of being on an unrelenting quest to continually expand the horizons of their body, mind and spirit. The aim is to learn more about them and from them; their story, the work they are doing, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the heartaches and everything in between. We have at our grasp all the tools to be happy, strong and healthy, we all have the desire to live happy and fulfilled lives; but for so many of us this can seem out of reach or unattainable. The reality is that it will look different for all of us. The challenge is to find out what that looks like for you. I hope that through these conversations you might be set on a path of self-discovery, come to understand that you don’t have to have it all figured out and that you may find a way to live with greater passion, purpose and peace. Sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve had an episode. Life was a bit topsy turvy there for a while, we moved country again, we’re back in Australia. It’s taken us a while to get settled again. I wanted to wait until I could give the proper time to creating episodes before getting back into it, rather than pushing out something that was maybe substandard or that was adding to my stress to commit. And that’s okay in life too. Just because we stop something for a while doesn’t mean we can’t pick it up again. So thanks for sticking around. Thanks for coming back to the podcast. So what’s in store for this Best of Episode? Coming up I’ve selected extracts from a few of the episodes from this last season, perhaps they’ll encourage you to go back and listen to the episode again, perhaps there was a decision you made when you listened to these episodes of a positive change that you were going to make that maybe, you’ve lapsed on. This could be a chance to get it back on track. Whatever it may be, I hope you enjoy this recap Click here for the full show notes. The clips I chosen for you today are; Teaira and Dumebi from Episode 35.   From Episode 39 with Wim Hof Method Instructor, Niall O’ Murchu  From episode 36 with Katarina Riddle.  From Episode 40, Justin Caffrey  Erwan Le Corre from Episode 44  And Tony Riddle from Episode 45  I’d like to wish you all a happy holidays and a Happy New Year whatever that may be for you. Try to make some time to evaluate what this last year has taught you. What you want to bring into next year and also what you want to manifest and create for 2020. What do you want life to look like. What do you want to achieve. How do you want to feel in 2020? I’ve already got some new episodes in the bag which I’ll be releasing in the New Year. I want to thank you again for listening and following me on instagram @thepursuitofenhancement See you in 2020. For those that listen on Apple Podcasts, if you could take the time to please leave a review, that would be amazing, it would really help in spreading the reach of the podcast.
Welcome back everyone to the Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast.   The Riddle-man is back!  This week I''m delighted to have Tony Riddle back on the podcast.   Tony was a guest in Season 1 back in episodes 26 and 27 if you want to check those out. I also got to spend time with him in London recently, which was a real treat.  For those of you that don't know Tony he is aka The Natural Lifestylist - helping us to reconnect to our biological norms one small action at a time. As he says himself, ‘We can’t all live in nature but it doesn’t mean we can’t life more naturally.’   He helps his clients and followers to dare to reconnect. Reconnect with what I hear you say? With ourselves, with nature, which IS reconnecting with ourselves.Our modern world has disconnected us from our biological norms. We are out of sync with our natural rhythms caused by artificial light and artificial environments.   Our minds and our cells are over stimulated which all have a multitude of repercussions. Furniture restricts our movement, footwear disconnects us from the earth and contorts our feet which in turn distorts our entire musculature, devices and bright lights keeps us wired and tired but unable to sleep, so we rely on caffeine and processed foods to give us artificial energy, which throws out our digestion and we get all sorts of health ramifications. By simplifying all of that we can step away from our strung out, turned on society to relax and breathe, be at ease and operate as we are designed to which is with the rhythm of nature.  Tony has been on the podcast before, if you haven’t heard that make sure you go back and give it a listen. Tony’s next big undertaking is a 30 day barefoot run from lands end to john o groats. The length of the United Kingdom. He’ll be covering over 30 miles a day in his bare feet. He will be working alongside the finest minds to help raise awareness and money for 5 key charities fighting the top sustainability issues of our time.   He’ll also be talking with top sustainability experts along the way with workshops. There are lots of ways for people to come and be a part of this with Tony.  We’ll be talking about all that today, as well as the deeper spiritual connections he has been experiencing recently through running and we’ll also discuss his latest program called BARE, spelled B-A-R-E as in barefoot, which stands for barefoot analysis running experience.  The conversation goes off on a tangent at the beginning but we eventually bring ourselves back on track :)  I always love talking to Tony and I hope you enjoy it too.You can find Tony on Instagram @thenaturallifestylist and via his website www.tonyriddle.com  As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please leave a comment or a review, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media, it really makes a huge difference.   Make sure you follow me on instagram @thepursuitofenhancement where I share updates on all guests as well as behind the scenes on IG stories and on IGTV.  Don't forget to check out our new affiliate partner NordVPN. Right now all listeners can get 75% off a 3 year plan and a month free. Go to bit.ly/nordvpnthepursuit and enter code thepursuit and start protecting yourself online today.  That’s all from me for now I’m Peter Ledwidge, this is the Pursuit of Enhancement podcast, I’ll catch you on the next episode, in the meantime remember to work hard, be kind, and smile often. 
This week I’m delighted to speak with Rick Cooper, speaker and men’s retreat facilitator. If you were to Rick now you’d think he had the ideal life and had it all together but as the saying goes ‘Don’t judge my story based on the chapter you walked in on.’ To do so would be to undermine the immense journey he has been through and the challenges he faced. Growing up he was witness to a lot of domestic violence, which thankfully did not transfer into his adult relationships. Although there were some unconscious insecurities that he had taken on. At a young age he took up rugby and showed promise early on. An opportunity to channel and release some inner aggression. He dedicated himself to the craft, receiving praise and attention from his father he pursued a professional career. At 16 he signed for local pro team Saracens as the youngest member of their U21 academy. His career was cut short by a broken spine and multiple slipped discs. He was deemed too great an insurance risk and was sent home with partial mobility. He had to wait 16 months for surgery and doctors only gave him 67% chance of walking again but Rick chose to focus on the 33%. At 20 years of age he wasn’t about to accept this fate he had been given. As soon as he could walk again he would walk 3 miles to the pool and not leave until he had completed 30 laps. Everyday increasing the number of lengths. He was mentally forcing his body to go to places he had been told it would never be able to. The next few years were a dark time for Rick, losing his dad, being evicted with his family and struggling to make ends meet. Coupled with his own low self-esteem and not knowing what he wanted to do with his life. Over the next few years he was always searching for the next thing, the next goal, the next achievement all of which only gave a short reprieve from his feelings until he would need to find the next pursuit. It wasn’t until the birth of his son that is all got put into perspective. Eventually after many years of serving the ego he started to look within for meaning. For the first time in his life what anyone else thought or how he looked no longer mattered. The only approval he was looking for was his own. Rick then took himself on a self-mastery and self-development journey. This has had a profound effect on him. He now knows that life is to be enjoyed for what it is now, in this moment, chasing doesn’t bring happiness. He has stripped back all the layers. He now enjoys a simple life based around cold immersion, movement, coffee and breakfasts with loved ones and careful choice of who he gives his energy and time to. Rick regularly speaks publicly on the topics of self mastery, discipline over motivation, triumph over adversity and using it as a catalyst to extreme growth. He works with small businesses in relation to health & wellness and adopting a holistic approach to staff welfare, he coaches teenagers through depression & anxiety and leads men’s retreats to help them heal the wounded child within to become the fully actualised men that they were born to be.  If you’d like to follow up on Rick you can find him on instagram @rick__cooper and his website will be released in the near future.   Leave me a comment and let me know what stood out for you.  Don't forget to check out our new affiliate partner NordVPN. Right now all listeners can get 75% off a 3 year plan and a month free. Go to bit.ly/nordvpnthepursuit and enter code thepursuit and start protecting yourself online today. 
 Welcome back everyone to the Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast. Today I am joined by Erwan Le Corre, Author of ‘The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom’ and creator of the world-renowned fitness system MovNat. Erwan Le Corre, is on a mission to reintroduce natural movement to our modern lives with the most ancient movement skill set: walking, running, balancing, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, and self-defense. We are not meant to live in a confined environment. We are not meant to be disconnected from the natural world and our own true nature. Chronic pain, immobility, depression and lack of vitality, these are the symptoms of our age of comfort. Modern society has conditioned us to consider this as normal and unavoidable.  We need to get back to natural movement. In The Practice of Natural Movement, Le Corre demonstrates our innate and versatile ability to perform practical and adaptable movements. With countless techniques and movement variations, as well as strategies for practicing anytime and anywhere, he will inspire you to build a naturally strong and flexible body and to form yourself anew into a mindful, skillful, and physically capable human being. Featured in Men’s Health, The New York Times, outside magazine and the Washington post Before starting the worldwide Natural Movement fitness trend in his late 30s, Erwan spent a lifetime pursuing true, real-life fitness, from France to Brazil. Synthesizing his studies of ancient and modern physical training methodologies, martial arts, his experience in specialized sports and his expertise of training in nature, he founded what is now known as the MovNat method. To quote erwan himself “We are meant to grow strong and to age gracefully. Reclamation of authentic movement is the starting point.” MovNat offers workshops, certification and licensing for fitness professionals to set up their own MovNat centre And here to inspire us to do just that is the man himself, Erwan Le Corre,. Natural movement is for everyone. And you can get started at any age, ability, or fitness level – whether you have a gym membership, live close to nature, or neither. The truth is natural movement comes naturally to all humans, but efficient movement does not. His website movnat.com has tons of resources that you can start using and training with today. Obviously the best way to learn is through a workshop or a certification course. These are in depth and immersive, surrounded by like minded individuals where you’ll get to deep dive into the practices and really accelerate your learning. If you’d like to follow up on Erwan you can find him on instagram @erwanlecorre as well as via his MovNat website.  As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please leave a comment or a review, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media, it really makes a huge difference.  Make sure you follow me on instagram @thepursuitofenhancement where I share updates on all guests as well as behind the scenes on IG stories and on IGTV.  Don’t forget to checkout our affiliate partner NordVPN who right now are offering listeners 75% off a 3 year plan and a month free. Go to bit.ly/NordVPNthepursuitand enter code thepursuit at checkout to avail of this great offer.  Thank you so much for tuning in, I’m so grateful that you chose to give of your precious time in listening to this podcast. 
 This week I’m delighted to be joined from the UK by Josh Connolly Josh is a Life, Leadership & Performance Coach who helps people realise their true potential in the world. Working with individuals and organisations, he coaches and nurtures them to explore their inner strengths and utilise them to their greatest effects. He specialises in confidence building, resilience, wellbeing and working through deep transformational journeys. Whether it’s through one to one coaching, group workshops or giving a keynote speech, he always works in service of his clients to give them the best start to their transformational journeys. Before he became a coach, Josh had a lifetime of obstacles to overcome.  As a small child he suffered the impacts of living with an alcohol dependent father, who subsequently took his own life as a result of his dependency when josh was just 9 years old. He then fell into alcohol and drug dependency himself. This resulted in suffering mental health issues, to being on the brink of suicide. Fast forward six years, he is now a business and life coach, a spokesperson for NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics).  He regularly gives keynote speeches on a variety of topics including mental health, wellbeing, resilience and his transformational journey.   Josh has discovered a freedom from within that has propelled him into alignment with his core values of helping other people discover their own powers with their own freedom from within. His story is the perfect example of how anybody can overcome the obstacles in their life and achieve greatness. He has contributed and been featured on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.  In this episode we discuss topics such as; Children of alcoholic parents Being a highly sensitive person Addiction and recovery Guilt vs shame Drug and alcohol addiction Suicide - his thoughts and tendencies, understanding his rationale and how to relate to someone in that situation. Ideals of masculinity and the pressures faced by terms like ‘be a man’ understanding what the role really means Anxiety; The power of mindfulness and Self-love practices for those living with anxiety.  I really enjoyed this conversation because it enabled us to cover some hard hitting topics. Topics that perhaps many people don’t have any context around. Topics that I feel sometimes can go unspoken about because they are deemed too real or taboo. I believe that by discussing them openly we can distigmatise them, we can also empower ourselves with the emotional intelligence of how to cope and react when we encounter someone that is facing these issues so that we can hold space for them. Let me know what stood out for you. If you’d like to follow up on Josh you can find him on instagram @josh_ffw as well as via his website and youtube. There are links to all of those in his instagram bio. As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please leave a comment or a review, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media, it really makes a huge difference. Make sure you follow me on instagram @thepursuitofenhancement where I share updates on all guests as well as behind the scenes on IG stories and on IGTV. Don’t forget to checkout our affiliate partner NordVPN who right now are offering listeners 75% off a 3 year plan and a month free. Go to bit.ly/NordVPNthepursuit and enter code thepursuit at checkout to avail of this great offer. Thank you so much for tuning in, I’m so grateful that you chose to give of your precious time in listening to this podcast. 
 Today I’m delighted to be joined from London by Fiona Moss *Health & Life Coach  ▫️Motivational Speaker ▫️Helping women rise up from low self-esteem, build up your self-respect and learn how to be limitless! Fiona is a reformed corporate executive who lived the typical rat race lifestyle. Constantly seeking to achieve, to get to the next step. Fiona was trying to do everything, succeed in everything and be everywhere, but the only thing she was really achieving was burning herself out. She was anxious and tired, had completely forgotten what it feels like to be herself anymore and had such little self worth that she had neglected herself and her health. When someone very close to her became very ill this brought about a point where Fiona could no longer handle it all. She was barely keeping it all together and didn’t have the coping mechanisms to handle any. So she quit her job, and went on a journey of exploring, searching and opening up, to discover how she could reclaim herself and also to be able to help others that found themselves in the same situation. Fiona now supports women who feel the same as she felt. Who are struggling to keep up with the demands of our society, that no longer feel healthy, happy and have very little, if any at all, self esteem. She supports them to rise back up, to grow, to flourish, to regain their confidence and to reignite their fire. For so many of us in this modern world we can find ourselves in the same situation; exhausted, scrambling to keep your head above water, trying to be everything to everyone, searching for the approval, trying to please everyone but ourselves. Where did all these pressures come from? How did we conclude that these were the right things to chase?  Fiona is here today to help us decode all of this and guide us on how we can let go of these pressures and be happier, stronger, healthier, filled with energy, hope and optimism. One thing that I really took away from it was to really slow down, allow ourselves some space in the day to breath and to gather ourselves. We might feel like we always have a million things today but if you try to have more presence, stay mindful and centered in yourself you may find you will get far more done and feel far less strung out too. Give it a go and let me know how it works out for you. If you’d like to follow up on Fiona you can find her on instagram @fionamoss_ and via her website www.fionamosshealth.com As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please leave a comment or a review, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media, it really makes a huge difference. Thank you so much for tuning in, I’m so grateful that you chose to give of your precious time in listening to this podcast. Make sure you follow me on instagram @thepursuitofenhancement where I share updates on all guests as well as behind the scenes on IG stories and on IGTV. Don't forget to check out our new affiliate partner NordVPN. Right now all listeners can get 75% off a 3 year plan and a month free. Go to bit.ly/nordvpnthepursuit and enter code thepursuit and start protecting yourself online today. That’s all from me for now I’m Peter Ledwidge, this is the Pursuit of Enhancement podcast, I’ll catch you on the next episode, in the meantime remember to work hard, be kind, and smile often.
 Today I’m delighted to be joined from Manchester in the UK by Craig Seaton; holistic health & self development coach, breathwork & meditation teacher, lucid dreamer, explorer of consciousness and founder or CS Life Holistics.   His purpose is to help others find their meaning in life and uncover what a human being is truly capable of.  CS Life Holistics is about uniting the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves.  Through working with the mind, looking after our physical health, understanding our emotions and exploring spirituality, balance will be achieved. Craig runs workshops, speaks at events, holds group sessions and works one on one with clients. From meditation to physical exercise, philosophy to breathe work, psychology to emotional awareness. Craig shapes the teachings he shares to be understood in a practical way to benefit as many people as possible. Today we’ll be chatting about  Consciousness & meditation Breathwork Spirituality in the modern age Holistic Health & healing  Understanding your purpose and passion and the realities of following it Overcoming what’s holding us back from being who we want to be or want to do.  Dealing with fear and vulnerability And a whole host more, who knows what rabbit holes we may dive down today. One thing that stood out for me was that Enlightenment is not a state or a destination, it’s a journey and an ongoing pursuit. When we stop searching for this thing that may seem elusive we see that Life is happening now. Let me know what stood out for you by leaving a comment. If you’d like to follow up on Craig you can find him on instagram @craig_seatonhc  As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please leave a review on iTunes, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media, it really makes a huge difference. Thank you so much for tuning in, I’m so grateful that you chose to give of your precious time in listening to this podcast. Don’t forget to check out today’s sponsors Earth Runners.  You can check them out via THIS LINK.
Today I’m delighted to be joined, from Greystones, in Ireland by Elite Mindset Coach Justin Caffrey. Justin has been a Leadership, Executive and Business Coach since 2009.  Justin started off as a young working-class kid who struggled with his sense of self,  was raised around serious mental health traumas and stuck in a school where survival was truly for the fittest. He went to London at 19 and by 21 was running his own team. He established his first business at the age of 23 after a stellar four year stint in the tough world of banking. He has built and sold multiple companies in various countries, made money, made mistakes, learnt from his mistakes and kept growing.  He is a man that is no stranger to the treacherous waters of life, business and entrepreneurship. Someone that is better equipped than most to cope with the mental strain of those arenas. An obsessed and driven human  But nothing could prepare him for the toughest challenge of his life. In 2011, Justin lost his second son Joshua who died just before his first birthday. His initial reaction was to deal with that loss they only way he knew how, and that was to prove how tough he was by building more businesses. 3 yrs later it caught up with him and he was hit with PTSD,  This time however, Justin was determined to discover a holistic and natural way to overcome the pain of losing his son. He went on a path of self discovery, personal growth and connection to his inner spirit that had been lost since his teenage years.  He studied with an Indian master, Dr. Pradeep Chadha, who was an expert in both the ancient world and modern psychiatry. Justin learned that the mind can achieve anything that the heart desires, but first it must be calm and able to listen.  He qualified as a Psychotherapy Coach under the tutelage of Dr Pradeep Chadha.  What followed was an absolute and complete transformation of the mind, body and soul - Justin Caffrey 2.0. He is a student of Eastern philosophy, a meditation teacher, a martial arts practitioner and a spiritual soul connected to the ancient East.  As a man who knows what it takes to be successful in the Western mindset, Justin combines it with what happiness feels like in the ancient Eastern mindset in his own unique way. He is the bridge between these two worlds. If you want to work with someone who will hold you to account, guide you and build the muscle needed to make change, if you are ready to MAKE MASSIVE CHANGE, then Justin is the man for you. He lives and breaths EVERYTHING he teaches, without exception. He won’t ask you to do anything which he is not willing to do or has not done himself. Tony Robbins says ‘In life, many people know what to do , but very few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough, you must take action’ and Justin is most definitely a man of action. We discuss topics such as; Dealing with loss; Overcoming the loss of his son Breaking cycles, understanding happiness Not accepting mediocrity Nourishing your mind, body and soul, taking care of your spiritual needs while also taking care of your material needs Dealing with trauma through meditation Understanding drive and ambition. Developing a healthy relationship with both. Spirituality in a practical sense Being good to yourself,connecting to the deeper sense of you Determining what’s truly important in life  Mindfulness in the corporate world Practical tips on how to introduce improvements in our lives Thanks for tuning in. Leave me a comment or review at the end, I'd love to know what you thought. I’ll catch you on the next episode, in the mean time remember to work hard, be kind, and smile often.
This week Niall O’Murchu joins me from Dublin, Ireland. Niall is a Wim Hof Method instructor. He runs In-depth workshops, retreats and one-on-one sessions that will give you the skills you need to live a healthier, happier and stronger life.  Not only is Niall a Certified Wim Hof Method instructor, he is also a: Wild herbalist Traditional Irish Healer Former international athlete He has learned meditation techniques from the shaolin monks, taught reiki in London and Dublin, represented Ireland in basketball and is a devoted husband and Father to his 4 young children. Before discovering the Wim Hof Method Niall’s life was like many other households; raising children, balancing home and work life, trying to be a great father and husband as well as look after himself. His health was good but the strain was starting to show. Something needed to change. As he and his wife were reading the benefits of the Wim Hof Method; deeper and better sleep, more energy, improved health. His wife decided ‘Right! That’s it! We’re doing this!’ Within a few days everything and nothing had changed. The day to day was still the same but something had changed within them, they were replaced with two people who felt full of oxygen, energy, life and love. They had learned to unlock their body’s potential simply and effectively; to breathe deeply and profoundly; to use the cold to awaken their inner energy and to be focused and relaxed. Wim Hof himself says that we all have the tools to be happy, strong and healthy but they are not awakened. and Niall is here today to tell all about it and his experiences. If you’d like to follow up on Niall you can find him on instagram @breathewithniall or via his website www.breathewithniall.com As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please leave a review on iTunes, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media, it really makes a huge difference. Thank you so much for tuning in, I’m so grateful that you chose to give of your precious time in listening to this podcast. Don't forget to follow me on instagram @thepursuitofenhancement and please check out today’s sponsors Earth Runners via this link.
 Welcome back to  The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast.  Today I’m honoured to be joined, from Adelaide, South Australia, by Sam Ghamrawi Sam is the founder of SEK seed. SEK spelled S E K stands for Seeking Empowering Knowledge.  A program for high school students to reach their true potential. SEKSEED IS ALL ABOUT EMPOWERING THE FUTURE by empowering the youth… Sekseed workshops are Teaching students that Just because we fail at something, doesn’t make us a Failure. And so if we are not afraid of failure, how differently would we approach life? Working with young people for the past 7 years, they have developed fun, engaging workshops that offer a holistic approach to life, covering Self Development, Learning, Health and Relationships and more. Their ethos is that each one is inter-connected and by becoming aware of each aspect of our lives, this is the first step in building a great foundation now, in order to create a greater future. The best lessons are in our failures not in our successes. The workshops cover topics such as  importance of a positive Attitude and how to overcome circumstances in life and turn negatives into positives. The introduction to Loving themselves and choosing to BE Happy.  Expanding their Circle of Influence to minimise their Circle of Concern. Sam is doing incredible work and has had quite a journey himself, all of which he now draws on to empower the young people he encounters. Born in Sydney in the 80s to Lebanese migrant parents, a muslim father and christian mother. They later moved to Adelaide; a high performing student with a mischievous side. HE wrestled with himself for many years. He got involved with drugs and alcohol from the age of about 13-15 which would be a recurring theme for many years. He continued to follow on the outside what seemed like most others, uni (reluctantly) jobs, family, children; but all the while battling substance abuse. Sam tried many times to work on his addiction issues, despite his best efforts things just wouldn’t seem to align for him. It was almost as if a divine intervention was needed and that’s what he received. Sam was involved in a very bad car accident, in which he experienced, in his words ‘the hand of god.’ This was a turning point for Sam, but the tests were not over, soon after that, in the space of 6 months he lost his job, got hit by a car while riding his bike and lost his best friend to suicide. Instead of going back to his old ways, he turned to prayer and became free of his addictions. From there, with the help of some mentors SEK seed was born which brings us to where we are today.  This is an Amazingly honest and raw conversation and Sam shares stories that he hasn’t spoken of publicly before. I’m very grateful to Sam trusting me and using this podcast as a platform to share Today’s conversation contains Incredibly motivational and practical steps to apply to your life today such as; Changing your state, power of positivity, journalling, early morning routines, and filing your days with listen wins If you’ve got teenagers I definitely encourage you to listen to this together. If you’d like to follow up on Same you can find him on instagram @sekseed_ and via his website www.sekseed.com.au
Welcome back to  The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast. My name is Peter Ledwidge and I am your host. Each week I sit down to talk in-depth with guests that push the boundaries of conventional living, driven by the singular pursuit of being on an unrelenting quest to continually expand the horizons of their body, mind and spirit. The aim is to learn more about them and from them; their story, the work they are doing, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the heartaches and everything in between. We have at our grasp all the tools to be happy, strong and healthy, we all have the desire to live happy and fulfilled lives; but for so many of us this can seem out of reach or unattainable. The reality is that it will look different for all of us. The challenge is to find out what that looks like for you. I hope that through these conversations you might be set on a path of self-discovery, come to understand that you don’t have to have it all figured out and that you may find a way to live with greater passion, purpose and peace. This week I’m delighted to be joined by Katarina Riddle from London, UK, you can find her on instagram @letthemrise Today we are going to talk to Katarina about her experience with  natural birth, natural co-sleeping, natural breastfeeding, baby wearing, baby-led weaning, natural approach to toilet training. We’ll also talk about unschooling and homeschooling their kids The research she carried out, the sources she looked to and what how it has all unfolded in her own experience Katarina grew up in Slovakia, surrounded by mountains and nature, she spent a lot of time playing in nature and had a happy childhood. As she grew up she became intrigued by the nature of people and wanted to understand them more; why some teachers were mean, why were some friends goody-goody students and others choose to rebel, why some are happy and some unhappy. She went on to study psychology later going on to dabble in secondary school education.  While at university Katarina had a crisis of identity, of sorts, wanting to understand herself, learn who she was, yet at the same time to run away from it all. Over the following years she went through many changes in her life and much internal work. Many years later she found herself in London and was a new woman; strong, grown up and independent. Around that time she met her now husband, Tony. Soon after Katarina became pregnant with their first child. They now have 3 wonderful girls and expecting a fourth very soon. When they were expecting their first, Tony inspired Katarina to 'look for answers in nature.’ Being a first time mom, Katarina, naturally, had lots of questions and a need to understand her baby. She started to look for answers in psychology as well as in nature. Being an academic Katarina was trained to be rational and listen to reason but learned how to trust her feelings and intuition. As mentioned a moment ago Today we are going to talk to Katarina about her experience with  natural parenting and unschooling  We’ll talk about this, not only from her children’s perspectives; but also from her perspective in terms of how she balances it with her own needs for intellectual stimulation, space for self expression and creativity, and discuss how children to her provide answers to many questions, opportunity for growth and self improvement, harmony, happiness and how parenting is also her own spiritual journey. As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please leave a review on iTunes, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media, it really makes a huge difference.  Thanks also to today's sponsor Earth Runners. You can check them out via THIS LINK.
 Welcome back to  The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast. This week I’m very grateful to be joined by The Lightsisterz, Teaira and Dumebi, global spiritual nomads, spreading their signature brand of joy and light across the world, and leaving a wake of shimmer in their path. The lightSisterz, while not biological sisters are most definitely Soul sisters, bound by a common love for seeing people activate and live their personal, spiritual power. They offer a holistic approach to mind, body and soul connection through a range of in-person and online classes, workshops and world wide retreats. The focus of their work is deepening spirituality and bringing healing, through a wide variety of tools such as energy work, dream interpretation, and numerology.  At the core of their work is ancestral healing, particularly those of African descent, to help kings and queens access their truth, understand their ancestral roots, activate self-healing and discover their spiritual purpose.  Teaira and Dumebi met at Ohio University. It was around that time that they both started on their spiritual journey. They both have a vast array of experience in many areas, which makes them more than qualified to perform the work that they do. Both have a Degrees in Metaphysical Science and are working on their Ph.D’s in Metaphysical Counselling. Teaira has a bachelors in Child and Family Studies, is a certified numerologist, ordained minister and specialises in Dream Interpretation. Dumebi is also an ordained Minister, as well as a certified Theta healer, and a certified Reiki Practitioner. Teaira, together with Dumebi stepped into their roles as spiritual healers when they were “attending” training, they found themselves to be answering more questions for others than they were asking for themselves. So with the instructors encouragement, Teaira and Dumebi officially joined forces and the Lightsisterz were born.   Currently both ladies are working on their Master’s and Ph.D. in Metaphysical Counseling, with their heart set on opening an International Leadership Training Center, Tearia’s focus will be offering a home and healing space to foster children. While Dumebi’s focus is on blending traditional healing teachings and Western educational models to bring holistic solutions to developing communities in African countries. Thank you so much for tuning in, I’m so grateful that you chose to give of your precious time in listening to this podcast. As always, If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please leave a review on iTunes, share it with your friends and family in person or on social media, it really makes a huge difference. If you’d like to get in touch with The Lightsisterz you can find them on instagram @lightsisterz and via their website www.lightsisterz.com Thanks to Earth Runners for their support of the show. Please consider using this link when purchasing a pair and they will give me a little incentive in return which helps with running the show. That’s all from me for now. I’m Peter Ledwidge, this is the Pursuit of Enhancement podcast, I’ll catch you next week, in the meantime remember to work hard, be kind, and smile often.
What’s up everybody and welcome back to the pursuit of enhancement podcast, my name is Peter Ledwidge, I’m your host. Man it feels good to say those words again, it feels a bit like eating your favourite meal or slipping into your favourite pair of Pj’s or tracky pants, you know, it just feels good. So, I’m just checking in briefly to give you the good news. The Podcast is coming back. We’re back baby. Guess who’s back, Peter’s back, tell a friend, guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back. I’ve got some great guests lined up for the next few weeks,  First up I’ve got the Lightsisterz (IG: @lightsisterz) from Ohio, in the United States, Soul Sisters, and spiritual healers coming to talk to us about their spiritual journey and their plans to of opening an International Leadership Training Centre, which will offer a home and healing space to foster children, as well as blending traditional healing teachings and Western educational models to bring holistic solutions to developing communities in African countries.  Then we’ve Katarina Riddle (IG @letthemrise) from the U.K, we’ll be chatting about unschooling, natural parenting and parenting as a spiritual journey. I’ll be talking to Sam Ghamrawi, founder of SEK Seed (IG @sekseed_) in Adelaide, South Australia. Sam is a dude with amazing energy, doing incredible work in the area of Empowering the future by empowering the youth, through mindset, positivity and nurturing their innate talents and abilities. After that we’ve got Erwan Le Corre (IG @movnat), author of ‘The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, health and Freedom.’ Boom! We’ll talk about his teachings and philosophies of how to reclaim our natural movement potential  as well as our biological birthright to be strong, healthy, happy and free. Then we’ll speak to Tammy Fry (tammyfry_), marketing director of Fry’s Family foods, international speaker, and plant-based nutritionist. Tammy is also a very accomplished martial arts athlete.  She is the founder of Meat Free Mondays in South Africa and Australia, and runs her Seed Workshops around the world helping families make the transition to a plant-based lifestyle. She is also the mother of 2 amazing boys. So that’s what I’ve got lined up for you in the coming weeks. The first episode of season 2 should be out around mid-April. Make sure to follow me on @thepursuitofenhancement on instagram so you keep up to date with everything, you can also tap the link in my instagram bio to subscribe to podcast on itunes or wherever you prefer to listen to your podcasts. I’m so excited to be back talking to you all. Thanks for sticking around. That’s it from me for now, I’m Peter Ledwidge, this is the Pursuit of Enhancement podcast, I will catch you very soon. In the meantime remember to  Work hard, Be kind  And smile often!
What’s up everybody and welcome back to the pursuit of enhancement, my name is Peter Ledwidge and I’m your host. I’m coming to you this week with a special mid week announcement. It’s something that has been on my mind for a while and it’s with a heavy heart that I make this announcement and it is not a decision that I have made lightly. For the last few months, life has been getting increasingly hectic and at times overwhelming. Keeping the podcast running and being able to give it the energy that I envisioned and that it, my guests and you the audience deserve has become increasingly difficult. There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to bring an episode to air, So after much deliberation I have decided to take a break until I can give it my full focus again. With life being busier I've found it more and more of a challenge to devote to the podcast with timelines getting tighter and tighter and I've really been feeling the pressure Out of respect for myself, the guests and you the audience I'd rather wait until I know I can give it my best rather than producing work which that is at 60 or 80% of what it should be. So for now I’m sad to say that this will be the end of season 1 and I will be returning next year when I will have the time I need to devote to the podcast and produce work at a level that it deserves. I’d like to take this time to thank so many people that have made this possible. Thank you to the guests who have been on so far. I was overwhelmed by the response and the openness to tell their story. I now feel like I have 15 new friends in my life When I decided to start this podcast I didn’t know what to expect and It turned out to be more than I had anticipated Thank you so much to all you guys who have listened, left comments, given feedback. It has been amazing to hear how the episodes have impacted you. That was all I ever wanted, to impact people in any small way that could help them in their lives that is what makes it all worth it. Make sure to subscribe to me on instagram www.instagram.com/thepursuitofenhancement, I will be staying active on there while I’m away. That’s where I will announce when season 2 will be coming back and share details of future guests too. So for now thank you so much. Have a great rest of the year and I'll speak to you in 2019, renewed, and revitalised and who knows where I'll be recording from. Exciting times are ahead. That's it from me for now. I'm Peter Ledwidge, this is the pursuit of enhancement podcast, I'll catch you next year. In the mean time remember to Work hard on yourself Be kind Stay humble And smile often.
Welcome to Episode 34. This week I have the pleasure of being joined from California, by Timber Hawkeye. Timber Hawkeye is the bestselling author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless and host of The Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast. He prescribes gratitude as medicine for people to heal themselves from the inside out, inviting the best version of you to resurface. This inevitably leads to the true meaning of success (being happy), and significantly better health (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual). Timber's intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich, and inspire a simple and uncomplicated life, by sharing mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to and implement in their daily lives. A few years ago Timber traveled the United States and stayed with different host families. In that time he observed that as a culture we tend to cover our eyes and then cry that it is dark. After a few months the pain in his heart become too much to bear, he wanted to surround himself with people who were at least consciously aware of our habitual tendency to self destruct. So he moved into a zen monastery, completely off the grid with no mobile or phone connection. After a year at 2 different temples he realised he was of no benefit to the world if he kept himself tucked away at a monastery. He recognised in all of us that there is hunger for inner peace, for tranquility, for that inner conflict to stop. He envisioned a very simple guide to being happy, be grateful because gratitude has a way of turning what we have into enough and that is luxury, that is being rich. In the episode we talk about - Life lessons - His journey and experiences and what led him to those moments and events - Unlearning some of the things we’ve picked up along the way - Seeking a simple and uncomplicated life - Taking time to discover why you believe what you do and also questioning some of it rather than just going our entire lives doing what we’ve always done and expecting different results. - Letting go of our suffering, our past and not being the victim and always looking for someone to blame. - His books Buddhist Bootcamp and Faithfully Religionless. The main theme of our conversation is about unlearning, letting go and relearning. Letting go of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, not playing the victim and being free. When we stop playing the victim, who are we then? That is the key and centres around much of our conversation. I hope you enjoy it. Full show notes bit.ly/buddhistbootcamp Leave a comment and let me know what stood out for you. If you’d like to take it one step further and could take the time to write a review that would be amazing. Thank you for listening. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode. You can follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/thepursuitofenhancement You can support the show on patreon www.patreon.com/thepursuitofenhancement I have a special mid week announcement coming next week so stay tuned for that. In the mean time remember to Work hard on yourself. Be Kind. Stay humble And smile often.
Welcome to Episode 33 of  The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast. This week on the podcast is part 2 of my conversation with Laura from Fresh Evoke. If you missed part one make sure to go and have a listen after today's episode. For those that didn't catch last week's episode let's recap on what Fresh Evoke is and it's mission. Fresh Evoke is a website that will make it easier for you to find mind opening events that give you a sense of community and fill you with inspiration to make positive changes in your life. These events could be anything from a sustainability talk, a holistic festival, to a healing circle. Fresh Evoke wants to help you meet new people that inspire you and encourage you to pursue the stuff that gets the fire in your belly roaring. You should feel full of inspiration and energy everyday. Fresh Evoke hopes to play a small part in helping you achieve that. Last week we spoke about Laura's journey and the genesis of Fresh Evoke. This we talk about -Some events that have had a real impact on Laura's path - The merits of attending such events, how it can be so impactful to your life, it's direction and reframing what you want your life to look like. - The economic system, reinventing it, reassessing what we want out norms to be and not having our value based solely around our economic output. - The importance of intergenerational communities. - Getting back that energetic, enthusiastic feeling that you had as a child, and  Overall this discussion is a reminder that we can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are, or, we can decide for ourselves and spend our lives inventing something better. Leave a comment and let me know what stood out for you. If you’d like to take it one step further and could take the time to write a review that would be amazing. Getting reviews is what really makes the difference to increasing the visibility of the podcast. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode, follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/thepursuitofenhancement You can support the show on www.patreon.com/thepursuitofenhancement Thanks for listening, I will catch you next week.. In the mean time remember to Work hard on yourself. Be Kind. Stay humble And smile often.
Welcome to Episode 32 of  The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast. My name is Peter Ledwidge and I am your host. This week on the podcast I’m joined from the UK by Laura Tyley, founder of Fresh Evoke. To use Laura’s own words ‘I’ve set up Fresh Evoke because I believe the narrow mind frame society teaches us to  have is our own worst enemy. The world doesn’t need more comfortable professionals, it needs revolutionaries who challenge the way things are and believe they can make a difference. Fresh Evoke’s mission is to encourage the revolutionary inside all of us.’ So what is Fresh Evoke? Fresh Evoke is a website that will make it easier for you to find mind opening events that give you a sense of community and fill you with inspiration to make positive changes in your life. These events could be anything from a sustainability talk, a holistic festival, to a healing circle. When we leave our comfort zones and throw ourselves into something different with new people, it can be the biggest wake up call.  In today’s world, we’re rarely told to focus on the stuff that sets our soul on fire. We’re not encouraged to live a life that makes our heart feel like it’s going to explode with excitement. We’re told to live a life that’s going to set us on a path of stress, worry and fear. Fresh Evoke wants to change that. Help You Fresh Evoke wants to help you meet new people that inspire you and encourage you to pursue the stuff that gets the fire in your belly roaring. You should feel full of inspiration and energy everyday. Fresh Evoke hopes to play a small part in helping you achieve that. This Week On this week's episode we discuss a diverse range of topics such as - Laura's journey and why she decided to start Fresh Evoke - The aim behind fresh evoke - Sustainabiltiy - Mental health - Our need for community - Social conditioning - Living a fulfilled life - Questioning your conditioning - Since our technologies are changing and how we operate and interact will need to evolve too. It was a wide and varied discussion with Laura. The main thing to remember is to keep an open mind. It anything peaks your curiosity go and explore it and look into it. I hope this episode made you think in a different way or perhaps challenged some preconceived ideas which you may have and to explore whether they are the truth or just what you have been led to believe. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a like, comment or a review. I'd love to here from you. Please follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/thepursuitofenhancement Full Show notes are available at bit.ly/freshevoke1 Support the show on Patreon www.patreon.com/thepursuitofenhancement Thanks for listening. Catch you next time.
This week I bring your part 2 of my conversation with Chris Moore, vegan fitness enthusiast and aspiring bodybuilder If you missed part 1 make sure you go back and check that out after you’ve finished today’s episode. To quickly summarise, Chris grew up as a normal healthy, active kid but by the end of high school had stopped being active and was at his heaviest weight of 235lbs or just over 100kg. At this point he was not only overweight but also a smoker, a partier, depressed, anxious and generally unhappy. He suffered with health issues such as indigestion, lack of quality sleep, feeling tired, bloated and fatigued. At 19 years of age he knew this just wasn’t right. he decided it was time to make a change and start putting things right again. He went to the doctor who prescribed medication but he knew there had to be a better way. So he decided to undertake some research as to what might be beneficial in overcoming his anxiety. This was when he discovered the plant based diet and it’s ability to help alleviate the anxiety he was experiencing. Flash forward 8 years he is now fit, healthy, depression and anxiety free, has quit smoking and drinking and hasn’t consumed animal products for over a year. His transformation has been much more than just physical. This is his journey, who he was and who he is today. He no longer struggles with the self confidence to share his story. This week we talk about - More practicalities of transitioning to a plant based diet and small steps to help you make the change - Becoming aware of unconscious thought patterns that may be holding you back, when you become away of them and recognise them then you can change them. - A pragmatic discussion around veganism, being plant based and large scale reduction of meat and dairy consumption for your health - How fatherhood has impacted his life and is now a huge motivator for how he lives his life. Chris also tells us about how beneficial a plant based diet has been for his son’s development. - His future plans and projects Much of today’s episode contains guidance that can be applied to any area of your life that you want to make improvements in. The first step is taking small steps in that direction which will all add up to great change. Thanks for listening. Leave a comment and let me know what you thought. You can check out the full show notes at bit.ly/chrismoore2 If you'd like to support the show you can do so at www.patreon.com/thepursuitofenhancement Have a great week and I'll catch you next week.
This week I'm a joined by Chris Moore, vegan fitness enthusiast and aspiring bodybuilder Originally from Louisiana and now based in Northern California. At a young age he played a lot of soccer and was an active healthy kid. When he got to high school he stopped playing sports and by the time he graduated from high school he was at his heaviest weight of about 235lbs or just over 100kg. At this point he was not only overweight but also a smoker, a partier, depressed, anxious and generally unhappy. HE suffered with health issues such as indigestion, lack of quality sleep, feeling tired, bloated and fatigued. At 19 years of age he knew this just wasn’t right. he decided it was time to make a change and start putting things right again. So he decided to undertake some research as to what might be beneficial in overcoming his anxiety. This was when he discovered the plant based diet and it’s ability to help alleviate the anxiety he was experiencing. Flash forward 8 years he is now fit, healthy, depression and anxiety free, has quit smoking and drinking and hasn’t consumed animal products for over a year. His transformation has been much more than just physical. This is his journey, who he was and who he is today. He no longer struggles with the self confidence to share his story. Chris is also a Father. He wanted to make sure that not only was he going to be healthy for his son but that his son was going to be healthy too. This week we talk about - His journey from active kid, to over weight, depressed, and anxious in his 20s to thriving vegan fitness enthusiast in his early 30s - Benefits of plant based diet, evidence and tips on how to make the transition - His mental health struggles, particularly anxiety and the power of  Mindfulness in helping to cope. - His health struggles and how a plant based diet cleared it all up - Breaking down vegan stereotypes and presenting information in a way that makes people more receptive to hear the message. Today’s episode will be of interest to anyone that wants to feel better on a day to day basis rather than feel like they are just managing pain. You don’t have to be a fitness enthusiast or even particularly like exercise, you will still get a lot out of this I think you’ll agree that there was lots of great information for you to take away. Take it in, absorb it, let it sink in. Even if you just take one piece and start to apply it, and in a few days try something more, before you know it you’ll be feeling totally different. Let me know one thing that you might try to apply to your life. Full show notes are available at bit.ly/chrismoore1 Follow Chris on instagram @moore__chris and follow me @thepursuitofenhancement If you'd like to support the show you can do so on patreon www.patreon.com/thepursuitofenhancement Thanks for listening. Leave me a comment on what you enjoyed about this episode and share it around. Catch you next week.
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