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Why do we wait to change?

Why do we wait to change?

January 7, 2022

We all have infinite potential and yet so many of us wait until something really life changing happens before we decide to make a positive change. 

Think about the New Years and how so many of us use it to set health goals to quit smoking, lose wait or get started on a special project.  Why do we wait?  

There are many reasons and some of them may focus on self worth and mindset.  Let's chat about it.

Identity And Fear Of Change

Identity And Fear Of Change

December 15, 2021

We all have an identity.  When you introduce yourself, you give your name.  The next question is usually about what you do for a living.  For example, I introduce myself as Hypnotist JR Matthew when I am performing or meeting people after a show.  Aside from that, I may say that I am a speaker, therapist, and podcaster (occasionally I will say I am hypnotist but that leads to questions, challenges and wanting to be hypnotized).

While we are so much than these simple aspects of our identity, these are the main ways we use to define ourselves.  When you really love what you do,  what happens when you lose an aspect of your identity?

Many of us now find ourselves out of steady work and forced to change professions due to COVID.  This is what has happened to me. Now I look forward to an opportunity to use my skills in a different profession, new identity based on a job. 

Who am I?  What do I do for a living?  How will I define myself by a profession so negatively impacted by COVID?




Trouble Sleeping?  A Have A listen.

Trouble Sleeping? A Have A listen.

November 15, 2021

How is your sleep these days?  Are you waking up feeling rested and ready to take on the world?

It turns out many of us are having some real issues with this one.  Insomnia is on the rise. 

Lana Walsh is a sleep coach and shares some great tips on how to get better sleep and manage those racing thoughts.

My Bipolar Mind Part 1

My Bipolar Mind Part 1

November 4, 2021

The following podcast is a snapshot into a moment of an event with mental illness.  If you know someone like this or have been with someone going through this, you will understand.

If you suffer with mental illness and you have people who are close to you and understand you:  BE GRATEFUL!

You will possibly never know the compassion and empathy it takes to be your friend, partner, lover.

Have a listen.  Your feedback is welcome via james@jamescastelli.ca

Thank you.

Anxiety Management Tools

Anxiety Management Tools

November 3, 2021

Anxiety is a growing challenge for so many people.  

What if you could have a couple of tools to use to help manage those anxious moments?  Would you have enough faith in yourself to heal and actually use them.

You would be surprised by the number of people suffering from anxiety who want to be better and are not willing to do something other than taking medication.

This podcast features two techniques to be used on a regular basis which will, based on my experience and the results, be very effective for helping reduce the intensity of anxiety.

I have mentioned this before. There are no magic bullets.  The use of these techniques on a daily basis will help.


Empathy Burnout

Empathy Burnout

November 2, 2021

There is no doubt that having empathy can be essential cor connection and close relationships. Men and women are quite different when it comes to this.  This podcast explores the concept of empathy and relationships.

A single parent just wants the best for their children and grand children.  If you're a parent then I'm sure you can relate to this.  

What happens when there are chronic mental and physical health issues?  Can empathy lead to burnout and the need for boundaries?

Yes.  Now how do you set those boundaries and maintain them?

Have a listen.  Do you need to set boundaries?


Saving A Life With Thoughts And Energy

Saving A Life With Thoughts And Energy

October 14, 2021

Can you save a life with positive thought and energy?  This is part three of Saving A Life.  This three part series is based on my personal and professional experience as a therapist and friend.

This episode looks into the possibility of being able to help someone who at risk of self harming and taking their life with thoughts and energy.

There are numerous studies and fields of therapy which support the notion that thoughts, when positively focused, have the power to change behaviours.  I mention Dr. Emoto's Messages In Water and the Maharishi Effect.  Quantum Touch, Body Talk and Reiki are also means of using energy to promote healing.

Whether you believe this can have any effect or not, it is another tool in the healing process.  Please listen to the entire series.  There are lives to be helped. 


Saving A Life With Connection

Saving A Life With Connection

September 16, 2021

Have you ever known someone with great talent? Of course you have.  Now, have you ever watched that person melt down and try kill themselves?  I hope not.

Many years ago I hired and fired such a person after, not known to me, he lost a dear friend and then tried to kill himself while on "the job."  Here is the story.

Part 3 coming soon.

Saving A Life With Hope

Saving A Life With Hope

September 8, 2021

Suicide; we have all experienced the loss of a loved one, friend or acquaintance.  It is said, if a person wants to self harm, there is nothing you can do.  I'm going to pass on this one.  There is something.  There are many things.  Each has the potential to make a positive difference in that person's life.

We have got to find a way to bring hope to the at risk.

I share this based on my personal and professional experience.  I don't have all the answers; I do have some experience.  Listen with care and caution.  Message me with questions and experiences if you want to share. 


Out of the Box Podcast with Stephen Mogden - Mayoral Candidate for the City of Lethbridge, AB

Out of the Box Podcast with Stephen Mogden - Mayoral Candidate for the City of Lethbridge, AB

August 27, 2021

Lethbridge Alberta has an election coming up on Oct 18, 2021.  I chatted mayoral candidate Stephen Mogden about some issues and his stand on them as well as a finding balance...  

Listen to the first part and find out about his platform and what is important for making Lethbridge the best city is can be.  Get into the rest of it for the specifics and really direct answers to some difficult questions.

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