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Wellness Force Radio Episode 356
International Holistic Health Coach and Licensed Massage
Therapist at Greg's Holistic Strength
Training, Greg Schmaus,
shares his incredible story of developing OCD and then healing it,
how to take back your health into your own hands, the blessing of
being a wounded healer, and how listening to your body's wisdom
will greatly serve you along your wellness journey.
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Listen To Episode 356 As Greg
[1:30] Taking Back Health Into Our Own Hands
- Greg's Holistic Strength
- Greg Schmaus
- CURED Nutrition
Unpacking what lessons we can learn from our own inner child
plus what Josh and Greg have learned from theirs on the path to
healing past wounds.
Exploring the chasm between those who want to push pharmaceuticals
and the other side of healing: people taking the health of their
mind, body, and spirit into their own hands.
Why the wellness journey of healing is something that we all
face during our lifetimes on Earth.
His own healing journey after experiencing a testicular
torsion and coming out of anesthesia post-surgery.
How he came to meet Paul Chek and work with him to learn
, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, breathwork, nutrition, and
Why he used to have moments of questioning, "Why is this
happening to me?" but now knows after doing all the work exactly
why all of these experiences, no matter how difficult they were,
happened to him.
[18:00] The Blessing Of Being A Wounded Healer
Why he sees himself on a deeper level as a wounded healer
doesn't just define himself by his credentials.
Why wellness professionals can only take a client on a healing
journey as far as they have been on one in their own lives.
- How to Eat,
Move and Be Healthy! by Paul Chek
Understanding that a lot of what the universe wants to share
with us is only given when we are truly ready for it.
Exploring the collective Hero's Journey we are all facing
right now during COVID-19
with mass media manipulation and rising suicide rates.
Other wounds he has experienced in life as a child and how
they gave him the "gift" of OCD
His transition from a physical warrior to a spiritual
warrior and how being able to be silent and sit with it is his
Why some of our greatest attributes that go against cultural
norms are being shunned but we shouldn't let that happen.
[29:00] What The Mind Can Teach Us
[37:00] How OCD Compares To Other Forms Of Mental Illness
Explaining how OCD differs from other forms of mental illness
such as ADHD,
anxiety, and depression.
Why we tend to focus more on our thoughts rather than our
emotions and feelings.
Unpacking why obsessive
thought patterns are a way of keeping the
mind occupied to avoid feelings and emotions that we're not yet
ready to embrace and experience.
- Living 4D with
Paul Chek - Greg Schmaus: Overcoming OCD and the Mental Health
Exploring whether there is a divine
to heal or if we are the ones who get to decide when it
How to decide if it's the right time for you to begin the
wellness journey of healing.
The importance of having a dream or knowing why you want to
heal to help you stick to a program.
Why he doesn’t desire to get rid of his OCD or anxiety because
he has learned how to integrate them into his being instead.
How social media
and technology are impacting society’s mental health as numbing
The easy access we have to check out of our reality, thoughts,
and feelings only to check in to someone else’s via reality TV or a
movie on Netflix.
[54:00] Healing OCD With Holistic Nutrition
[58:00] Listening To Your Body’s Wisdom
What steps we can take to become really clear on our body
wisdom and what nutrients
for our unique biochemistry.
How to use your natural intuition to know whether a certain
food is what your body needs right now.
The challenges we face to listen to the body’s
when we either have diet dogmas, addictions, or
biochemical imbalances in the gut
Why your nighttime cravings might actually be parasites in the
gut that are impacting your sleep
Multiple health symptoms that were showing up in his gut
post-surgery as it continued to hold onto the stress through poor
digestion and gut
The moment he noticed that the state of his gut had a huge
influence on the state of his mind.
His view on intelligence and why we often use the idea of
intellect as a shield to stay safe and avoid exploring different
Why he views awareness
being more important than intelligence and how we can improve our
state of awareness and consciousness through meditation.
[1:08:00] Mental Hygiene Practices For Life
Why we cannot connect with the world around us when we are not
actually connected to ourselves and know who we are at our
Mental hygiene practices to help us reconnect with ourselves
and our inner
Why a consistent meditation practice is a non-negotiable part
of his regular mental hygiene.
How exposing himself to Hormetic Stressors such as the hot and
cold as well as breathwork
helps to keep him grounded and strengthen the muscle to embrace
The power of grounding and earthing
walking barefoot on the earth for someone who has a lot of mental
Why it’s so important to be mindful
the amount of information you are consuming especially now with the
[1:13:00] The Four Most Common Addictions
Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer,
and Visionary by Angeles Arrien
Unpacking the four most common addictions
intensity, perfectionism, needing to know, and the fixation on
Why our constant need to know something or fix what is going
on in our lives is an addiction in itself.
Exploring one of his favorite quotes from Matt Kahn:
“Whatever question you have, the answer is exactly what you
don’t need right now but the answer will be there when we’re ready
to receive it but you need to be able to live without it
Why, for Greg, stillness
our access to the truth but it’s not necessarily the access to all
of the answers because the questions that we’re asking are usually
the wrong questions.
How he came to the point to realize that his OCD was actually
a gift to unpack and apply its spiritual teachings to his
[1:19:30] Coming Back Into Balance And Awareness Through The
Exploring the massive gut check we’re experiencing as a
society as we go through the Middle Way
Whether the Middle Way is actually the right path for us or if
we should go hard right or hard left instead.
How we use the pathways of hard left or right to
counterbalance the imbalance that we had prior to COVID-19
How we can come back to the Middle Way after going hard right
or hard left.
Why the violence that we’re seeing in today’s society
happening because we’re avoiding going in and looking at the
Exploring this new wave of masculinity
as men are starting to face their emotions, feel their pain as well
as accept and love all of their feelings.
Why there is a place for conscious
that is not used destructively and how it can be explored
in the Middle Way.
What happens when we define an emotion
“bad” and store it back in the unconscious
instead of being willing to experience and accept it.
How the breath
used to bridge the mind and the body in the present moment.
Power Quotes From The
Healing OCD Through Integrating It Into Your Being
"I have healed my OCD but have I completely gotten rid of
everything? No, but I don't have the desire to get rid of
everything because I've integrated it into my being and I know that
it's the greatest spiritual teacher that I've ever had; it's the
only reason I can really understand how the mind works and how
consciousness works. So, the answer to the question, 'Can we can
heal mental health 100%?' is 'yes' but to heal it 100% is the
acknowledgment that we're not here to get rid of it, we're here to
integrate it. By carrying our mental health struggles with us, we
heal them 100% but if we focus on getting rid of it for good, then
we're still engaged in it." - Greg Schmaus
Separating Ourselves From Our Addictions
"OCD is a form of addiction and the challenge we run into with
trying to get rid of an addiction is the part of ourselves that is
engaged in it is also the same part that is trying to get rid of
it. It's almost as if addiction has this persona that is wrestling
itself and we're creating the illusion that we're in the wrestling
match. So, the first thing to do is to become aware that you are
separate from that conflict; you are the one that is observing the
conflict. OCD and addiction are very similar in their energy and
root cause; usually they some form of trauma that runs so deep that
we will set up these conditions, routines, and rituals as a way of
making sure that we never re-experience that level of vulnerability
again." - Greg Schmaus
The Healing Journey's Divine Timing
"A lot of times, we're not yet ready to heal and integrate the
parts of ourselves that we've rejected or abandoned. I do feel that
there is divine timing in terms of when we are ready and the
opportunities will present themselves but the prerequisite for all
of that to happen is awareness. We have to be aware of when those
opportunities and those teachers or mentors are presenting
themselves to us." - Greg Schmaus
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About Greg Schmaus
Greg Schmaus is a Holistic
Health Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist. His work focuses
primarily on coaching clients with various physical, mental, and
emotional challenges using the tools, of nutrition,
meditation, mindfulness, exercise, and lifestyle coaching, Greg has
been a guide for many clients globally .... their healing journey.
Greg's work was inspired by his own healing journey, overcoming
obsessive-compulsive disorder using these holistic healing
Greg’s journey began in the arena of athletics. As a kid, he was
always playing soccer, ski racing, or out playing on the golf
course. At the age of 16, Greg moved to South Carolina to pursue
golf exclusively. This led him to earn a Division I scholarship at
The University of Houston.
After a traumatic injury and surgery during his freshman year,
Greg began to experience various physical and mental health
challenges. These challenges eventually led him in a new direction.
Rather than pursuing golf collegiately and professionally, he began
to invest more time in holistic health, healing, and went on a
journey of self-discovery. This journey led him to the CHEK
Institute, where Greg furthered his studies. At the CHEK Institute,
Greg studied corrective exercise and rehabilitation, nutrition, and
holistic health coaching.
Greg's Mission To Help Others Heal
During this time, Greg was personally coached and mentored by
the founder of the CHEK Institute, Paul Chek. After two years of
working with Paul, which included training in meditation, tai chi,
shamanic healing, and lifestyle coaching, Greg opened up his own
practice. Using the tools that were taught to him by his mentor and
guide, Greg now acts as a mentor and guide for others on their
Currently residing in Englewood, NJ, Greg works with clients
locally at his studio and remotely via Skype, FaceTime, or
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