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Supervised Consumption Sites, avoiding burnout, and addressing stigma in neurodiversity

Flight of Thoughts

Release Date: 10/09/2019

The cognitive importance of dark imagery, altered states of conciousness, and routes to enlightenment show art The cognitive importance of dark imagery, altered states of conciousness, and routes to enlightenment

Flight of Thoughts

For this episode Daniel Greig joins me to explore themes surrounding trauma, darkness, and the complexity of the human experience.  He teaches me how dark imagery fits in to human cognition and how altered states relate to healing.  Daniel discusses how he is writing a book with Dr. John Vervaeke about the journeys we take through our lives on gaining insight, remaining grounded, and the various pathways to enlightenment!  The book is called "The Cognitive Continuum: From Insight to Enlightenment". Daniel is an educator, organizer and artist living in Toronto. He studied...

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Before embarking on an adventure to India to explore and film, Sébastien Clérmont joins me in a coffee shop to discuss the various ways that our society copes with death and dying.  We talk about how other cultures view death and how we may shift ours to a healthier and more effective way to cope. Throughout the conversation we touch on the crisis of meaning that human beings face.  Sebastien shares what he has learned about human behaviour and what his experiences show him about growth. 

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This episode summarizes some of what I've noticed in my first run of shifts doing harm reduction and overdose response.  I also talk about stigma in cannabis users and other populations of drug-users.  This episode introduces this topic that will be explored with future guests!  I bring up neurodiversity, a concept I hope to explore more as well.

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Flight of Thoughts

This episode summarizes some of what I've noticed in my first run of shifts doing harm reduction and overdose response.  I also talk about stigma in cannabis users and other populations of drug-users.  This episode introduces this topic that will be explored with future guests!  I bring up neurodiversity, a concept I hope to explore more as well.

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Filmmaker, Luke Montgomery (Montgomery Picture) joins me to talk about how psychedelics have influenced our mental health, along with the current research and mental health benefits.  We discuss how to avoid abusing psychedelics, how to hold space for an experience, and the proper integration of set/setting/intention to avoid negative consequences.  Another area that we discuss is how struggling with depression can in some cases come from a loss of meaning and negative framing of circumstances.

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More Episodes

There will be more episodes on drugs, substance-use, and supervised consumption sites in the near future, but this one introduces the topic since I started working at one.  This episode summarizes some of what I've noticed in my first run of shifts doing harm reduction and overdose response.  I also talk about stigma in cannabis users and other populations of drug-users.  Many first responders (and most other Canadians) are afraid to come forward about how cannabis is helping them because they fear discrimination from their workplace.  This episode introduces this topic that will be explored with future guests!  I bring up neurodiversity, a concept I hope to explore more as well.  Self-care and avoiding burnout is another area that I hope to address with other guests that I have on soon, but I talk about the rules that I am trying to put in place for my own self-care.  If you have a high-stress profession (or kids) then you need to learn to recognize when you are failing to care for yourself and what works for you.  Everyone is different in what activities or techniques work for them!

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This podcast is uncensored and covers many topics considered “taboo” or difficult for some individuals. We do not condone any illegal activities, as this is a platform for harm reduction and open-dialogue.  Although the ideas are mostly evidence-based and honest, the lines of reality and comedy may be blurred at times...this is your trigger warning!