People often ask me if what I do is like mindfulness or meditation. Although there are elements of that in what I do, radical aliveness is very different. Often times mindfulness and meditation lead to a more detached or “observer self”-- an awareness of what is happening such as our emotions. Radical Aliveness brings embodied presence. The embodied presence is where you actually not only notice the present feelings but also allow them to flow through you in order to transform. The biggest difference is that the Radical Aliveness process asks you to embody your essence in relationship, with each other and in the world.
I personally find that meditation is very helpful in gaining insight, reducing stress and calming my inner chatter. These are all necessary steps in realizing yourself and reducing suffering. But I often find it is not enough because 1) I need lasting behavior change 2) I find that life is more fulfilling when shared with others. Sharing a laugh always feels better than cracking up alone. Sharing my story in the presence of the other makes healing faster. There is tremendous power in being witnessed and in knowing we are not alone.
So if meditation is a process of going in and finding the gem inside; radical aliveness is a process of blossoming inside out and sharing your gems with the world.
Radical Aliveness process combines movement and consciousness, by hitting, punching and moving your energy so you can gain the unconscious insights quickly without years and years of practicing. When one can embody, express and embrace all of your thoughts, feelings and energy, you are letting your light shine in the world.