Erez Shek started out in theatre but found the need to normalize conversation around mental health, self-awareness, Healing & growth by having those conversations.
How can you create and foster creativity in your life to strengthen your resiliency? In this episode of The Shek Check, Erez sits down with David Monticalvo to discuss discovering where creativity lives inside of each of us and how we can cultivate our creativity to build resiliency. David is a speaker and author who has gone through his own personal journey to re-awaken his creativity. He is here to discuss how to cultivate creativity and use it as an opportunity to become more resilient.David believes that the Universe pushes us to where we are supposed to be through outside circumstances. He told himself he wasn’t creative, and being used to task-based jobs influenced this perception of himself. David credits the book ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron as starting him back on his path to creativity.Do something that fosters creativity in your daily life. It can be as simple as visualizing how a plant will look in your room. No matter how small, see the value in the everyday creative. Don’t let the big ideas in the world intimidate you. Remind yourself through creativity that you are more than your present circumstance.For those struggling to re-start their creativity, David offers some advice. Relax and adopt a mindset of play when creating. Remember what you were drawn to as a kid and adapt it to your life now. Did you enjoy playing with Legos? Try building something with your hands, no matter how small. Shift your perspective away from trivializing the small things and instead, see it as a form of self-care.To end the episode, David urges you to remember that your creativity isn’t the same as others, and it doesn’t have to be! Do what promotes joy and look at every moment as an opportunity to change.Want to learn more about David? Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidmonticalvo/Keep checking yourself with The Shek Check on social media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theshekcheckInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshekcheck/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShekCheckThe more opportunities we have to check ourselves, the less we wreck ourselves. So make sure to subscribe wherever you are listening to us AND visit our website: https://theshekcheck.com/
In this episode, Erez highlights LGBTQ History month and the complexities of coming out of the closet- as well as what the future can look like with changed behaviors in our society. What can we do to create inclusivity in our behaviors, language, schools and homes to develop space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer folk? Learn more about LGBTQ History Month by visiting: https://lgbthistorymonth.com/The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Learn more about the Trevor Project by visiting:  https://www.thetrevorproject.org/Get Checked with Erez on Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShekCheckInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshekcheck/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheShekCheck/
Continuing my chat with social action activist, educator and psychotherapist Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez.In Part I of our discussion we started taking a closer look at our understanding of racism and how it is built into our systems (internal and external).We continue that in part II, exploring topics of race in mental health care, suicide prevention, pop culture representation and police brutality.How and what can we reframe to feed our evolution and allow that to become our revolution?This episode does touch on sensitive subjects regarding suicide prevention. If you are in danger of hurting yourself please reach out. The counselors at the crisis text line are ready to support you.If you are in the United States or Canada text "HOME" to 741-741If you are in the United Kingdom text "HOME" to 852-58For more information please visit: https://www.crisistextline.org/You are not alone in what you are experiencing, and you deserve the support to remind you of that. Please reach out.In this episode Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez spoke about the work of Author Layla Saad. Learn more about Layla and her book "Me and White Supremacy" using this link: http://laylafsaad.com/Are you totally obsessed with Angelica like I am?Make sure to visit the Cervitude Website and her social media pages:Cervitude Website: https://bit.ly/3kORIIWTwitter: https://twitter.com/DrPinnaPerezFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrPinnaPerezInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/createonthe8/Make sure you follow The Shek Check on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShekCheckFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheShekCheck/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshekcheck/Website: https://theshekcheck.com/ Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez | she/ella, is a trauma aware and culturally affirming psychotherapist, educator and social action activist. She is the founder of The Cervitude Coalition 501(c)(3), a non-profit increasing access to quality holistic mental health care.   Her passion is integrative health in the context of globalization and decolonizing oppression in all contexts, including internalized messages.Her clinical work centers the needs, desires and stories of marginalized individuals with intersectional identities that have limited structural power within our current social system that disenfranchises these community members. She is re-imagining ways of creating access for BIPOC that aim to radically transform how we all think about direct action as community care.She was an Associate Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, resigning June 30, 2020 to pursue Cervitude endeavors full time.  
Host Erez Shek sat down this week to speak with Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez, a trauma aware and culturally affirming psychotherapist, educator and social action activist. She is the founder of The Cervitude Coalition 501(c)(3), a non-profit increasing access to quality holistic mental health care. A fierce advocate for equity in holistic mental health care, she centers anti-colonial re-imaginings in order to amplify its healing impact on people and communities living with complex collective trauma.In this episode, we embrace conversations surrounding equity in health care systems, educational systems and judicial systems. Exploring how decolonization can assist us to truly tackle racism and the systemic issues that feed our need to redefine our evolution and be truly r/Evolutionary.Our ability and desire to question not only things around us, but also question ourselves becomes a powerful internal tool that naturally becomes an external power.Join the r/Evolutionary fun with Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez and Cervitude:Cervitude Website: https://bit.ly/3kORIIWTwitter: https://twitter.com/DrPinnaPerezFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrPinnaPerezInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/createonthe8/Make sure you follow The Shek Check on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShekCheckFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheShekCheck/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshekcheck/Website: https://theshekcheck.com/Make sure to hit that subscribe button so you get notified when Part II of our conversation drops and when any new content drops.
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San Francisco, California, United States of America
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