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Self-care Challenges...Together
Episode 318th December 2023 • Being the Work • Ben Wire and Blakely Adams
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With a mixture of humor and confrontation, we build on the last two episodes, getting down to the business of setting some self-care challenges for one another based on what we know about each other. Self-care is so much more than mere coping skills. Join us as we face some vulnerabilities and fears and walk our unique paths to wellness, together.

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I

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thought we came to the conclusion that

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I was a four

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Blakely: You are a

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Ben: of

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Blakely: dicky.

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Ben: Motivations and not because the

Stabile book is like, the behavior is

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super, like it is on point for me, but

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Blakely: behaviorally, with nine, right?

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Ben: yes,

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yes,

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Blakely: Motivation.

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And she specifically says that's

what confuses me when she even talks.

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She specifically says the

motivation is the key.

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There will be a lot of different ways

that that shows up different ways.

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People behave motivation key, but

then she'll give you a list of

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a lot of different ways that

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that are behaviors.

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different ways People behave motivation

key but then she'll give you a

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list of

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Ben: about,

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Blakely: that are behaviors.

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Ben: I think Aiden.

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the difference between you were

talking about Aiden and how comfort

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Blakely: because I was talking about

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Ben: like you could

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see the difference between his motivations

for comfort and my motivations for

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significance and from the really

harshness yeah, Not like, moving away

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from the really harshness of life.

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Um, cause I sort of romanticize

the, uh, wonder and the pain of

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life.

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Blakely: struggle.

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Ben: Mm hmm.

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And then, yeah.

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Blakely: I like in this book that I

use the S the essential Enneagram,

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Ben: Uh huh.

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Blakely: it has at the top of each

number, the basic proposition,

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which is this three piece thing.

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It's like the fundamental principle

I lost sight of early in life

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what I came to believe instead.

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And then the adaptive strategy I

developed as a result of this belief.

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So it gives you that, like, I

came to believe I missed this like

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core tenant of human existence.

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Or like I had something happen

to me that challenged it.

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I came to believe something else Or

and then developed a strategy to get

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through life I came to believe something

And so the way it breaks that down.

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and then I see it resonating a ton

with myself in confirming my eightness,

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especially after going off of last

week when I had a really down, like

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I really kind of paid attention

to myself and kind of stress mode.

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especially after going off of last

week when I had a And the way that

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that energy flow switches when I'm

good and when I'm not good, I feel that

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Ben: Yeah.

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What, what's the

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Blakely: good.

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And I lean into five when I'm not

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good.

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And it makes

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so much sense I feel that

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because nurturing too is,

well, the five is the.

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And it makes so much Uh, the, that's my

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the

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nurturing

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Ben: the,

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Blakely: stuff.

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Ben: um, I only have

this much energy at all.

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So I'm only using Right.

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It's

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Blakely: a closing in.

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Ben: um I only have this

much energy at all So I'm

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only using it for specific

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Blakely: a Yes,

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I'm

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Ben: anything else that

encroaches on that is a no.

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Mm

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Blakely: a general flow, when I'm doing

pretty well or pretty average or whatever,

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eights tend to have a lot more energy.

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And mine isn't necessarily physical, but

I tend to have a ton of mental energy.

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or pretty average or It can

go a lot of different places.

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It can shift gears quickly

and that I've, it like

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dissipated

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it can go a lot of different

places It all I could do was

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Ben: four

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the

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Blakely: dissipated

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Ben: stress and success

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Blakely: and all I could do was

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Ben: for the four might actually

help me understand further.

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Blakely: Yeah, I, I find that with myself.

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So for you, that would be

insecurity, a one, so more of a,

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um, a perfectionist and achiever

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insecurity a one under stress, a two.

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So I, when I'm good, I'm a two when

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Ben: Okay.

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Blakely: and under stress People pleasing,

probably, yours would more look when

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Ben: Sure.

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Yeah.

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codependency.

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Blakely: People pleasing, probably,

yours People pleasing would more look

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Ben: Yeah.

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Absolutely.

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That makes sense.

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That

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Blakely: Whereas, which, I didn't

finish, I didn't finish what I was

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saying about the basic preposition.

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So for a four, the fundamental

principle that you lost sight of early

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in life was at the core, everyone

has a deep and deep and complete

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connection to all others and all things.

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early in life was at the instead,

you came to believe that people

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experience a painful their original

to all others and all things instead

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you came to believe that people

experience a painful instead you

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came to believe that people experience a

their original connections, leaving them

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feeling abandoned and feeling that missing

something learning to keep searching for

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ideal love or perfect circumstance to make

feel loved, whole, and complete again.

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I developed feelings of longing

and envy for what was missing.

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or perfect circumstance to make feel loved

whole and complete As opposed to a nine.

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and envy for what missing

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and they're not that

drastically different.

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As opposed to a

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nine Huh.

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and they're not

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that drastically different similar.

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So nine's last side of everyone belongs

equally in a state of unconditional love

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and union and instead came to believe

that the world makes people unimportant or

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Ben: Wow.

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Yeah,

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Blakely: making comfort and belonging

a substitute for love and work.

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came to believe that the world

makes unimportant or strategy is

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through inertia through inertia

toward my own self and priorities.

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I forgot myself and merged with others.

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I substituted in essentials

and small comforts for my real

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Ben: I feel like

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Blakely: my own self and priorities

I forgot myself and merged with

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others I substituted in essentials

and small comforts for my real

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Ben: I feel like the, when we

talk about like deeper, more like

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meaningful, motivational things, um,

the four rings a bell deeper in my.

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My stomach and my gut, like it, it,

it rings more bells, but then like the

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description of nines, that's, it's spot

on, like it's absolutely describes what

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I did, but not necessarily like how I

felt or like the, the why behind the how,

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Blakely: Well, and that's at its face.

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They're similar experiences.

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Losing sight of a sense of equal

belonging and unconditional

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love as opposed to experiences

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losing sight of a deep and complete

connection to all others and all things.

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Like those sound really similar

to But the subtle difference there

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is and complete connection to

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Ben: Hmm

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Blakely: the subtle difference there is

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Ben: say those replacement beliefs again.

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Hmm

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Blakely: connections.

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Um, Lee, let's see, people

experience a painful loss of their

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original connections, leaving them

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Ben: Sure, sure.

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Blakely: feeling like

they are missing something

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important.

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Lee see So fours maintain that

sense of longing, whereas nines,

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like missing something nines

lean into blending in and

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using comfort and a sense of

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that sense of longing the sense of

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love and worth

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is missing.

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Ben: Yeah.

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Blakely: nines lean into blending

in and using comfort and a sense of

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Ben: Yeah, I would Yeah, I think

that that's, that's confusing

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Blakely: the

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Ben: But Yeah, no, I did both Yeah

I think that that's that's confusing

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Blakely: the sense

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Ben: But I do think, if I were to just

strip aside all of the things I do, and

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really look at what is inside of me.

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Comfort is not the, the law.

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Comfort's not the longing.

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Like that's it's not the motivation.

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Yeah, it's not the motivation.

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Blakely: Because if you were to answer,

if you were to finish the sentence,

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I do everything I can to avoid what?

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What Because do you avoid at all costs?

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What sensations, what

experiences, what emotions?

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what What do you avoid at all costs

What What do you avoid at all costs what

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sensations what experiences what emotions

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Ben: Rejection, uh, loneliness, shame.

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Blakely: That's

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Ben: Rejection?

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Blakely: laughter, sorry.

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said the first thing of one of

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these.

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Ben: Oh, really?

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Blakely: Yes, so I do everything to, I

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Ben: That's a four,

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Blakely: One of them is

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Ben: Yeah, right,

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Blakely: other one is being

rejected, abandoned, not heard.

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to I

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Ben: That's a four

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Blakely: One

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of

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Ben: take At least

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right you were laughing at my

answer I were laughing at I

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don't know that you were la

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I take At least I didn't take it

as you were laughing at my answer.

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I were laughing at how clear

it is for being a four.

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That answer And going, oh,

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Blakely: aware how that

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Ben: Yeah

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Oh, that's so Ben to to say

that answer And duh, this

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Blakely: very aware of how that

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Ben: Yeah

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Blakely: I was laughing at

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Ben: right,

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Blakely: I was just having a

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Ben: is,

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Blakely: aware of the,

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Ben: is

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the

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no,

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Blakely: what I was laughing at

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Ben: right low hanging fruit

that if someone was wanting to

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hate

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Blakely: the

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Ben: is the they loved that me go

low hanging fruit that if someone was

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wanting to hate and they loved me, is

a fuck Blakely, but, but, retriever

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that For me, like this is a safe place.

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I know that I'm a golden

retriever that just

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Blakely: Oh my gosh.

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Ben: And you know that too.

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So, uh, I accept that about myself.

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And I long for connection and meaning

and joy people I love and I care about.

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And Yeah, uh, feeling ousted, or left, or

rejected is some of the worst, uh, like,

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um, most lonely experience I can feel.

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Like, yeah, those are sort of the

key, when I look back at like, like,

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key moments in my life, those are it.

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Like, I've got Four, three or four,

just right off the top of my head.

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That.

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Yep.

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Blakely: mean, on the more

strength oriented side of it all,

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I guess, the, mean the thing that,

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I feel most resonant like personally

in terms of the either or that you're

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kind of the either/or that you have

been weighing out with this is that

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like personally I also think

you have more for energy because

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you're more future oriented

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I also we riff and vibe on the

could happen what could do and we

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and that's super for energy.

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the Nines are concerned

with staying comfortable.

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Ben: that I've, I mean,

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Blakely: thing

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energy

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Ben: stasis that want to keep is like

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Blakely: staying comfortable

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Ben: I don't that the relationships

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Blakely: thing

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Ben: I think the stasis that want to

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keep is like the, the comfort

of the relationships I have.

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And I want to deepen those,

not necessarily stay just

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in comfort for myself.

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Like, I've never done that, necessarily.

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Like, every few years I, like,

am looking for big changes.

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And that's,

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Blakely: Well, and just

the, the capacity to

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Ben: right.

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Blakely: and brainstorm, I, as someone who

does that seemingly all the fucking time.

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Ben: right

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Blakely: and Notice it when I

run into someone else who has it.

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And I think, I think it's a super

eight and super four commonality.

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Whereas where they don't feel like, like

the energies are very different, but that

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Ben: And that's we

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Blakely: things and to pursue things

and to better the future, in a

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Ben: When

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Blakely: feel like like the

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Ben: do uh the tasks

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and that's we

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Blakely: things and to pursue

things and to better the future in a

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Ben: When we weren't wanting to do,

uh, the tasks we were supposed to be

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Blakely: Which you would think is super

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Ben: But I was also, I also

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when I took the Enneagram, but yeah, I

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Blakely: that was never actually

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Ben: I

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Blakely: the

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Ben: I

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was also I also when I took the not

when I took the Enneagram but yeah I

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Blakely: that was never actually

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Ben: I

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Blakely: the thing I

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Ben: I didn't understand, you know, I

thought it was the same as like MBTI and,

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and StrengthsFinder and this stuff, but I

did, I didn't think I, I didn't question

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the nine result because of like how, Okay.

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So like the Strengths, the

StrengthsFinder really, I mean, it gave

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me my top five and I did this idea.

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sat down and it was like, empathy,

and context, and, Oh, just all

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these, all these, strategic thinking.

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Like, empathy was number one, and then

there was like, four strategic thinking.

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Blakely: well, and you had learner,

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Ben: yes.

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Blakely: is different than mine

because it's learning for learning sake

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Ben: in this like I am

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Right.

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Right.

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Blakely: is different than mine

because it's learning for learning sake

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Ben: I took a lot of pride in this,

like, I am empathetic, because

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I was, like, I had real lived

life experience of that, right?

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But it wasn't, anyways, so all of that

didn't, it made me not question Right

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Blakely: level quiz, got a surface

level result took it at surface level.

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As you're getting through some of this,

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are you

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Ben: Because, am.

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Because my empathy,

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Blakely: Or are those one

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Ben: my empathy

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Blakely: are you

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Ben: Because am Because my empathy

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Blakely: Or are those one

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Ben: my empathy is filtered

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Blakely: What is that?

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Ben: my lived experience of

the person in the moment and

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my ability to think about it.

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Cause like, I mean, we've talked about

this before like, you are more cognitively

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empathetic And I'm more effectively

or emotionally empathetic where I

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feel what the other person is feeling.

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And I get, I sense the vibe more than

I put the puzzle pieces together of

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cognition, if that makes any sense.

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Like,

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Blakely: feels a very

imagination land place,

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Ben: I can sense body language than I

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Blakely: I I

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Ben: People's stories

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Blakely: land place

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Ben: I can sense body

language a lot better than I

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Blakely: I I,

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Ben: People's stories

together, if that makes sense.

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Blakely: Well, and I don't think I'm

not, like, intuitive or perceptive.

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I feel like I have that, but it

is related more to this constant

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Ben: But think, that's

the, difference is is

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Blakely: absorption

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Ben: I think difference, at

But think that's the I think

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that's the difference is is

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Blakely: absorption

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Ben: I think difference at least the way

I'm understanding it right now, is that

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your energy is push forward and get to

solutions and understand what's happening

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and Um, put the puzzle pieces together.

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kind of Like, right, yes,

and effective, quickly.

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Like, let's just keep, snap, snap,

move, move, move, kind of energy.

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And

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Blakely: like, effective

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Ben: if I'm speaking DBT

language, emotion mind driven

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is more

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Blakely: like effective

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Ben: if I'm speaking DBT language

emotion mind driven And reason

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mind informed, if that makes sense.

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So, like, I, the main engine of my

understanding is closeness and body

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language and affect oriented things,

where Yours is more reason mind oriented

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things using some affect to inform,

not necessarily other way around.

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So mine is immediacy, like the actual

clinical interventions I'm using

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is a lot of body oriented immediacy

oriented body language, things to help

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me gain context to what's going on.

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And then I think about their story after

I know how it feels in that moment.

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And then I bring reflections of

meaning and content together.

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So, anyways, all, like I'm sound,

making it sound like I've done this

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strategically, but I, I haven't actually

thought about it all like this I the

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book stuff and going it's my lived

experience with, you know, after

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learning all the book stuff and then

going through the internship stuff and

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then the thousands of hours of therapy.

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facilitated.

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This is now my description of my

life or my lived experience with it.

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And so, no, I think, I think that the

four, and I like this because I've been

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doing a lot of the compassion work and

stripping away some of the concepts and

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facades that I've, I've built up over the

years and just Being able to settle in and

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say, no, it's not that you're just super

empathetic and you've got this skill.

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That's amazing.

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It's you're actually the antenna for

sensitivity is everywhere in your life.

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And this is the way that you've

you've decided to employ it.

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Uh, for this bigger which sounds, as I'm

saying it, sounds very much like a four.

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Right?

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Like, I am so, so sensitive

to everything in my life.

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I just want to make a difference and,

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Blakely: Of

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Ben: yeah,

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so I think we've settled on it.

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I'm a four.

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Blakely: Of course

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Ben: I'm a four.

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recommendations did you say?

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You said prepared to Mm did

you say You said prepared to

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talk about recommendations.

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Like, what?

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Mm

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Blakely: of my mind, the last conversation

we had and sort of meandering through

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the sense of So I've I don't what

your energy is and where it goes and

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what your blind spots tend to be.

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And these different pieces that I

know kind of make you up and the

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things that I know motivate you.

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And it's just fun to

get out of my own head.

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And I think we have this kind of

like opposite sides of the magnet

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And it's just fun to get out

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of And so, And I think we yeah, I just

want to tell you to do a bunch of shit

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you don't want to of the magnet thing make

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Ben: Yeah and

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Blakely: Isn't that what I signed

up to do with my entire profession?

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Now I just get to

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do it to you.

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Ben: Right,

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Blakely: make

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Ben: Yeah and automatically

I'm going, I can't

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Blakely: Isn't that what I

signed up to do with my entire

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profession Now I just get Ugh!

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I know, and I have to run through

that filter too, of like, I can't,

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push harder than I'm willing to be pushed.

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But I feel like we're ready.

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We're good.

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too of like And I decided

was gonna kind of level it.

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So, I had a great AP English

teacher in high school.

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that And one of our big projects was

Memorizing a Shakespearean monologue,

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And one

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of

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Ben: that's

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Blakely: projects was

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you, ahead of time, I'm not

making you memorize the monologue

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Stay

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Ben: say, I don't know that that's gonna

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Blakely: you

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Ben: Ah.

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Blakely: me.

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but what he did

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Ben: Uh

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Blakely: we choose the level.

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you want to see, you can choose one

of these shorter If you want to be,

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Ben: Uh

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Blakely: right?

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:

I mean, I'm an A bitch.

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:

I did a long ass monologue If

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Ben: give me some

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:

Blakely: Lady Macbeth shit.

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:

Yeah,

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:

Ben: you're gonna give me some

433

:

Blakely: I mean I'm an a

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:

bitch

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Ben: do you wanna be,

436

:

Blakely: know you won't

like, don't need a grade, but

437

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Ben: you're gonna give me some choice.

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:

Blakely: the point

439

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Ben: How how do you wanna

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:

be

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:

Blakely: I know

442

:

you won't like you some things that I

feel could be beneficial or motivating,

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:

Ben: Mm

444

:

Blakely: some but that you avoid

or don't seem to lean into.

445

:

Ben: hmm.

446

:

Blakely: Cause was thinking about but

that mindfulness to me relates to self

447

:

care and the how and what of mindfulness

is why I was trying to remember those

448

:

Cause I was thinking about sort of kind

of what I was angling these around.

449

:

So observe, describe, participate of

is why I was trying to nonjudgmentally,

450

:

one mindfully and effectively.

451

:

these around And I feel like you

observe constantly and naturally.

452

:

and effectively So that's not the

piece of self care I'm pushing for

453

:

naturally like Describe is just, you

know, a daily of what we do anyway.

454

:

of self care I'm pushing for

455

:

feel like Ben is a four

with nine behaviors.

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:

He feels very deeply and does not

like to leave his comfort zone.

457

:

is a four with behaviors

458

:

And I just feel like like

to leave his comfort zone

459

:

effectively, non judgmentally, and one

mindfully diving into participating

460

:

in something would be great.

461

:

and one And you know that thing where

I said, why the fuck do I always

462

:

great either intense survival

or intense drama shows?

463

:

And Ben only watches funny always

464

:

Ben: Yeah?

465

:

Okay.

466

:

Blakely: don't know if Ben

knows where I'm going with this.

467

:

But if you want to get an A,

468

:

Ben only watches funny have your homework.

469

:

Ben: Okay

470

:

Blakely: don't know if Ben knows where

I want you if you want to get an A

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:

Ben: ho ho ho ho god okay

472

:

Blakely: improv

473

:

I want you

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:

Ben: ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho

ho ho ho ho ho ho ho god, okay.

475

:

Blakely: improv class.

476

:

This is the pinnacle of my

477

:

Ben: class

478

:

Blakely: Do It

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Ben: Okay.

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:

Blakely: dreams.

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:

This is the

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:

pinnacle of my

483

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Ben: Improv

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Blakely: you can just like, go

485

:

Ben: Oh

486

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Blakely: dreams

487

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Ben: go to a show.

488

:

Blakely: I know a woman on

an improv an improv troupe

489

:

Ben: Okay.

490

:

Blakely: is

491

:

Ben: Honestly, the Organizing all of the

schedule to figure that out is the, the,

492

:

at least the initial discomfort, but

493

:

I

494

:

Blakely: for the record, I don't

necessarily, maybe I'm getting

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ahead of myself, because I don't

consider this, this exercise to be

496

:

the one and done and I'll be all do

the thing I tell you to do and then

497

:

Ben: yeah,

498

:

Blakely: don't even necessarily

499

:

Ben: totally get the,

500

:

Blakely: I'm suggesting.

501

:

Ben: the rationale

502

:

Blakely: that that's the

one thing came do and then

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:

when I'm considering these

different pieces suggesting

504

:

Ben: the rationale

505

:

Blakely: that that's the one

thing came to considering And so

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:

logistics wise I'm here for it.

507

:

Ben: yeah, Yeah, yeah.

508

:

bit

509

:

Blakely: I

510

:

Ben: and then as I about it, I think

511

:

Blakely: how does that go for

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:

it

513

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Ben: I panic a little bit

514

:

Blakely: I

515

:

Ben: and then as I about

it I think no, that

516

:

Blakely: how does that go for you?

517

:

Ben: if I think about it objectively, as

I'm not here cringing in my skin, I think,

518

:

yeah, that's a good idea for that person.

519

:

and I realize I'm intellectualizing,

to stave off my discomfort about all.

520

:

Blakely: we, are, we're

putting should on a shelf.

521

:

So whatever I'm saying you

could do isn't even a should.

522

:

It's an example of the energy

I would love to you embrace.

523

:

Which is humor and Getting uncomfy for

524

:

Ben: which I feel

525

:

Blakely: I would love to you embrace

Which is humor and Getting uncomfy for

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:

Ben: which I feel like I have,

I definitely feel like I have

527

:

access to, and I have done before,

particularly when I was, when

528

:

Blakely: gonna go to stuff thought about.

529

:

Ben: a

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:

pediatric clinician.

531

:

a

532

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Blakely: ding ding!

533

:

ding!

534

:

I was next door.

535

:

I heard all of the

536

:

Ben: Yeah, Yes

537

:

Blakely: blast.

538

:

A lot.

539

:

Ben: I did have a

540

:

Blakely: Ding

541

:

ding

542

:

Ben: No you didn't.

543

:

You didn't.

544

:

I, I was sad.

545

:

I well as

546

:

Blakely: I don't know that I had as much

547

:

Ben: with No You

548

:

didn't You didn't I I was sad

I was next to you as well as

549

:

Blakely: I don't know that I had as much

550

:

Ben: as annoyed with you or I'm just

sorry as annoyed as you were with me.

551

:

I felt sad for you.

552

:

At level, because you were just

sitting there, and while I was

553

:

doing, Yes, and, uh, the, uh, someone

554

:

Blakely: I recall,

yelling about their mom a

555

:

Ben: as

556

:

Yes and the someone

557

:

Blakely: I recall

yelling about their mom a

558

:

Ben: as well.

559

:

Blakely: Oh, yeah.

560

:

yeah.

561

:

That wasn't a regular,

562

:

Ben: No, no, no, that

563

:

was just one incident.

564

:

Blakely: Yeah This is why they shouldn't

put pediatric next door to the walk

565

:

Ben: Walk in crisis.

566

:

Blakely: Yes, it was, uh, sometimes.

567

:

This is why we expressed

some concern about it.

568

:

to walk

569

:

Because I think maybe my clients

traumatized your clients a little extra.

570

:

it is why we expressed some concern

about it that is something that I was

571

:

thinking about, is what could I put

together in my mind, at least in my

572

:

imagination, without asking you directly?

573

:

What's what And it just

seems like silliness.

574

:

Life has

575

:

gotten really serious.

576

:

Ben: has

577

:

Blakely: And it just seems like the

little moments, like you're not seeing

578

:

Ben: you?

579

:

know we did

580

:

Blakely: Not little, Not younger ones

581

:

Ben: No, ones

582

:

that I would

583

:

Blakely: the little

moments you're not seeing

584

:

Ben: you know we did

585

:

Blakely: Not little not younger ones

586

:

Ben: folding paper airplanes

and, uh, laughing yoga and, come

587

:

up with plays or little skits.

588

:

So, yeah, for sure.

589

:

I, I'm not opposed to it.

590

:

I'm not opposed to it.

591

:

I do think I need some of your,

your social work help to get

592

:

some resources together for that.

593

:

So if, you are willing to help me, then

sure, I'll, I'll definitely look into it.

594

:

And then, I will your help to actually

follow through with it, but right now,

595

:

no, I'm not totally opposed to that.

596

:

kind of, I am kind of excited

597

:

as well as scared with Yeah.

598

:

Yeah, yeah.

599

:

Blakely: Okay.

600

:

Ben: Okay.

601

:

Mm hmm.

602

:

hmm.

603

:

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

604

:

Okay, so, is there anything else?

605

:

Does you have anything else?

606

:

Blakely: easier that I

think we should do anyway.

607

:

Which was less whimsy, but still

the, like, you get uncomfortable

608

:

and participate because we've

talked a little bit about a

609

:

couple of organizations near us

610

:

Ben: Mm hmm.

611

:

Blakely: um, the like you get

uncomfortable actual meditation classes

612

:

Ben: would, uh, yeah.

613

:

mean,

614

:

Blakely: us

615

:

Ben: Mm hmm together.

616

:

Blakely: I would like for us to

just do that anyway, probably

617

:

classes

618

:

Ben: would uh yeah mean

619

:

Blakely: And so I went with something

little bit silly and fun, but I

620

:

think that's an important one anyway.

621

:

And it's one I want to do anyway.

622

:

Um,

623

:

Ben: think would already like to do that

624

:

Blakely: but I think

625

:

that's B grade option, to do anyway

626

:

but I just think Um,

627

:

Ben: think would already

628

:

like to do that for a B grade.

629

:

Blakely: B grade.

630

:

option,

631

:

Ben: how I've operated

632

:

Blakely: It's a D.

633

:

Ben: That's fine.

634

:

D.

635

:

is on the way an A, which

636

:

is how I've operated

637

:

Blakely: It's D.

638

:

Ben: You know, after realizing I have

ADHD, inattentive to be specific, I

639

:

realized that throughout all of my

schooling, I sat next to either two

640

:

people, the smart kids that helped me

actually achieve a good grade, or the

641

:

silly kids that I had a lot of fun with.

642

:

in my master's degree,

funnily enough, I had both.

643

:

Um, had a fellow ADH, ADH doer.

644

:

that we had the passion and

the drive and the enthusiasm.

645

:

but then we, we both, one of our friends

was also, more neurotypical, you know.

646

:

But, anyways, uh, where

was I going with that?

647

:

Fuck.

648

:

Um,

649

:

Blakely: For real, uh,

we were talking about

650

:

Ben: Yes grades.

651

:

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

652

:

So, the the perfectionism came

strategic for me to get good grades,

653

:

but once, once it got into just

things I was really interested in,

654

:

I was able be a better achiever.

655

:

Anyways, so this sort of ties in.

656

:

I'm going to do sort of like a,

a, a mangled segue into what I'm,

657

:

Blakely: how that helps.

658

:

Ben: what I was thinking about for you,

659

:

if, uh, you're ready.

660

:

So, as I have, over the few years,

as I have sort of deconstructed my

661

:

Achiever Perfectionism, and have, been

more gentle and compassionate with

662

:

myself, it's definitely a practice.

663

:

It's not a, it's not something

that I get perfectly.

664

:

But it's definitely, when I'm able to get

there, I remember what, progress I've had.

665

:

So, can you help me remember

some of the eight stuff?

666

:

I can't remember.

667

:

I think the Virgo was The

energy that I felt from our last

668

:

conversation is, uh, very much a No?

669

:

What are you?

670

:

Capricorn.

671

:

to remember exactly and Capricorn.

672

:

Okay, well, so that's not a great start

to remember exactly what Hehehehehehe

673

:

means but

674

:

Blakely: no

675

:

Ben: I don't know what that,

676

:

I don't know what that means but

uh, I have feeling I'll learn.

677

:

Blakely: I don't have any close to me.

678

:

It's just all that I am aware

679

:

Ben: Okay.

680

:

So let's see.

681

:

Blakely: don't have any close to me.

682

:

It's just all that I am aware

683

:

Ben: Okay, so eights, they're

intense, they drive forward, they're

684

:

about effectiveness, get shit done.

685

:

They don't mind fighting fights advocating

for things that need to be accomplished.

686

:

They are really avoidant with

vulnerability and use anger.

687

:

Like, they filter their

vulnerabilities into anger to

688

:

push forward and to make progress.

689

:

And whatever moon sign or sun

sign or whatever we want to call

690

:

it, it was very much around that.

691

:

You said Sagittarius and Capricorn?

692

:

Is that

693

:

Blakely: Mm hmm.

694

:

Yeah.

695

:

Ben: So you're like a

696

:

cusper, I guess, is what I think you

697

:

said.

698

:

Blakely: Yeah.

699

:

it's weird because I'm December 21st and

700

:

most things say Sagittarius.

701

:

Every once in a while start on December

702

:

Ben: Ates

703

:

Blakely: most say Sagittarius

704

:

Every once in a while 21st.

705

:

Ben: Ates are also uh, loyal, but

distrusting, and sort of rigid

706

:

with that, very protective of

themselves and the people they love.

707

:

Blakely: Do you want that basic

proposition thing for the eight?

708

:

Ben: that'd be good.

709

:

Blakely: The fundamental principle

I lost sight of is everyone begins

710

:

in innocence, coming freshly to

each moment, and everyone can sense

711

:

principle is Which I will just

say, everyone can sense truth.

712

:

I already want to

713

:

sense

714

:

Ben: Right.

715

:

smarter Well yeah,

716

:

Blakely: I'm trying to just read Not

even that I'm smarter than everybody.

717

:

I don't even know if

718

:

Ben: trust anyone

719

:

Blakely: but I don't

feel like everyone can.

720

:

Ben: no

721

:

Blakely: I'm trying just read

Not even that I'm smarter than

722

:

everybody I don't

723

:

even know if

724

:

Ben: trust anyone

725

:

Blakely: but I don't feel like everyone

726

:

can to

727

:

Ben: astrology too.

728

:

I also, also, like, I that was the

729

:

Blakely: I'm trying to

730

:

Ben: astrology too I am seeking and

when I find I hold strong to it.

731

:

So, you lost sight that everyone begins

in innocence and can sense truth.

732

:

Blakely: Yes.

733

:

What I came to believe instead is

it is a hard and unjust world in

734

:

take advantage of

735

:

which must be resisted.

736

:

is it is a

737

:

hard know that?

738

:

world in

739

:

take advantage

740

:

Ben: No!

741

:

Blakely: which must

742

:

be

743

:

Ben: of

744

:

Blakely: Are you looking around?

745

:

Ben: this is

746

:

Blakely: know that

747

:

Ben: it

748

:

Blakely: I can't

749

:

Ben: that This is part of

750

:

Blakely: Are you looking around

751

:

Ben: when people don't see it

752

:

Blakely: I can't stop.

753

:

Ben: you are just disoriented.

754

:

mine mine

755

:

Blakely: glaringly

756

:

Ben: exactly.

757

:

exactly.

758

:

So,

759

:

Blakely: you want my

adaptive strategy real It's

760

:

other

761

:

Ben: let's go with that.

762

:

Blakely: I learned to become strong

and powerful by imposing my own truth

763

:

and by hiding my vulnerability in

order to protect myself and others and

764

:

to gain respect and a sense of worth.

765

:

I developed a forceful, big,

766

:

lustful energy.

767

:

energy and came to rely

on my own instincts.

768

:

a sense of worth I developed a forceful

769

:

Ben: sounds lonely

770

:

Blakely: energy just

771

:

Ben: the

772

:

Blakely: own instincts

773

:

and came to rely on

774

:

Ben: your own strength.

775

:

And power to impose your truth, to

protect your vulnerability, to protect

776

:

other people, to gain respect and worth,

and you've learned to rely on your

777

:

own sense of intellect If I stay in

the same sort of advice structure over

778

:

the mindfulness skills from I like it.

779

:

you either sit still observe, you

get active and describe, or you get

780

:

more active and you participate.

781

:

all the what skills.

782

:

So, non judgment is a skill

that you struggle with.

783

:

To take that further into

acceptance is even harder.

784

:

Particularly when it's, when

it's like, when you aren't in

785

:

an influential role, right?

786

:

So like, when you're, when you are your

social work self, and you are helping

787

:

someone you are in the influence.

788

:

And so, Uh accept it's, it's very

easy for you to, accept and not

789

:

judge people who are either in their

weakness or in their innocence.

790

:

You are willing to be strong

with them, them, lend them some

791

:

of your strength to help them.

792

:

But when it's just you, and your

worldview up against the world, laughter

793

:

so one

794

:

So, I, I think where I'm

going with this is, um, see.

795

:

So one is

796

:

I don't know how to say this,

so I'm just gonna say it.

797

:

vulnerability

798

:

To non judgmentally

observe your vulnerability

799

:

Blakely: Okay,

800

:

Ben: Mwahahahaha!

801

:

Blakely: sounds like a thing

that is, would be done.

802

:

Ben: what do you, what?

803

:

then

804

:

Blakely: a, like a, a thing

that would be done, but

805

:

done

806

:

Ben: A thing that would be done.

807

:

You're asking

808

:

inaccessible, It's like what the

809

:

Blakely: a thing seemingly Yes.

810

:

Seemingly inaccessible.

811

:

Ben: Yes, the idea here is

inaccessible It's like what the, fuck

812

:

Blakely: seemingly

813

:

And this is, oh my God, this

814

:

Ben: Well think mean if I it into

active if I put it into active

815

:

Blakely: to be

816

:

this

817

:

Ben: Well think the I mean I put it

into active if I put it into active

818

:

Blakely: to be

819

:

Ben: rather than I

820

:

Blakely: is such

821

:

Ben: accept your vulnerability rather

than just protect your vulnerability.

822

:

And so, something scared of is

something that needs to be experienced.

823

:

And challenge, like, the judgment of

such needs to be challenged and embraced.

824

:

The, the essence of this suggestion

is you don't have to fight yourself

825

:

and your own fear and vulnerability.

826

:

There's so much out there already.

827

:

Like, okay, so if I take this backwards.

828

:

Blakely: Mm

829

:

Ben: begins in innocence

and can sense truth.

830

:

There was at some point that

that was, easy truth for you, as

831

:

a little baby, I would imagine.

832

:

then you realize that the powerful

take advantage of the weak.

833

:

And so you had to build your own power.

834

:

But the message learned was I have

to extinguish vulnerability, right?

835

:

you know, I'm calling bullshit on that.

836

:

I think this is something that you

already know how to do because I've

837

:

seen it in you, particularly when

are the one in the power or the

838

:

influence when giving it to others.

839

:

Like, you are helping others, you're

lending them your power and your

840

:

influence and your strength and

character to help them out of their

841

:

weakness and out of their vulnerability.

842

:

you're able to be there in

loving presence with them.

843

:

And that's what I'm wanting for you.

844

:

it can heal some of wounds

of you abandoning yourself.

845

:

As a little baby when you were saying I

had to find my own strength to control my

846

:

own vulnerability to oppose the powerful

in this world so that I can protect

847

:

myself and protect the ones I love.

848

:

it feels like a split.

849

:

compassion

850

:

To me, it's like the stitching

together of you having self compassion

851

:

Blakely: Mm

852

:

Ben: That's sort of the

essence of what I'm suggesting.

853

:

What are your initial reactions

beside, uh, a thing that can be done.

854

:

Blakely: Well, it's just, yeah, sure,

of course, that makes sense, but

855

:

I'm not going to, and I don't know

856

:

Ben: it's it's definitely

857

:

Blakely: yep, I mean, it's easy, it's

actually easy to say, yeah, yeah, I'm

858

:

gonna do that, I'm not going I don't know

859

:

Ben: it's it's definitely

860

:

Blakely: what, and that's,

that's just my authentic, like,

861

:

I'm gonna do that

862

:

sounds like an easy thing to say

you're going to do because it's just

863

:

a, like a, the spirit of it all.

864

:

And sure.

865

:

I love my vulnerability.

866

:

No, I don't.

867

:

to say you're going to do because

868

:

it's just a like a the spirit of it all

869

:

a bridge.

870

:

I don't, I'm not seeing

over No I don't it's

871

:

yeah, I see it.

872

:

Ben: Yes I okay so I

873

:

Blakely: over the can

874

:

Ben: Yeah.

875

:

problem

876

:

Blakely: that

877

:

vulnerability and self

878

:

yeah I see it

879

:

Ben: Yes I okay so I presented

you I presented you the problem

880

:

Blakely: that and self

881

:

Ben: and the idea of a solution.

882

:

But not necessarily how to get there.

883

:

Blakely: Where was

884

:

Ben: Yeah you're kind of being you're you

885

:

Blakely: I'm being

886

:

Ben: Acceptance.

887

:

Yeah

888

:

Blakely: Where was

889

:

Ben: Yeah.

890

:

you're kind of being an asshole.

891

:

Like, you're

892

:

Blakely: I'm being

893

:

Ben: I mean you are

894

:

Blakely: is,

895

:

Ben: Which, I,

896

:

Blakely: not

897

:

Ben: So like no no where it's

898

:

Blakely: I know that like, mockery

899

:

is my I'm not

900

:

and I'm not, I'm just,

901

:

Ben: how to doing

902

:

and so

903

:

Blakely: I have no

904

:

fucking

905

:

you're talking about.

906

:

know

907

:

Ben: I'm asking you to do something

908

:

Blakely: and I'm not I'm just

909

:

Ben: how to do or are comfortable

910

:

doing and so

911

:

Blakely: no

912

:

fucking

913

:

Ben: went

914

:

into the

915

:

Blakely: you just sign up

and pay 30 and you go on the

916

:

Ben: to embrace more no you went into the

917

:

Blakely: you just sign up

and pay 30 and you go on the

918

:

Ben: to embrace more whimsy embrace

919

:

more fun do this just like,

920

:

Yeah,

921

:

pushing back on

922

:

Blakely: yes

923

:

Ben: No, look

924

:

Blakely: in my hand today?

925

:

Ben: Look, I'm I'm learning how to do this

just like you're, you're pushing back on

926

:

Blakely: today

927

:

So how can I have this in my hand today

928

:

Ben: Yeah you're like, no, don't explore

this right now, Ben, because if you don't

929

:

explore it, I don't have to do anything

930

:

Blakely: I'm here for it.

931

:

And I don't know how to get there.

932

:

And I'm gonna need a, uh, I need a map.

933

:

it Because I feel like I definitely feel

the shoulds of I should know how to just

934

:

do that because of who I am and what I do.

935

:

but the of part

936

:

Ben: huh Uh huh

937

:

Uh

938

:

Blakely: do little hole and

masking it always with other stuff.

939

:

And it's a, it's authentically, it's a

lot of what I'm talking about right now.

940

:

I find myself in a

941

:

Ben: huh

942

:

Blakely: in life

943

:

Ben: Okay

944

:

Blakely: And it's a it's authentically

945

:

Ben: Okay So

946

:

Pima has

947

:

this

948

:

Blakely: a

949

:

Ben: huh

950

:

Blakely: in life

951

:

Ben: Okay Okay Okay.

952

:

Blakely: mm

953

:

Ben: Pema Chodron has this book It's

called The Places That Scare You.

954

:

Blakely: mm

955

:

Ben: Oh, I guess you're gonna have Right

956

:

Blakely: like the only one I don't have.

957

:

If that doesn't say

958

:

Ben: You're gonna Right Right

959

:

Blakely: like over I don't

960

:

Ben: So, yes, Pema Chodron book.

961

:

It's called The Places That Scare You.

962

:

There is, in the seventh chapter,

is called Loving Kindness.

963

:

Blakely: yeah, Maitri.

964

:

Ben: yes, Maitri.

965

:

Um

966

:

train

967

:

Blakely: my tree

968

:

Ben: are so

969

:

Blakely: Oh I used to do my

970

:

Ben: says We train in seeing that

others are so different from ourselves.

971

:

Feels like the original,

Everyone begins in innocence.

972

:

for

973

:

We train in opening our hearts and minds

in increasingly difficult situations.

974

:

for aspiring Bod his sat-vas.

975

:

for the aspiring loving kindness

warrior, I think is what.

976

:

This is the essential practice to

cultivate loving kindness, open

977

:

heartedness, open mindedness, a.

978

:

k.

979

:

a.

980

:

Maitri, in the Shambhala teachings

is called placing our fearful mind

981

:

in the cradle of loving kindness.

982

:

Another image for Maitri or loving

kindness is that of a mother bird

983

:

who protects and cares for her young.

984

:

Until they are strong enough to fly away.

985

:

People sometimes ask,

who am I in this image?

986

:

The mother or the chicks?

987

:

The answer is that we are both.

988

:

And this is what I mean from the

Enneagram, idea there, that you

989

:

were split from this idea that

everyone was born into innocence

990

:

and has the ability to see truth.

991

:

And I think that.

992

:

In that process, you've also lost

the ability to see that your own

993

:

vulnerability is not weakness, that your

own vulnerability makes you human and

994

:

is a strength and is something that can

be loved on like a baby chick, that you

995

:

don't always have to be the mom who is

always protecting and, and caring for.

996

:

And I feel like this is very much like

your day to day life, which is all.

997

:

always the responsibility on you and

you have to do more shit where I think

998

:

Blakely: No because it's on it's

999

:

Ben: you to experience

loving kindness for yourself.

:

00:42:51,867 --> 00:42:57,357

So anyway, she, in this, in this

chapter, she goes on to talk about

:

00:42:57,367 --> 00:43:01,382

actual, to cultivate loving kindness.

:

00:43:01,629 --> 00:43:03,309

That's what, that's my suggestion.

:

00:43:03,319 --> 00:43:07,785

And since you've already done it, just

like your suggestion was, uh, for me,

:

00:43:07,825 --> 00:43:12,852

a thing that I'd already done, I think

it's, uh, wonderful and appropriate.

:

00:43:13,443 --> 00:43:14,503

Blakely: Oh my gosh.

:

00:43:15,233 --> 00:43:17,203

There are a couple of things

that it makes me think about.

:

00:43:17,635 --> 00:43:18,595

One being,

:

00:43:19,074 --> 00:43:20,094

Ben: being unclear

:

00:43:21,373 --> 00:43:22,271

Blakely: There are a couple of things

:

00:43:22,271 --> 00:43:22,501

Ben: it

:

00:43:22,751 --> 00:43:23,591

Blakely: sorry for being a dick.

:

00:43:23,870 --> 00:43:24,930

Ben: No, sorry for being

:

00:43:24,991 --> 00:43:25,211

Blakely: No,

:

00:43:25,211 --> 00:43:25,771

actually.

:

00:43:26,421 --> 00:43:26,611

no,

:

00:43:26,611 --> 00:43:27,521

and that's fine.

:

00:43:27,740 --> 00:43:28,520

Ben: appreciate it.

:

00:43:28,770 --> 00:43:28,850

I

:

00:43:29,111 --> 00:43:31,181

Blakely: It wasn't even, it

wasn't even that it was unclear.

:

00:43:31,211 --> 00:43:31,741

It was just.

:

00:43:32,301 --> 00:43:33,641

I'll stick to that inaccessible

:

00:43:33,641 --> 00:43:33,921

word.

:

00:43:34,060 --> 00:43:34,580

that's fine

:

00:43:35,001 --> 00:43:37,191

I just felt it's, yes,

a thing that's hovering

:

00:43:37,231 --> 00:43:38,711

Ben: Hey it's real

:

00:43:39,212 --> 00:43:40,012

Blakely: it's a haunting

:

00:43:40,042 --> 00:43:41,162

Ben: skin and bones on it

:

00:43:41,325 --> 00:43:41,565

Blakely: felt

:

00:43:41,716 --> 00:43:42,306

it's made it corporeal.

:

00:43:42,355 --> 00:43:43,145

thing that's hovering

:

00:43:43,185 --> 00:43:44,665

Ben: Hey it's real

:

00:43:44,777 --> 00:43:45,220

Blakely: haunting

:

00:43:45,250 --> 00:43:46,370

Ben: skin and bones on it

:

00:43:46,705 --> 00:43:50,135

Blakely: it speaks a lot to what

I was talking about last time.

:

00:43:50,205 --> 00:43:55,475

I think you really heard me when I was

saying that I untethered myself from

:

00:43:55,485 --> 00:43:59,301

all of these like rules and restrictions

you really heard me when I urgency

:

00:43:59,321 --> 00:44:03,380

and intensity of, of community mental

health from all of these like rules

:

00:44:03,395 --> 00:44:08,825

restrictions I've been, like, I've

let all those leashes go and I've kind

:

00:44:08,825 --> 00:44:14,437

of cut myself loose on being kind of,

kind of impulsive and compulsive in

:

00:44:14,692 --> 00:44:15,382

Ben: it's just a lot

:

00:44:15,406 --> 00:44:15,586

Blakely: cut

:

00:44:15,672 --> 00:44:16,412

Ben: structured

:

00:44:16,945 --> 00:44:19,135

Blakely: I don't know kind

of impulsive and a lot.

:

00:44:19,370 --> 00:44:21,610

And it has let me,

:

00:44:22,550 --> 00:44:25,300

yes, yes, but also, also uncensored.

:

00:44:25,300 --> 00:44:26,582

Like I've let my it,

:

00:44:26,592 --> 00:44:31,615

has let me yes and just kind

of, I get angry if I don't,

:

00:44:31,788 --> 00:44:36,683

and not in an effective or helpful

way if I'm I attending to it.

:

00:44:36,692 --> 00:44:37,252

if I don't

:

00:44:37,753 --> 00:44:42,392

I have to regulate it and like, actually

care for myself in ways that don't if

:

00:44:42,392 --> 00:44:45,534

I'm not attending to it and those are

things that I haven't been doing because

:

00:44:45,784 --> 00:44:47,023

I care for myself

:

00:44:47,174 --> 00:44:51,472

been going with a lot of, make me uh,

I was a hedonist for about a year and

:

00:44:51,472 --> 00:44:54,322

a half after that, and then I kind

of started trying to get it together,

:

00:44:54,332 --> 00:44:55,792

and now I feel like I actually mean

:

00:44:56,491 --> 00:44:56,741

I.

:

00:44:56,955 --> 00:44:57,895

That I want this.

:

00:44:57,985 --> 00:45:02,526

I want a spirit that I don't have

right now actually mean for me,

:

00:45:02,586 --> 00:45:06,466

not for other people and getting

something for me is a lot harder

:

00:45:06,466 --> 00:45:10,136

to be motivated behind than to get

something that other people need me for.

:

00:45:10,898 --> 00:45:12,348

that's always a trap that I fall down.

:

00:45:12,388 --> 00:45:13,718

It's a trap that I fall down at work.

:

00:45:13,748 --> 00:45:15,138

Like other people need me to do this.

:

00:45:15,438 --> 00:45:17,198

That's automatically motivation.

:

00:45:17,538 --> 00:45:19,848

I can get out from under my cloud of shit.

:

00:45:20,000 --> 00:45:20,740

And just do it.

:

00:45:20,740 --> 00:45:21,800

But when it's something that

:

00:45:21,925 --> 00:45:22,955

Ben: Getting motivated to do it it's

:

00:45:23,190 --> 00:45:25,306

Blakely: something that I

even want to do for me, Eh.

:

00:45:25,531 --> 00:45:25,811

Ben: Getting

:

00:45:25,847 --> 00:45:26,117

Blakely: Eh.

:

00:45:26,251 --> 00:45:26,561

Ben: to do it it's

:

00:45:26,796 --> 00:45:27,166

Blakely: something that I

:

00:45:27,237 --> 00:45:29,557

And knowing just what to do.

:

00:45:29,617 --> 00:45:32,997

Like, I can't give myself homework the

same way that someone else can from

:

00:45:32,997 --> 00:45:34,527

an objective, more objective place.

:

00:45:35,219 --> 00:45:39,679

And I respect and appreciate

and trust your perspective,

:

00:45:40,949 --> 00:45:41,669

And

:

00:45:42,125 --> 00:45:42,325

Ben: yeah

:

00:45:42,380 --> 00:45:44,259

Blakely: that initial, even and trust your

:

00:45:44,445 --> 00:45:44,725

Ben: both

:

00:45:45,383 --> 00:45:46,003

Blakely: anyway

:

00:45:46,499 --> 00:45:47,749

Ben: discomfort the

:

00:45:48,588 --> 00:45:48,788

yeah

:

00:45:48,843 --> 00:45:50,223

Blakely: that initial even that

:

00:45:50,288 --> 00:45:52,338

Ben: We we both expected this, right?

:

00:45:52,428 --> 00:45:59,585

Like the pushback, the discomfort the fuck

yous, because it is about, this is what

:

00:45:59,585 --> 00:46:04,655

self care is hard We need each other for

feedback, and we need each other point

:

00:46:04,675 --> 00:46:10,505

out the things that we needs to be called

out on our own bullshit in a way that is

:

00:46:10,835 --> 00:46:14,465

loving and accepting and also challenging.

:

00:46:14,475 --> 00:46:16,215

And Self care.

:

00:46:16,875 --> 00:46:20,677

has been reduced down to coping skills.

:

00:46:21,000 --> 00:46:25,670

And coping skills help us maintain

the system, help us maintain the

:

00:46:25,670 --> 00:46:27,650

processes that are already there

:

00:46:27,875 --> 00:46:32,155

Everything else wants us to be

able to continue functioning the

:

00:46:32,155 --> 00:46:37,170

way that we should rather than

actually achieve any wellness.

:

00:46:37,721 --> 00:46:40,721

And that's, that's what

we're calling bullshit on.

:

00:46:41,046 --> 00:46:44,226

And so we call bullshit on each

other to support each other.

:

00:46:45,072 --> 00:46:50,639

Blakely: Well, and I need, I need

the, the direction of, cause I,

:

00:46:51,149 --> 00:46:54,389

I've been grasping at the essence

of what you're saying without,

:

00:46:54,918 --> 00:46:55,508

of

:

00:46:56,089 --> 00:46:57,809

it's almost like I'm aware

that I'm blind to it.

:

00:46:57,819 --> 00:46:58,209

Right.

:

00:46:58,809 --> 00:47:03,349

Like I can't quite get at what I need

to, what bridge I need to cross to get

:

00:47:03,349 --> 00:47:05,969

where I know I have been and want to be.

:

00:47:06,088 --> 00:47:08,478

I can't quite get at what I need to

:

00:47:08,689 --> 00:47:09,779

And I'm really,

:

00:47:09,914 --> 00:47:12,114

Ben: Right

:

00:47:12,209 --> 00:47:14,421

Blakely: time to be not shoulds,

:

00:47:14,450 --> 00:47:15,540

And I'm really

:

00:47:15,675 --> 00:47:17,875

Ben: Right

:

00:47:17,970 --> 00:47:18,560

Blakely: time about just

:

00:47:18,651 --> 00:47:22,631

actually being effective, being

honest with myself, being where

:

00:47:22,631 --> 00:47:26,900

I'm at, acknowledging that I

may, I may still pursue therapy.

:

00:47:26,930 --> 00:47:29,110

I don't think I'll pursue

the relationship that I would

:

00:47:29,110 --> 00:47:32,141

actually idealize if only because.

:

00:47:32,211 --> 00:47:34,705

It's, it's a path that's going

to take energy that I don't

:

00:47:34,705 --> 00:47:36,385

want to expend, honestly.

:

00:47:36,495 --> 00:47:38,495

And I don't believe that

it's available readily.

:

00:47:38,657 --> 00:47:40,137

And I'm on a track that feels good.

:

00:47:40,227 --> 00:47:43,680

And I, I'm cheating, but not in getting

:

00:47:44,570 --> 00:47:46,040

Ben: cheating I

:

00:47:46,110 --> 00:47:46,730

Blakely: you see me in

:

00:47:46,750 --> 00:47:47,660

Ben: back on it like

:

00:47:47,929 --> 00:47:50,421

Blakely: I'm cheating but not in getting

:

00:47:50,581 --> 00:47:52,781

Ben: think the word cheating I

:

00:47:52,851 --> 00:47:53,471

Blakely: you see me in

:

00:47:53,491 --> 00:47:58,511

Ben: back on it like my gut because

it feels like it's upholding some

:

00:47:58,511 --> 00:48:00,930

sort of arbitrary bullshit standard.

:

00:48:01,105 --> 00:48:04,463

this is about wellness, and

this is about caring for

:

00:48:04,463 --> 00:48:05,313

ourselves?

:

00:48:05,511 --> 00:48:05,661

Blakely: saying

:

00:48:05,701 --> 00:48:10,093

Ben: to me it feels like a No, I don't

think you believe it, but I do just wanna

:

00:48:10,601 --> 00:48:15,121

To me it feels like a cultural thing

that's seeped into language rather than

:

00:48:15,121 --> 00:48:17,531

an actual sentiment that you believe.

:

00:48:17,981 --> 00:48:20,211

Like, and that's where

I'm pushing back on it.

:

00:48:20,221 --> 00:48:26,601

Like, the idea that therapy is a

should for us when we have problems

:

00:48:26,601 --> 00:48:33,420

in our life is a part of the I think

the mental health stigma within the

:

00:48:33,420 --> 00:48:39,280

professional helpers in our business

and it becomes this like low hanging

:

00:48:39,290 --> 00:48:45,410

fruit that we can bop each other on the

head with and go, you're not, you're not

:

00:48:45,420 --> 00:48:47,700

doing what you should do, bop, right?

:

00:48:48,070 --> 00:48:54,060

And it, so anyways, no, I think that this,

what you were saying earlier is like.

:

00:48:54,485 --> 00:48:59,595

You you couldn't see the bridge over

the gorge or I don't know, something,

:

00:48:59,605 --> 00:49:03,865

something to that effect, but like,

you know, what's what you need to

:

00:49:03,865 --> 00:49:07,518

get to, but how to get there is hard.

:

00:49:07,907 --> 00:49:12,875

And I think that venturing through those

things together, particularly between

:

00:49:12,875 --> 00:49:15,266

the two of us, throughout the pandemic.

:

00:49:15,919 --> 00:49:18,551

Really helped, it cleared up the fog,

:

00:49:18,592 --> 00:49:19,152

uh

:

00:49:19,561 --> 00:49:26,127

so that the more bridges I crossed over

the big scary, canyons, I was able to see

:

00:49:26,127 --> 00:49:31,725

more that, Oh, this is the same, similar

one I can go do, and so, even in the

:

00:49:31,725 --> 00:49:36,935

future, like even putting therapy off into

the future for things that are deeper and,

:

00:49:36,945 --> 00:49:39,650

and, Harder to conceptualize right now.

:

00:49:40,170 --> 00:49:44,200

I think that you going into the

potential future of therapy without

:

00:49:44,220 --> 00:49:48,800

gaslighting yourself or seeing that

your vulnerability an absolute threat,

:

00:49:49,750 --> 00:49:52,340

that would probably be a lot better.

:

00:49:53,130 --> 00:49:53,810

So,

:

00:49:53,835 --> 00:49:54,154

Blakely: That

:

00:49:54,154 --> 00:50:00,524

I am not in a place to build

a new trusting relationship.

:

00:50:00,728 --> 00:50:01,138

Ben: Yeah.

:

00:50:01,213 --> 00:50:01,903

Blakely: I

:

00:50:02,334 --> 00:50:08,154

I think that's weirdly a succinct way

to put down what I'm kind of feeling.

:

00:50:08,234 --> 00:50:09,954

I am not in a place to trust anyone.

:

00:50:10,175 --> 00:50:10,805

Not anyone new.

:

00:50:10,964 --> 00:50:16,615

I I have a hard bubble and

I would like to get there.

:

00:50:16,635 --> 00:50:17,395

And I think you're

:

00:50:17,705 --> 00:50:18,815

Ben: Because I think what I

:

00:50:18,864 --> 00:50:21,074

Blakely: have a hard bubble and

:

00:50:21,074 --> 00:50:23,664

I would like to get

there And I think you're

:

00:50:23,974 --> 00:50:27,484

Ben: Because I think what I see and I

don't know if you see this or if it's

:

00:50:27,484 --> 00:50:33,259

really even helpful for to keep droning

about this but what I see, what I've

:

00:50:33,264 --> 00:50:39,088

seen for you in the last few years

has yeah, you've, the structure of

:

00:50:39,088 --> 00:50:41,788

the mental health center was let go.

:

00:50:41,946 --> 00:50:45,379

and you know, the permissions

you gave yourself were maybe

:

00:50:45,379 --> 00:50:47,449

a little more impulsive and.

:

00:50:47,578 --> 00:50:49,098

I think you called them hedonistic.

:

00:50:49,517 --> 00:50:56,109

But to me, it was also an exploration of

just permission to explore and to, learn.

:

00:50:56,781 --> 00:51:01,241

I've been talking with you the

whole time and once have I gone Yo

:

00:51:01,510 --> 00:51:05,860

Yeah, and I've, I've been, I've been

talking with you the whole time and

:

00:51:06,110 --> 00:51:09,048

once have I gone Yo you're fucking lost.

:

00:51:09,337 --> 00:51:10,897

I've never thought that.

:

00:51:11,047 --> 00:51:13,668

I have never thought that that

:

00:51:13,887 --> 00:51:14,407

so,

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your your passion your compassion,

your love, I've never seen that

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Blakely: Good

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Ben: I've seen your mood go up and down.

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I've seen your motivation go up and down.

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I've seen your eyes go, you know, maybe

like red to white, here and there.

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But, I've never gone I think I'm losing

my friend, so I think I just want to maybe

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offer you a little grace and a little

space to just be, and hopefully with this,

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you can offer that to yourself as well.

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Cause I, I've, I've, I don't know, yeah,

I trust your North Star, sort of, so.

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So we need to, you need to buy this book.

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You need to write down where improv shows

are, because I want to go to one, and I'll

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invite you to come with me if you'd like.

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would be a of

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Blakely: we should go.

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I should see when

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Ben: And also we need to pick a

place to go meditate together,

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because that would be a of

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Blakely: we should go I see down for

all of that, which funnily enough,

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it seems like going to an actual,

like meditative space communally is

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Ben: Oh

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Blakely: which funnily

enough it seems like

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Ben: like

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Blakely: um, I'm going to, I'm

going to make an executive decision

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that that is our mutual homework.

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It's the overlap in our

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Ben: yeah.

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like

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Blakely: um I'm going to I'm

going to make an executive

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Ben: Uh

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Blakely: overlap in our

Venn diagram of homework

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I'm going to a I don't know

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Ben: Damn How did I not know that?

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Blakely: We

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see live comedy pretty regularly

it depends on who's coming to town.

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But like, even

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Ben: okay so next time

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Blakely: stand up when

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I

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don't know I and flows It

depends on who's coming

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Ben: okay so next time

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Blakely: stand up when

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Ben: We will either talk about our

plans or have, talk about having gone

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to meditate and, or an improv show.

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Okay, cool.

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Oh I remembered that you have,

I have to go to an class.

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it.

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We'll get it.

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Fuck.

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Okay.

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Yeah.

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No, that makes me really uncomfortable.

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We'll do it We'll get

joining us We'll go there.

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All right.

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Well, everyone, thanks for joining

us We, we love that you are voyeurs.

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you be a voyeur if you're just listening?

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are eave dropping on

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auditorial voyeur.

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Blakely: it would be like an

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Ben: friendship

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Uh, we love that you

are eave dropping on our

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Blakely: Oh oh it would be like an

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Ben: friendship and hopefully

you're learning something.

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Hopefully, uh, you're

enjoying yourself and

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Blakely: if you dare

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Ben: Yes

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Blakely: yourself to

some, uncomfy self care

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really want to know what

your current self care

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Ben: We are LinkedIn

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Blakely: us on Instagram at being the

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Ben: If on the link LinkedIn folks

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Blakely: If you want to give

us a nice long self care

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Ben: We are also on LinkedIn

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Blakely: us on Instagram at being the

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Hey,

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Ben: LinkedIn folks

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Blakely: If you want to

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give us a nice profesh, we can

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Ben: us.

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know We

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Blakely: Tell us how, how you're

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Ben: love to hear your stories

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Blakely: Oh that's very profesh

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Ben: Yeah

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Blakely: us how

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how you're

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Ben: love to hear your stories

We would love to get to know you

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as you are getting to know us.

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