In this week’s episode Louis Weinstock speaks with Joanna about: the shadow side of modern Western culture; the invisible harms of addictive technologies and social media on our children and young people; unplugging ourselves from the distraction economy to meet our uncomfortable feelings and truths; designing a new service for creating communities for young people experiencing grief; human beings are wired to meet face to face; finding ways of connecting the on-line world to the off-line world; transforming our emotional experience into compassionate action in the world; a new remembering of unconditional love; “Apart of Me”, a free app that helps young people through bereavement; “I am enough”.
Louis Weinstock: Professionally, I am a therapist, a coach, a meditation teacher, and a social entrepreneur, but to be honest with you, I feel uncomfortable with all of these labels. I am really just like you: a human being with a heart, seeking to reduce suffering and bring joy to myself and in the world.
I have specialised in the last 16 years supporting children, families, and adults to thrive, by helping them get free from emotional and practical blockages. I have achieved this through a private practice, as well as working with local authorities, Tier 4 mental health services, as a drug and alcohol counsellor, and for charities such as Centrepoint and Kinds Company, where I helped design and then manage a therapeutic education provision for some of London’s most damaged teenagers. I worked at a Hospice in Hackney providing emotional support to children and families when a parent or someone close to them is dying or has died. I have also worked as a Consultant on issues related to psychological, and spiritual wellbeing, consulting organisations such as Headspace, where I helped conceive a mindfulness app for kids.. I co-founded a social enterprise, Bounce Works, which is a foundry for creating digitally connected products designed to help reverse the growing mental health crisis. My greatest joy is to see how easily, given the right conditions, a human being can experience a blissful freedom from the inherited patterns that are limiting their innate brilliance. I believe this is particularly true with children. Children can inspire adults with their lightness.
“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik