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94. Using Cannabis and Plant Medicine for Increased Consciousness, Connection and Lifestyle Balance with Ryan Sprague

Have you ever really clicked with someone in your life and immediately felt comfortable and grounded, almost as if you’d known them for a long time? If you can relate to that, consider yourself to be truly blessed– because, as we discuss in this episode, life is ALL about relationships. My guest, Ryan Sprague, is one of those people for me. We haven’t known each other for long… In fact, this is the first time we’ve really sat down and had a one-to-one conversation. Ryan Sprague is an expert on cannabis and its holistic and medical uses, and this episode will take you to a wide variety of fascinating and complex topics. Ryan is so full of deep ideas and interesting perspectives that I already have him booked for next week’s episode!

Ryan’s mission in life is helping his fellow brothers and sisters become empowered in their experience of being alive through men’s coaching, plant medicine integration coaching and retreat experiences. Ryan is the founder and co-owner of Highly Optimized, which also has a podcast that he hosts in addition to his other show, This One Time On Psychedelics. I highly encourage you to check out Ryan’s programs and podcasts– he is truly a wealth of information.

Some of the topics we discuss in this episode include decision-making fatigue, core values, what it means to live a balanced and healthy life (hint: it does NOT involve strict dieting or removing things that make you happy), the difference between happiness and pleasure, and most importantly: why it is critical to be clear on your “WHY” for doing anything. We also spend some time talking about plant medicines and how to use them to enhance our self awareness for healing, as opposed to relying on them as a means for escape or numbing to the emotions our bodies must process. Lastly, we talk about the importance of using our imagination in the modern world as adults and our responsibility to acknowledge and listen to that inspired child-mind that lies within us all. You’re just going to LOVE this show, and I can’t wait to bring Ryan back to you next week! Please leave a review to let me know what you think of Awakening Aphrodite!


00:09:59 Susan’s Thoughts On Writing Making Sense Of Menopause

00:07:51 Our East Coast Origins And Other Commonalities

00:11:18 Seasonal Affective Disorder

00:13:39 Decision Making Fatigue

00:18:39 The Idea Of Balance

00:21:54 What’s The Deal With Self-Soothing?

00:25:50 The Wisdom Of Weekly Abstinence

00:30:59 The Minimum Effective Dose

00:33:21 Becoming Aware Of Cannabis Dependency

00:37:09 Ryan’s Three-Step Process To Ensure Your Conscious Use Of Plant Medicines

00:43:29 How To Avoid Using A Substance As Your Catalyst

00:46:43 How Belief Systems Shape Your Experience Of Reality

00:49:11 The Simple Step For Making Your Everyday Decisions Conscious

00:51:02 Joe Dispenza

00:52:27 Its All About Relationships

00:55:33 How To Find Ryan:

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Amy Fournier is a former People-Pleaser turned Healthy Lifestyle Entrepreneur who specializes in developing self-awareness and total mind-body transformation. She is a fitness and health expert, host of the Awakening Aphrodite podcast, author, inspirational speaker, artist, international cover model and a powerhouse of inspiration for looking and feeling your best no matter what your age, background or ability. With over 30 years of experience in fitness, health and personal development, Amy’s mission is to help YOU realize the power you have to control the way you look and feel and do it in a way that you enjoy and to optimize your ENERGY and life! Amy considers herself to be a student of life and a work in progress and most importantly, she also loves to nap and is a lucky Mom to cute little fur-baby, Charlotte.:)

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