In this episode, I had an incredible conversation with my new and good friend Augustto Javier. Augustto is well known in both the mindfulness and movement community throughout Toronto for his work with Mindset Brain Gym where he has taught and hosted a wide range of meditation and community events. More recently he has launched an incredibly popular alcohol-free nightlife series in Toronto called Urban Mystics. It is both a community and a movement around the appreciation of connection and community through music, parties, and celebration, free from the compulsive need to drink copious amounts of alcohol. From what I have witnessed so far, these events are amazing and feature well-known music artists as well as performances, breathwork, meditation sessions and a whole host of activities and healthy offerings to replace the liquor. Over the next year, he will be hosting a wide range of retreats and events to definitely stay tuned on what he is doing. Follow him @creativegeneralists on Instagram to stay tuned on the updates.
I initially met Augustto at a weekend retreat north of Toronto in Muskoka, well known to be one of the most naturally beautiful places to relax in North America, and certainly the best available for most people in Ontario. At this retreat, we connected on a wide range of topics and I knew immediately that this episode was immediately and subtly in the works. This episode is the first in what I am sure will be many more to come. Most importantly, Augustto and I share a common passion for both mindfulness, meditation, as well as the mostly forgotten art of understanding of proper, healthy masculinity. Contrary to what many of us are told, this is an incredibly important topic in today’s world, especially for the youngest generation of men growing up in North America. Just as most women truly need that connection with their feminine side, men need the same, though we are often told this is not ok. We are taught that this desire for masculine purpose is ‘toxic’ in numerous ways, which in reality, is kilometers from the truth. Masculinity is inherently good. It is purposeful, supportive, all the while remaining strong and reliable. Masculinity in and of itself is not toxic or negative. Bad men in the past, have no place in defining what this means for the rest of us, and they won’t. Spirituality, meditation, mindfulness, self-awareness, connection, whatever you want to call it is not so farfetched as we seem to believe. It is well known and documented that nearly every society on earth before us as well as a massive portion of existing societies regard these practices as essential and purposeful. Coincidence is not real, there was and is a purpose and a reason and an understanding and a shared consciousness shared by these people. Just maybe, there is more going on in this world than meets the eye. Just maybe, these people know something more. Just maybe the ‘esoteric’ we like to perceive as a phenomenon are the ‘norm’, and we are the ones with something backward. Are we happy, are we connected? is life the way it ought to be? We have certainly proven that our modern lifestyle does contain all the answers to life’s questions and trivialities, so we have no place in shutting down the world of possible realities that just may exist on the other side of what meets the eye. This is especially true in a world where science has already proven that there are roughly 6 dimensions that as humans, we are unable to perceive. With this discovery as a central theme of our passion-filled fireside chat, Augustto dive into a set of our favorite topics. Cutting this episode down from 4 hours to 2 was incredibly difficult, but I think this one will be filled with all the juicy goodness any open-minded person can handle for now.
Enjoy the episode!
As a side note, Augustto and I will also be sharing a set of men’s mindfulness & community evenings in downtown Toronto in the months to come (which will depend on the length and timing of our current Quarantine situation). If you would like to stay tuned on when and where these will be happening, the best way to do so will be to subscribe to my newsletter where I will be sharing all of the updates around my business, events & content. These events will include lessons from incredible men from around the province, as well as great opportunities to hone your practice within a community of like-minded individuals.