Friday, April 8, 2022

Arash’s World Now Available for Health and Wellness Coaching and Counselling Services

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More than a dozen years ago when I started this blog, my intention was two-fold: On one hand, I wanted to document my thoughts, readings, experiences, and reflections as a type of open personal journal, while on the other hand, I wanted to share this personal journey with others so that they can connect and engage with me and in the hope that it will add knowledge and be food for thought for them as well.

Through my continuous upkeep, maintenance, and dedication over the years, I have not only accumulated a respectable following and exposure – with more than half a million visits and counting – but I was also rewarded with dozens and dozens of book review requests, and I obliged whenever possible (if you are still waiting for a review, rest assured that it is upcoming as I am continuously working through my backlog of books).

Then with the onset of the pandemic, I had the opportunity to engage in more personal interaction with renowned authors, experts, and leaders across the world through my various Podcast Interviews. In these interviews, debates, and conversations, I had wonderful opportunities to double-check and verify, refine, and expand upon my own theories about positive mental health and optimal personal growth while also openly sharing my own thoughts and experiences.

The podcast is, not unlike my blog, an eclectic list of a wide range of fields and domains with the main accent on Mental Health and Personal and Spiritual Growth, and my guests have been educators, filmmakers, global thought and happiness leaders, business and leadership experts and consultants, clinical psychologists, nutritionists, physicians, spine surgeons, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts to pastors, Buddhist monks, rabbis, and other spiritual leaders. I have not only had the privilege to learn from and cover and feature a wealth of knowledge and wisdom on my blog and podcast, but I have also made some wonderful contacts, connections, and beautiful friendships along the way. I am deeply grateful, privileged, and indebted to each and every one of them!

My personal journey of recovery, growth, and healing can best be pinpointed to the moment I read filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book on psychomagic. Although I have been fascinated with and immersed in philosophy, introspection, and spirituality since I was a teenager by following and exploring various trains of thought and practices, in particular, Christianity, Buddhism, and mysticism, it was Jodorowsky’s book that put me firmly and steadfastly on the path of healing, and it was the moment I fully and wholeheartedly engaged in psychoanalysis.

To say that this changed my life would not be an understatement. It connected me with my own core self not only on an intellectual but also on a deeply and profoundly emotional and spiritual level. I can at best compare it with people who claim they have seen the light or those who have had an epiphany or a transcendental experience. It helped me accept, embrace, and appreciate myself the way I am and engage on the path that truly resonated with me. It led me to live authentically with a long-lasting and deep sense of joy, gratitude, happiness, and inner peace.

It is difficult to describe and demonstrate this in words except that it resulted in an overall improvement in my physical and mental health. Most of my physical ailments had been due to emotional and psychological distress, and although I was never truly unhappy, sad, or desperate, I was not fully happy either and had a looming malaise dangling before me and accompanying me wherever I went. It was an ominous and vague feeling of dread that I tried to evade and avoid at any given moment.

Notwithstanding, I was constantly preoccupied with myself and worried about my work, my family, and daily living. My work-life balance was out of whack, and my stress was not only chromic but had reached an extreme and unbearably high level. I experienced serious health issues, including high blood pressure, sleep apnea, frequent migraines, obesity, and diabetes.

And yet, I have managed to recover from most, if not all, of those adverse health effects. My blood pressure is now under control to the astonishment and surprise of my family physician, especially as it was achieved without the use and involvement of medications that she wanted to prescribe; my sleep apnea is under control and I do not need to breathe through my machine to sleep well at night; my migraines are pretty much nonexistent, and my weight, although not ideal – I continue working on it through Intermittent Fasting, healthy nutrition, and relatively regular exercise – it is certainly acceptable: I have managed to lose close to 50 pounds without succumbing to and suffering from traditional dieting or rigid exercise regimens.

My own symptoms were, at least to a large extent, psychosomatic – and the excellent book by Suzanne O’Sullivan showed me the way and guided me towards this discovery - and by finding and fine-tuning the right and most effective approach, I was able to relieve a lot of my own trauma, which then lead me towards healing. And now, as living proof and example of transformational change, I am offering my services as your coach and guide.

Thankfully, people across the world are now acknowledging the importance and relevance of mental health and realize that it is and should be a top priority. As a result, there are many coaches and counselors out there. Some of them are excellent at what they are doing and are effective, while some of them only preach but do not live and embody authenticity, and they cannot truly help to deal with and eliminate the nagging and obtrusive feelings of fear and anxiety.  

This is, at least in certain cases, through no fault of their own but rather their reliance on tools and methods that are not perfectly suited to the issues at hand, and, as a result, they can only superficially treat the underlying psychological pain and wounds. My approach, however, is based on my own personal experiences, they have been tried and tested and are true and will reach and target the root issues and problems. My unique and holistic method is based on psychology, psychoanalysis and existential analysis, neuroscience, and mindfulness with a little bit of magic and spirituality thrown in. But if you are uncomfortable with the latter terms, we can easily refer to them as quantum physics.

I am currently still working on a book to showcase my discoveries and to further outline my theories, but I myself am the living and walking proof of the transformational change I am talking about. And I am here to help you and your loved ones in different ways and manners. I will gladly work with you to overcome shyness, gain more confidence in yourself, and try to find inner peace and happiness. I will use and apply evidence-based and trauma-informed methods and disciplines to help you discover and unearth your authentic self beyond the myriad expectations that you have of yourself and that others may have of you and past the negative and persistent voice of the inner critic deep inside of you.

I can assure you that my unique, innovative, pragmatic, and result-oriented method will help you on this personal journey as it brought wonderful changes to my own life. As mentioned earlier, I have tried and tested it on myself first – I am the proverbial guinea pig - and it has been the most beautiful, liberating, and spiritual experience I have ever had, which I can now modify and tailor to your own personal needs, situations, and circumstances.

In fact, I used to be a shy and hesitant person who lacked faith in himself and others, who was filled with constant self-doubt and worries, was constantly preoccupied with the opinion of others, and who, as a result, had difficulties with setting boundaries and finding a healthy work-life balance. But now I know much better and can indeed help you not only become stronger, more resilient, happier, and healthier in your life but also get to understand and know yourself much better in the process. What distinguishes me from many other mental health experts is the personal connection and experiences I have had alongside all the positive and long-lasting results that I have gained over the years. 

It will take work and effort, like anything in life, and you will have to invest in yourself, but you will just love the results and will not only develop significantly on a personal level, but it will also positively affect your professional and romantic relationships. If you are curious or just want to know more, please send me an email or book your first free session via my personal Calendly link to see how I can be of help and guidance to you. Please note that I speak five languages so I could assist you, your friends, and loved ones in the following languages as well: German, Farsi, French, and Spanish. Look forward to connecting with you!


Vincent said...

There's a book, You Are Here:Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Here's the publisher's blurb on Amazon, from where I recently bought the Kindle edition:

In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh—Zen monk, author, and meditation master—distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. But true mindfulness, Hanh explains, is not an escape. It is being in the present moment, totally alive and free.

Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, You Are Here offers a range of effective practices for cultivating mindfulness and staying in the present moment—including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. These teachings will empower you to witness the wonder of life and transform your suffering, both within and outside you, into compassion, tenderness, and peace. As Thich Nhat Hanh declares, “the energy of mindfulness is the energy of the Buddha, and it can be produced by anybody.” It is as simple as breathing in and breathing out.

It's very relevant to your new venture. I'll email you a few pages.

Dr. Carla Marie Manly said...


I am beyond thrilled for you and your ongoing journey. You are such a light of love, wisdom, honesty, courage, and integrity. Thank you for being a peaceful warrior of the heart and soul!

Those who are blessed enough to be guided by your wise, mindful coaching and counseling will surely evolve toward being their best selves.

Thank you for bringing your many gifts and talents into the wellness and counseling community; your skills are much-needed.

May your journey continue to be blessed!

With great joy and love,

Carla Marie Manly

Arash Farzaneh said...

Thank you for your comment and suggestion, Vincent! I fully and wholeheartedly agree with this wonderful and absolutely true statement about mindfulness:

"But true mindfulness, Hanh explains, is not an escape. It is being in the present moment, totally alive and free." Yes and yes!

I am and have been fond of Zen Buddhism for many years of my life, and I think, the late, wise and amazing Thich Nhat Hanh embodies it very well, and I shall definitely check out your recommended reading!

As always, thank you for your beautiful wishes and words of encouragement, Carla! It means a lot to me, and you have and always will be an inspiration for me with your kind words, wisdom and insights, and stunningly profound books! Much appreciated!