Akshay Nanavati | How To Love Your Fear: The (REAL) Secret To Unlocking Your Pure Potential

Wellness + Wisdom | Episode 606

How can you use your fear to prepare for unpredictable situations?

Akshay Nanavati | How To Love Your Fear: The (REAL) Secret To Unlocking Your Pure PotentialAkshay Nanavati, Adventurer and USMC Vet, joins Josh Trent on the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast, episode 606, to share how he uses fear to prepare for extreme conditions in nature, what lessons he learned about life during Polar expeditions, why it's important to love your fear, and why you need to confront your darkness.

“If you really want to know the heights of awe, the heights of bliss, go play in the depths of the abyss. Go play in the pain cave, go there, because it'll amplify the intensity of the human experience. It's how you feel more awe.”Akshay Nanavati


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In This Episode, Akshay Nanavati Uncovers:

[01:30] The Gift of Suffering

  • Akshay Nanavati
  • How he learned that suffering is a gift when he joined the Marines.
  • What you can learn from nature.
  • Why Polar travel is the most difficult outdoor activity.
  • The selfless and selfish reasons that motivated him to cross Antarctica.
  • What enlightenment is according to Akshay.

[11:05] Fear Propels You to Prepare

[13:30] Emotions + Duality

  • To feel fear is to be human.
  • Why emotions are neither good nor bad, they're just emotions.
  • How feeling guilt was an expression of love when Akshay's friend died in a war.
  • What the real cause of suffering is.
  • How you can use your emotions as fuel.

[21:15] Fear of Vulnerability

  • How Akshay met his girlfriend and took her on a hike for their first date.
  • Dave Asprey
  • Why he was more scared of an intimate connection with a woman than of death.
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Akshay's struggles with drugs.
  • The only way out is through.
  • How sharing your feelings can open up a space for authenticity and vulnerability.

[30:25] The Power of Pain

[35:20] The Darkness + The Light

  • The health problems Akshay has been struggling most of his life.
  • Black Hawk Down
  • How a movie inspired him to join the Marines.
  • Braveheart
  • Gratitude is a superpower.
  • How he used the depths of his darkness and the gift of his light as weapons to drive him forward.

[44:05] Learn to Love Your Fear

[53:20] Letting Darkness Open Your Eyes

[01:06:30] Pain Is A Part of The Process

  • Why Josh prefers to say “responsibility” instead of “debt.”
  • How most people live a life full of quiet desperation.
  • Happiness is not the elimination of sadness.
  • Why falling and pain are a natural part of life.
  • How Josh reparents himself through being a parent.

[01:13:00] PTSD Growth

[01:17:50] Shadow Work: Confront The Darkness

[01:24:15] Trust Your Inner Voice

  • How Josh moved to Hawaii and started healing his feminine.
  • Why Akshay writes down everything mystical that has happened in his life.
  • Learning to trust your inner voice.
  • How physical training helps Akshay access stillness.
  • Unpacking how he's preparing for the Polar trip.

[01:32:45] The Hero's Journey

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Power Quotes From The Show

It's OK to Feel Scared

“When you do something you've never done before, you will feel scared. That's why I don't like the idea of always being confident to take action. How can you be confident if you've never done the thing before? Confidence is the result of action, not the fuel of action.”Akshay Nanavati

No Emotion Is Either Good or Bad

“There's no bad emotions, there's no good emotions, there's only emotions. It's the label of bad, the assignment of the judgment of the emotion that causes more problems than the emotion itself. The second you accept the “isness” of the emotion and become aware of it without deeming it bad, then you can use any emotion as fuel to drive you into something better.”Akshay Nanavati

The Power of Nature

“Nature makes you realize how small you are, but at the same time, you feel all powerful out there because simply by stepping in that playground to control your reality, to be there, to survive, to thrive out there, you feel more powerful than you've ever felt. It's an experience of both control and surrender, and  ego and humility”Akshay Nanavati



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About Akshay Nanavati

Akshay Nanavati | How To Love Your Fear: The (REAL) Secret To Unlocking Your Pure PotentialAkshay Nanavati has overcome drug addiction, PTSD from fighting in Iraq with the Marines (where one of his jobs was to walk in front of vehicles to find bombs), depression, and alcoholism that pushed him to the brink of suicide.

Since then, by embracing his demons, he has built a global business, run many ultramarathons including a 24-hour run and 167-mile run across Liberia to help build a school, spent 10 days in darkness and isolation, skied 350 miles across the world’s 2nd largest icecap for a month and become 1 of only 26 people to ski up a remote glacier in Antarctica.

Despite 4 biological defects including a blood disorder that 2 doctors told him would kill him in boot camp, he is now a sponsored athlete and is currently training for a 110-day, 1700-mile, solo, never-before-accomplished crossing of Antarctica.

Combining his life experience with years of research in science and spirituality, he wrote the book “Fearvana,” about which the Dalai Lama said, “Fearvana inspires us to look beyond our own agonizing experiences and find the positive side of our lives.” All the profits from the book are going toward charity.

Akshay is now on a mission to help our human family fall in love with suffering in order to create a life of greater meaning, purpose, joy, and fulfillment.


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About Josh Trent

Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, daughter Nayah + a cat named Cleo. He is the host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath + Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 20+ years as a trainer, researcher + facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. Helping humans LIBERATE their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual + financial self through podcasts, programs + global community that believe in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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