On our podcast ‘Tales That Tethr’, tethr Founder & CEO Matt Zerker interviews entrepreneurs, experts, thought leaders, and regular people about what is means to be a man, the challenges that modern men face, and how to overcome challenges and live life in a more connected and authentic way.
Welcome to Coach’s Corner, a series highlighting the mental health and wellbeing professionals in the tethr community. Here we'll learn a bit about the amazing work they do and they'll share some of their expert advice. If you want to share your work with the community, click here. Today we’re featuring Sam Morris, a Mindfulness Coach in California who’s practiced under master mentors for many years.
What led you to a career in mental health and wellbeing?
Surviving a spinal cord injury which left me paraplegic and then discovering that what I had learned from my life experience was valuable for people suffering from their own figurative "paralysis."
For anyone who isn't familiar, can you explain the kind of work that you do with patients/clients? Do you have a specialized area you focus on?
I specialize in mindfulness-based coaching. I help my clients to discover the power of living completely authentically in the present moment and then we work together to design their future from this empowered place of presence.
If you could only give one piece of advice to someone struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, what would it be?
Trust the ability of your mind to adapt and know that, in my experience, it is often those who suffer the greatest who ultimately turn it into the greatest gift for the world. That's where the lead eventually turns to gold.
What's the most important change you'd like to see in men's mental health? Or something you've already seen change?
Something that I am inspired by is that this is even a topic that we can discuss openly without shame. That wasn't the case not very long ago. A lot of people are still stuck in that old paradigm of feeling like there's something "wrong with them" if they can't handle life's problems on their own.
What do you value most about peer support in a person's mental health and wellbeing journey? What does peer support look like to you?
Peer support is essential. Peer support looks like a container of open-minded, non-judgmental men who can hold space for each other to really come face to face with their deepest fears and allow each other to crack open the inner blocks they have around revealing what has created the most pain in their lives.
How do you explain the difference between thoughts and feelings and the relationship between the two?
I see thoughts and feelings as existing on a continuum. Feelings show up as physical sensations in the body. Thoughts then tend to follow immediately to respond or react to the feelings. Those thoughts may or may not accurately interpret the feelings. Cultivating mindfulness is essential, because otherwise people will tend towards misinterpreting their feelings with old patterns of thinking that are not in service to themselves in the present moment.
What is the most inspiring part of your work, the thing that keeps you going? What is one thing you have learned that you want to share with everyone reading?
No matter what people think their limitations are, they are almost always fabricated by the mind. When you can recognize that and cultivate a more embodied awareness, you can tap into a deeper intelligence that is here to guide you to live a life of fulfillment.