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G. Scott Graham (he/him)

Scott joined Momma on October 25, 2023 live on Twitch to talk about Prolonged Grief Disorder, Psychedelics and Psychiatric Service Dogs

About Scott

G. Scott Graham is an author, a career coach, a business coach and a psychedelic support coach in Boston, Massachusetts. Scott is driven to help clients follow their “true azimuth,” which is different from “true north.” It means coaching clients to identify the true focus of their life — something that speaks individually to them. It means recognizing the forces that push our lives off course and adjusting to them so you get where you want to go. It means that when you are 90 years old and you look back on your life you have a sense of pride, accomplishment, and meaning — with no regrets.

When he is not coaching people to be their very best, Scott manages a non-profit farm animal rescue. Scott participates in Tough Mudders, teaches Sun 73 Tai Chi, stand-up paddleboards with his dogs Groot and Rocket, and goes camping at State Parks throughout New England as much as possible. His daily spiritual practice focuses on anāpānasati, vipassanā, and mettā-bhāvanā meditation. Scott believes service is vital to a life well-lived: he volunteers as an EMT Instructor, as a Firefighter, and as a Master Gardener in his community. In his “free time,” he writes books.

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Episode Summary

In this episode of Even Tacos Fall Apart, MommaFoxFire interviews G Scott Graham on the complex topics of Prolonged Grief Disorder, Psychedelics, and Psychiatric Service Dogs. 

Key Takeaways:

The conversation begins with a candid exploration of Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD), a newly recognized diagnosis that attempts to put a timeline on the grieving process. Scott highlights the problematic nature of this diagnosis, emphasizing that grief is a fluid and deeply individual experience that cannot be neatly categorized. He stresses the importance of checking in with friends and loved ones about their mental health, encouraging open and honest communication by asking specific questions about their emotions, such as "How's your depression?" or "How's your grief today?"

The societal norms surrounding grief and mental health are also scrutinized, with Scott underscoring their limitations in accurately reflecting individual experiences. He advocates for a more supportive and understanding approach, emphasizing the significance of providing unconditional support to those who are grieving or struggling with mental health issues.

The conversation then shifts to the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for mental health treatment. Scott discusses his own experiences with psychedelics and highlights the importance of effective engagement and integration for a meaningful psychedelic experience. He emphasizes the need for careful consideration and preparation when embarking on a psychedelic journey, as well as the importance of integrating insights gained from these experiences into everyday life.

Another significant topic explored in this conversation is the role of psychiatric service dogs in providing support and assistance to individuals with disabilities. Scott shares personal anecdotes about his own service dogs and highlights the invaluable companionship and support they offer during difficult times. He emphasizes the importance of being present for others and offering support without trying to fix their problems, highlighting the profound impact that service animals can have on individuals' mental health and well-being.

Throughout the discussion, a common thread emerges: the importance of finding balance and acceptance in navigating life's challenges. Scott emphasizes the need for a clear vision and purpose in life to find meaning and fulfillment, while also advocating for equanimity – the acceptance of life's ups and downs without attachment or resistance – as a pathway to greater peace and happiness.

Overall, the interview provides a thought-provoking exploration of complex issues surrounding grief, mental health, psychedelics, and the role of service animals. Through personal anecdotes and insightful commentary, Scott and MommaFoxFire offer valuable perspectives and insights, encouraging listeners to approach these topics with compassion, understanding, and an open mind.

Favorite Poem/Quote: "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" - Robert Browning