Today we’d like to introduce you to Chad McKinney.
Chad, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’m currently leading professional development seminars throughout the country, serving as an energy bodywork practitioner, and selling my book at Target.com, Amazon, along with several national airports, book stores, and businesses. It’s been quite a journey, to say the least!
When I moved to San Diego in ’06, I began a nonprofit. The business utilized the funds generated from recycling to help people off of the streets and into jobs providing for themselves. We also created youth empowerment and community garden programs while building countless collaborations with businesses and not-for-profit organizations. When the business came to a crashing halt, I decided to go back to school and earn my PhD in psychology with an emphasis in general teaching. My research has focused on the experience of healing and meditation in practitioners of the Wim Hof Method. I’ve been fortunate to interview mostly certified instructors of the WHM and have gained some profound insights to this readily available, life-altering practice. I’m in the early stages of scheduling a TEDx talk to discuss my findings and have revamped my professional development seminars to bring this new scientific data to schools and organizations in an easy and practical manner.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Far from it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been very blessed throughout my life with the love and support of my family and friends. Without them, I still would have continued following my heart and living my dreams, but I can promise it would’ve looked much different. Guaranteed. That being said, it doesn’t mean it has been a smooth road by any means. A friend once told me, “You know, you really make me question Darwin because evolution should’ve weeded you out years ago” (laugher).
Throughout my life, I have faced a good deal of adversity. All of us have. We each have our own struggles, and no ones is more special than the next. It’s what we do with it that counts. Some of my struggles included, expulsion from high school senior year, theft from people I trusted, political corruption, failed relationships, countless near-death experiences, and watching a not-for-profit business I had poured my heart and soul into for eight years, come crashing to the ground. This doesn’t even include the inter and intrapersonal struggles that occur when following your dream. Doubt and ridicule from those close to you. Pressure to fall in line and follow the ‘traditional path. Scrounging for every penny month to month for years on end. However, every struggle is an opportunity to go deeper into gratitude and peace. We may not be able to always control what happens to us, but we can control our reactions. I’ve found the hardest lessons are often the greatest blessings.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about One Love Holistic Health?
One Love Holistic Health was founded back in 2014. I’ve always had a passion for helping people create happy, healthy, peaceful lives for themselves. I lead professional development seminars for schools and organizations. I currently specialize in mindfulness, emotional regulation, conflict resolution, and optimal human function. The work is founded in transpersonal psychology and incorporates Focused Attention Meditation (FAM), Open Monitoring Meditation (OMM), and breathwork. These empirically-based practices provide individuals with the skill set necessary to engage their parasympathetic nervous system and remain calm in stressful circumstances. Additional biopsychosocial benefits include improved focus, enriched inter and intra personal relationships, increased capacity for learning and creativity, a strengthened immune system, as well as, but not limited to, improved cognitive and physical function.
I’m also an energy bodywork practitioner, wellness coach, and author. In terms of what sets me apart from others in my field, ultimately, we are all unique and have something beautiful to offer this world. It’s just who is a good fit for someone. I have a PhD in psychology and a Masters in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, but what I’m most proud of, is that I speak from experience. So, when I teach about the benefits of being peaceful, present and grounded in gratitude, it’s because I’ve witnessed how powerful this can be in my life and how transformative it has been for my clients. Any benefits they may receive from working with me is because they were ready for that change. They’re the ones that had to do the work. It takes courage, openness, and love to let go of what no longer serves us. I would like people to remember that they have the power to choose and create their life on their terms, and every moment is a new opportunity to do so.
Who else deserves credit in your story?
All praise be to God. I’ve been very blessed on this journey to have such amazing family, friends, teachers and coaches in my life. My parents have been a true source of inspiration, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. The love, dedication, and perseverance they have selflessly given to our family is beyond words. I’m also forever grateful to my sister and her family for all they have done. Again, words can do no justice to how special they are. My grandparents’ past and present. My uncles, aunts and cousins. Their love, support and encouragement has gotten me through some tuff times while inspiring many wonderful ones as well. My friends for always being there and reminding me to laugh even when life didn’t work out quite as planned. My coaches and teachers who generously shared their wisdom and constantly pushed me to be the best version of myself.
I’ve also been strongly influenced and inspired by the work of Osho, Shantam Nityama, Shophar Graves, Mantak Chia, Sasha Cobra, Yao Morris, Tony Teora, Wim Hof, Hazrat Inyat Khan, and Mikhail Naimy. I’m so grateful to Deidre and Linda for giving me the opportunity to be a featured author at the San Diego International Airport. Anita Friedrich for her amazing creativity and vision as a photographer and the graphic artist for my book cover. I am forever grateful to everyone who has ever been there. I know I have barely scratched the surface, naming those who have been a positive influence in my life.
- Professional Development Seminar: $1500-$2000 depending on the number of attendees and time requested
- Energy Bodywork Session: $250 per session
- Wellness Coaching: $150 p/hour
- Website: Oneloveholistichealth.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chad.mckinney/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chad.mckinney.790