Welcome to this interview. Today, we have the honor of having Antonio Mengual with us, a 37-year-old Spaniard who has turned his childhood traumas into an opportunity to help others heal. Antonio, it’s a pleasure to have you here.

Hello! Thank you very much for inviting me. It’s a pleasure to be here and share my story.

Antonio, please tell us a little bit about your personal story and how you managed to turn your traumas into motivation to help others.

From a young age, I grew up in a dysfunctional family where I didn’t receive love or affection, which created a constant feeling of abandonment and rejection within me. These traumas deeply affected me. However, I have always been a sensitive and empathetic person, and that quality drove me to want to help others.

I remember someone important in my life told me a phrase that changed my perspective: «Antonio, you are too big to keep yourself to yourself. You have to share yourself with others.» That phrase marked a before and after in my journey. I decided to focus my life on helping others heal so that no one had to go through what I experienced.

After graduating in psychology, you felt unable to help others and decided to start a new life in the United Kingdom. Tell us about that period and how your healing process unfolded.

After obtaining my psychology degree, I felt that I needed something more to be able to help effectively. I experienced an existential crisis and decided to embark on a new adventure in the United Kingdom. For almost eight years, I lived in that country, and it was during that period that I began my own healing process.

I realized that psychology alone was not enough to help many people who were suffering in life. That’s when I decided to study Buddhism and nourish myself with spiritual teachings to develop my spiritual side. This combination of psychological and spiritual knowledge allowed me to find a deeper and more holistic perspective on human suffering.

As you mentioned, many people suffer because they have lost their connection with the world and themselves. How do you help them find that connection and give purpose to their lives?

Indeed, I have observed that many people feel disconnected from the world and themselves, which leads them to lose their sense of purpose. My approach is to help my patients reconnect with the world through psychological techniques, mindfulness, and spiritual practices, among others.

I accompany them throughout the healing process by increasing and sharpening their level of awareness, both of themselves and the environment they live in. One of the things that sets me apart from most professionals is that I don’t work on happiness as the goal of healing.

We have been educated in such a way that we must work hard and strive as much as possible to be happy and achieve that coveted happiness. We were sold the idea that the purpose of life is to be happy, and that’s how we tend to focus our lives.

The problem here is that, first, most people don’t have a defined concept of happiness, which makes it even more difficult to obtain, and second, many people realize that happiness is not enough to deal with the world.

Think about it this way: imagine that a person has spent their whole life striving to be happy and has finally achieved it—they have the life they want, a job, a family, the social circle they desired, and enough resources to indulge in every possible way. But one day, they visit their doctor and are told they have fibromyalgia (an autoimmune disease that causes chronic, intense pain throughout the body) or they receive a phone call saying that their loved one has cancer. In this scenario, how do you think their happiness will help them in that moment?

Simply put, happiness will disappear as soon as life truly tests you. So the question becomes: If the purpose of life is not to be happy, then what is it?

The purpose of life is to build a life in such a way that it can sustain and absorb all the suffering you will have to go through. A life that even after losing loved ones, even after going through various hells, you still think it’s worth living.

This goes far beyond mere happiness. As Nietzsche said, «He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.»

Currently, we know that you give lectures and seminars for private companies, have been interviewed in various international media outlets, and are working on your first book. Could you tell us more about your current projects?

Certainly, with pleasure. Currently, I have the privilege of giving lectures and seminars for private companies, where I share my knowledge and experience on healing processes, levels of consciousness, spiritual practices, mindfulness, and everything necessary for each person in attendance to have a broader idea of how to become their best version and add a little more color to their days.

I have also had the opportunity to be interviewed in different international media outlets, where I have shared part of my healing process and my own worldview. I am grateful for the opportunity to spread a message of hope and transformation through these media.

And of course, I am excited to be working on my first book, where I will delve into my personal story and share practical tools that readers can start implementing from that precise moment so they can find their life purpose while embarking on the journey of self-discovery.

I hope this work can reach many people and be an inspiring guide for those seeking to overcome their own adversities and find light on their path.

During the pandemic, several newspapers reached out to you to discuss the psychological impact of confinement. Could you comment a bit on your perspective regarding that?

The pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for everyone, both physically and emotionally. During moments of confinement, many people experienced increased stress, anxiety, and a sense of isolation. The lack of connection with others and the uncertainty of the future deeply affected our mental health.

In that context, my vision was to offer support and guidance through resources and practical advice for taking care of our emotional health during confinement. I emphasized the importance of maintaining healthy routines, practicing self-care, maintaining virtual connections with loved ones, and finding creative ways to deal with stress.

I firmly believe that, despite the difficult circumstances, we can all find opportunities for growth and healing. Focusing on our emotional well-being and seeking ways to adapt to the circumstances helps us overcome challenges and find the inner strength to face any adversity.

The story of overcoming and helping others that you have shared has resonated with many people. What final message would you give to those who are seeking to find purpose in life and help others in their healing process?

My final message would be to never underestimate the power of your own story and personal experience. Often, the adversities and traumas we face can be the catalyst for significant change in our lives and the lives of others. Each of us has the ability to transform pain into compassion and suffering into growth.

If you are seeking to find purpose in life and help others in their healing process, I encourage you to connect with yourself, explore your passions and talents, and discover how you can use your experience to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Remember that you are not alone on this journey and that there are always resources and support available.

I also invite you to practice empathy and care for others. By showing compassion and providing support to those going through difficult situations, you can contribute to their healing and transformation process. We all have the ability to be agents of change and have a positive impact on the lives of others.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself in the process. Self-compassion and self-care are crucial for maintaining a healthy balance while helping others. Seek support from mental health professionals and surround yourself with a community of people who share your values and goals.

In recent years, we have seen an exponential increase in professionals offering their knowledge and experience to help others through social media. Can you tell us what makes you different from the majority of them?

This is an excellent question! On one hand, I’m glad to know that more and more people are dedicating their lives to serving others. It means that those who are going through challenging times have more resources and opportunities to emerge from them. That’s something we should celebrate.

Regarding your question, there are several things that characterize me and differentiate me from the majority: The fact that I come from a dysfunctional family and have had to face countless demons in my head practically all my life, coupled with the fact that I have found ways to survive every little hell I’ve been through, resonates with many people. They feel that they don’t need to explain in detail what they’re going through because I have been in similar situations. In the therapeutic process, they see not only my professional side but also my more human side, and that is a fundamental point when accompanying someone in their healing process.

Think of it this way: if you wanted to climb Mount Everest, would you do it with someone who has no experience or with someone who has climbed it several times and can teach you how?

Another point that sets me apart from the majority is the combination of psychology and spirituality in my therapeutic practice.

Usually, people focus on one or the other: either you find someone who is a psychologist and works from that approach, or you find someone who is spiritual and also centers their practice around that branch. It is not as common to find a professional who has training and experience in both areas, providing them with more resources to help you get out of the situation you’re in.

Thank you, Antonio, for sharing your inspiring story and reminding us of the importance of personal healing and the power of helping others on their journey. We wish you much success in your current and future projects. Your message of overcoming and assistance has left a lasting impact on us. Thank you for being here!

I appreciate the opportunity to share my story, and I hope it can inspire those who are seeking to find their purpose and help others in their healing process. Together, we can make a significant difference in the world. Thank you to you and the team for this interview!

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