John Lykurgus Wade is the co-founder (along with his wife, Roxy) and senior instructor for Living Heart+Mind, an online platform that was launched in 2015 to provide the world’s first 8-week Online CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) course.
With the birth of John & Roxy's beautiful grandson, Bodhi, John is now a full-time grandfather, husband, and guide to his family.
Though no longer teaching CBCT®, John leverages his life-long interest in holistic wellbeing, and his professional training and practice to help those who are serious about training their minds (and hearts!) for greater lifelong wellbeing. John is also currently working on a work of historical fiction which draws from his love of Texas history.
John's road from suffering to wellbeing and empowering others
After years of childhood abuse, John sought shelter and a path towards leadership by joining the military straight out of high school. Scoring in the top 10 percent of his class picked his first duty station, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations Center (ASWOC) in Japan. John’s personal meditation practice began as he studied Kendo & Aikido, while stationed in Japan, in 1991.
John left the Navy three years later after having also served aboard the U.S.S. Ranger (CV-61) aircraft carrier as an Operations Specialist (OS). Feeling directionless, with little family support, and a sense that there was still much to learn, John joined the Army six months later, becoming both a mechanic and then a paratrooper. He graduated from Army Special Forces (SF) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1998. Still, childhood trauma took its toll, and John left SF shortly after and fulfilled the remainder of his Army contract at Ft. Bragg attached to the storied XVIII Airborne Corps, where he was both paratrooper, mechanic, and communications NCO.
Following nearly 15 years of military service in both the U.S. Army and Navy, John left the service in 2001 and found himself struggling with alcoholism, depression, and a diagnosis of PTSD, the seeds of which were early-childhood mental and physical abuse. Then, at the age of 32, John got word that he was essentially, "fatherless." Already estranged from a family where he always felt like an "outsider," John learned that no blood-relationship existed between he and the man who "raised him." This unlocked years of anger, sadness, and depression, and greater clarity about the motivations of his childhood abuse.
After "looking for help in all of the wrong places, while doing all of the wrong things with all of the wrong men, John hit rock bottom and incarceration in Texas soon followed.
"It was during this period where I decided to start from scratch, as if I were a child not understanding how the world worked; how love works; how friendship works; how integrity works." While going to college, John’s relentless pursuit to discover “what actually works" when it comes to cultivating lasting wellbeing led him to receive training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI).
After incarceration, John continued this search, receiving training from the American Psychological Association (APA) on The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness Into Psychology and the Helping Professions. John still felt an intuitive need to search for a more comprehensive approach to training the mind to promote wellbeing.
In 2014, John and his wife Roxy reached out to Timothy Harrison, the Assistant Director of CBCT® and Carol Beck, the Assistant Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership (ETP) to learn more about CBCT® and its ability to develop and cultivate well-being. Realizing compassion training’s (which includes “mindfulness") ability to foster prosocial mental states (including mental stability, resilience, gratitude, empathy, and compassion), John, and his wife Roxy, travelled from their home in the Hill Country of Central Texas to Atlanta Georgia to attend the CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) Foundation Course. Acceptance into the intensive CBCT Teacher Training program followed, led by Geshe Lobbing Tenzin Negi, PhD.
In 2015, John and Roxy, working with Timothy Harrison, and with the approval of Dr. Negi, led an initiative to bring CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) to an online platform, motivated by the wish to bring the program to a wider audience. And after months of research and experimentation, John and Roxy were given approval to launch the world’s first platform (Living Heart+Mind) to offer Online CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training).
Since then, John has helped train breast-cancer survivors, individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, as well as doctors, psychotherapists, pharmacists, colleges students, and nurses.
As mentioned at the top of this page, John now devotes his time to raising his grandson, Bodhi, loving his wife and step-daughter Camille, and helping those who are serious about training their minds for greater wellbeing.
In addition, John is an avid student of Texas history. He is now working on a book of historical fiction.